Jump to content
Welcome to the NEW Photo.net! ×

Imacon 646 vs Drum scanning?


jonpaulgallery
 Share

Recommended Posts

I am hoping for input from those experienced with both. I am shooting 4x5 and

6x17 transparencies and prodicing lightjet prints as large as 48x60 and 32x96.

Currently I pay to have drum scans done, which is costly, time consuming

(shipping back and forth), and thus limits the number of images I have

scanned. I would like to bring this process "in house". I am leaning toward

the Imacon 646 for ease of use, space consumption, and what sounds to be

professional quality for my output. I would love to hear any input from those

experienced with these, not theoretical input.

 

Thanks very much!

 

JP

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I own an Imacon 646. For images as large as you want to make - drum scan to the correct file size. Or, find a used drum scanner. There are many available in the same price range as the 646.

 

I chose the Imacon because I don't have the space to setup a drum scanner. The 646 is a fine scanner, but you'll only be able to scan at 2080ppi for the 4x5 and 6x17. Not nearly enough pixels for the size images you want to make.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

"Oh . . I was unaware of the ppi restraint on the format. That is a big deal if you're printing large like that. You're going to need close to twice that resolution."

 

Yep. Actually I was wrong, I just fired up Flexcolor and looked at 4x5 - it's 2040 ppi and not 2080. Which is why he really needs a drum scanner. 6x17 can be scanned at 3200 ppi.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've not ever used an Imacon scanner so I can't speak directly to it's quality in comparison to a drum scanner. You migtht find this link useful in this regard:

 

http://www.largeformatphotography.info/scan-comparison/

 

What I can speak to is my experience with a used drum scanner. After a lot of research, good timing, and some luck I bought a used Optronics ColorGetter Eagle drum scanner on Ebay. Like you, I shoot 4x5 and 6x17 and can now drum scan them at any practical size. I just made a 40x60 print from a 4x5 at 360dpi (non-interpolated) that looked fantastic. Buying a used drum scanner on Ebay can be a crapshoot, so if you're risk averse I might suggest buying a used, refurbished, warrantied unit from Aztek that start around $6500. Even this price (more than 2x what I paid for my machine) is MUCH cheaper than an Imacon, with quality that is at least as good and is probably better.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 year later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...