Scanning, whether from transparencies, negatives or reflectives was once an occupation on its own. Nowadays more and more photographers are finding the need to include this activity in their workflow. There are many reasons why a high-end scanner can be seen as an integral part of a photographer's equipment today.
Maintaining control to maintain quality is an attractive concept to many photographers wanted to deliver the optimum to their clients. Thats why Hasselblad offers professional-level scanners that are easy to use while still retaining the quality inherent in the original.
Hasselblad Flextight X5 Scanner Overview
The Flextight X5 is the top model in the Flextight scanner series providing the best of all worlds. Ease of use, incomparable quality, unique, batch-scanning facilities all packed in a classical and characteristic design.
Up to 8000 dpi The very high quality KodakﾠCCD is an 8000+ pix sensor. Even though you can find scanners with larger sensors you will not find better clarity and detail rendition when scanning photographic film. That is due to the electronic handling of the sensor, the mechanical precision as well as the quality of filters and the resolving power of the Rodenstock lens.
Up to 300 MB per minute running the electronics at this speed demands a great deal from the internal design and is also a challenge in terms of heat generation. Therefore the Flextight X5 scanners are equipped with a Peltier cooling device on the CCD itself. In this way heat is controlled which avoids compromising the quality of the scans.
Dust removal features The scanner is equipped with a light condenser eliminating the effect of small dust particles, which are normally invisible unless you zoom 100% into your image. They can be the most annoying and time-consuming part of scanning but they are removed without losing speed or quality. additionally, you can add the FlexTouch dust removal feature which will remove dust and small scratches without having any impact on the sharpness at all.
Batch and slide Feeder capabilities By attaching the Batch- or slide Feeder it is now possible to set up an automatic scanning workflow. The Batch Feeder allows up to 60 originals to be scanned, unattended. The Batch Feeder can take most kinds of transparencies and they are automatically recognized and scanned according to pre-defined specifications. The Feeder holds up to 50 slides, which can be scanned in one batch. The files produced can either be final TIFF files cropped and corrected or saved as raw 3F files, which can be opened and corrected just if they were initial scans.
The 3F file and workflow When selecting the 3F file format as automatic scan mode the images are scanned in a specified resolution at 16 bits per color. In this way the full range of the original is extracted from the scan. The 3F file is never altered but will act as a 'preview scan' when you open it later and you can re-do all operations and change what-ever parameter you like. This is exactly like re-scanning but without the film original present. Furthermore, every time you save a file from the 3F format the history of your decisions is embedded inside the 3F file, which will enable you to repeat whatever you have been doing whenever you like.