Microtek ScanMaker 8700 USB Scanner
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- USB and FireWire connection
- 42-bit color depth
- 2,400 x 1,200 dpi resolution, 9,600 by 9,600 dpi enhanced resolution
- Scans both reflective art and multiformat film
- Includes software bundle
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The Microtek ScanMaker 8700 features an exclusive, patented dual-media design that allows you to scan both reflective surfaces and transparencies. It accepts legal-size documents, 35mm film slides, acetate sheets, and full-size books.
Microtek's innovative EDIT (Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology) eliminates Newton rings (blemishes caused in some scanners by interfering panes of glass) to ensure perfect, unadulterated image quality every time. True single-pass 2,400 x 1,200 optical resolution captures an unprecedented 1.44 million pixels per square inch, combining razor-sharp detail with the vivid clarity of 42-bit color depth.
Standard Macintosh and PC USB connectivity is augmented with the renowned FireWire linking kit. FireWire's lightning-fast transfer rates and superior data integrity maximize the 8700's efficiency while retaining the versatility of previous ScanMaker models with the regular USB port connection.
Enhanced interface software and an expanded utilities package provide powerful tools for user-friendly graphics and document manipulation. Included are Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE, Trellix Web designer, Microtek ScanWizard, Kodak Digital Science color management, and more.
Top customer reviews
When you would click the arrow in the toolbar to shut it down, it would not respond.
I did not get an owner's manual with my first scanner. So I sent it off; the replacement was a different story. It worked! It has not given me any "partial" scans; it has shut down properly everytime, and it had the owner's manual.
After e-mailing tech support to find out about the dynamic range, (indicates how a scanner might produce shadow detail) I found out it was a 3.2. This is not so great; I had noticed on more than a few slides that the shadow detail was lacking.
For me, this scanner prints better from negatives, as the film I use has very good latitude. 2400x1200 dpi optical for 35mm is okay but if you are serious about your work, wanting enlargements, your negatives or slides better be super sharp, with good contrast-otherwise I would look for a higher dpi output, or try a larger negative format.
To wrap this up, I wish this scanner had a better dpi output and a higher dynamic range-I would say the two most important characteristics, besides very sharp scans. Otherwise, the scanner is easy to use; the other features make it enjoyable to use. I would give it 3 stars, but the ability to print from larger negatives-4x5, 6x6-6x9 film negatives or unmounted slides, or 8x10 transparency holder w/glass hopefully will help out the quality of my enlargements-will have to wait and see.
My only gripe is that for what this scanner costs, that it does not include a DETAILED user manual. Customer service is a long wait on the 1-800#. I gave up and worked out my questions myself-like how to get to the PRINT menu in Photoshop5LE. Also, the filters & tools in the Photoshop menu grey-out. What is going on here? It depends on if you use 16 bit or 8 bit color-the 16 bit mode grays out some of the menu choices-although you can adjust levels and curves in 16-bit mode, which is the best mode to do this in. (I was a newbie at Photoshop when I first wrote this; still learning about "layers").
I really questioned this purchase, and considered returning it but I will keep it, as I am a serious photographer and need the control for my printing. The slide and film holders for DIRECT scanning (no distortion from glass), 42bit color, legal size scanning, 2400x1200, dpi are very good attributes for this scanner.
The software includes Adobe Photoshop 5 LE-this takes some working with-use the help menus-they have answered more than a few of my questions, as there is not much help in the way of a manual for this very useful software. The additional software lets you create a web page, & share photos on the web.
I would give it 5 stars, but because of the not so high dpi-1200 max, and technical support is a toll number if you have to call customer service; (they are helpful). Image quality is nice; color is great, even Microtek's scan interface with imaging controls are very good.
You can get a nice 13" print on the long side from a 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 scanned in at 1200dpi, 1:1 magnification, resized at 300 resolution. You can get a 16.25" print at the lowest recommended printing resolution, 240. I printed Fuji Velvia slides in 120-this scanner was made for this film! As far as the 3.2 density rating is concerned, you can just about ignore that with this film, and of course you can work with levels and curves for more shadow detail from color negative films. I do not use 4x5 film, but I believe this scanner would produce excellent scans for large format users needing 16x20 (or larger) prints.
(This is an updated review, that includes comments about medium format capabilities.)