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Almost exclusively color negative, the challenge is to color correct to achieve high fidelity in complexion tones with portrait film images. This high key portrait, which I've scanned before, was reproduced by far the best using the ArtixScan in the sharpness and smoothness of the image tones as well as the clean whites of the subject's gown against the subtle tints of the background. Brooks, All Rights Reserved In the last year I've had more e-mail inquiries about what scanner to buy if a photographer has MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f and large format film to scan than any other single topic. Until now I've not had a good answer for anyone requiring professional quality at a price most individuals can afford. Microtek with their new ArtixScan has changed that situation very dramatically. On top it is a rather standard flat-bed scanner.

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But, toward the bottom of this unusually bulky scanner there is an almost hidden drawer that slides out and accepts a variety of holders for all sizes of film. Inside is a dual lens multiple resolution scanning mechanism that supports dpi scanning of the entire scan area, 8x14" reflected on top, and 8x10" for transparent material in the drawer, as well as dpi for a 4" strip on the left side the entire length of the scan area. This is sufficient to support scanning MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f 35mm slide or negative to MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f 11x14 prints with good reproduction quality or wall-sized images from 4x5 or 8x10 film.


The resolution is backed up by bit 12 bit per RGB channel color depth for scanning and support for standard 8 bit as well as 12 bit per channel output. Combined with Microtek's patented two-level design that supports standard reflective scanning and glassless scanning directly from the emulsion facing the sensor, the best quality is assured for both types of scans. For film larger than 4x5" a glass support drawer insert is used which still maintains the direct from MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f emulsion scanning of the film. In addition, the 8x10 glass support drawer insert can be used to provide direct from the emulsion entire roll proof sheet scanning of film and 35mm film cut in five frame lengths.

This full daylight study of an abandoned cantina in an old Mexican border town was made on Kodak MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f HC film. The negative density range was far too great to print normally by traditional means in a wet darkroom. However, the full range of tones in the negative were easily scanned with the ArtixScanproviding rich detail from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights, reproducing a rich range of bold to the most subtle colorations in the scene with great accuracy.

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Color management control for the scanner for both reflective and transparency scanning is included. This is a quite comprehensive manual scan control utility that may be used as a stand-alone or as a Photoshop plug-in on a Mac, or a TWAIN driver from within applications on Windows.

It has full support for batch scanning for up to 16 color slides or 24 35mm color negatives as well as combinations of film frames. Several MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f automated functions, including setting the dynamic range and the black and white points with adjustable gamut clipping, are supported. Options also include a selection to color correct in RGB or LCH colorspace, and a broad selection of various sharpening and descreening filters.

Working With The ArtixScan To get a feel for this new scanner I chose to scan as many different formats and kinds of materials as possible. Besides calibrating the scanner for reflective scanning, I also used it to read an ICC test print target for the creation of a custom printing profile. After calibrating the film scanning side, I began my test scans by MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f a recent shoot using Kodak's new 35mm Supra color negative films.

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No film term was supplied for Supra so a MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f tweaking was necessary, this went very well, as did a couple of final scans of single frames at dpi from the set. Although there are film terms supplied for four different brands, there were no film terms supplied for any or 4x5 professional color negative films.


All rollfilm sizes and 4x5 can be readily set up so the color correction for the scanning of several images can all be done individually and then the actual scanning of the selected frames is accomplished MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f a batch saving each file to your hard drive automatically. This screen shows the tools available when the LCH colorspace is selected. Once assured the Artix-Scan would do a good job with 35mm scanning, I went on to scan a variety MICROTEK Scanner ArtixScan 2500f film sizes including color negatives, transparencies, and silver-based black and white film negatives. The drawer and the film holder made to fit the drawer are all extremely well made, robust, and quite efficient to use. Currently the size is a 6x9 film frame so it does not support smaller 6x4.

I understand a new adjustable holder will be available later. This was no great inconvenience. I just took care that the smaller film frames were held flat, which was little additional bother. Doing an overview of the entire scan area and then pre-scanning is quite rapid and works very well, providing a fine resolution adjustable window for viewing the preview image.

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