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Old 11-23-2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Hi!

Any recommendations for a flatbed A4 scanner, needed to scan flat colour artwork from illustrators for professional publishing?

The publisher requires 300ppi, but obviously good/true colour is a given!

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Old 11-24-2007, 09:57 AM   #2
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I'm told that the Epson Perfection range excellent, and the V750 is the best A4 scanner by miles. Prices of these devices have dropped considerably over the past two or three years.

   
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Robin,

Many thanks for that. The reviews I've seen of it all focus on scanning slides and photos. I'd want it mainly for flat colour artwork. Can I safely assume that that too would be of high quality?

I've had a couple of low-end Epson scanners and always been impressed.

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Old 11-24-2007, 11:26 AM   #4
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i would recommend the 4990, it's the model just below the one robin recommended. it's wonderful.
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Thanks, Norman.

Do you think that I would notice the difference over a V100, for example?

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No I don't think you would. It also does transparencies quite well, though I'd buy a 3rd party filmholder.
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Norman, now I'm puzzled! If I wouldn't notice the difference, why would I pay so much more for it? (I recently bought a V100 in a sale for GBP50.)

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Hello Adrian,

You said in your original post that the scanner was for professional publishing. Since the price of the top A4 Epson scanners are so low, go for them rather than the cheaper models! You might spend another £200 or so, but that's peanuts for professional work.

   
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Thanks, Robin. I don't mind spending the extra if I'm sure that I'm going to get some benefit from it.

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the 4990 is a very high quality scanner for flatbed reflective scans. in my opinion the only visible difference between it and the more expensive models, is in the transparency scanning. check the Dmax rating if you want to see how well it scans the shadow detail.
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