Microtek flat bed scanner ScanMaker i900

In August 2004, Microtek released the ScanMaker i900 as a follow-up model of the ScanMaker. It is actually a flat bed scanner that can also be denominated as a filmscanner. There are enough flat bed scanners with an integrated transparency unit on the market; but in the case of the Microtek ScanMaker i900, the film material is not scanned with a transparency unit but with a patented processing called E.D.I.T. technology. This means in the practice, that the scanner has a kind of draw at the base in which the supports with a filmmaterial of any size can be put in.

At the end of the year 2007, with the ArtixScan F1, Mikrotek introduced a follow-up modell for the ScanMaker i900 into the market.

The advantage of this technology is very obvious: the positives and the negatives can be straight transilluminated by the light source and the remaining light can be straight measured by the CCD line sensor. Thus, the usual glass plates of the flat bed scanner that can lead to a not insignificant loss of quality (newton rings, etc), are omitted.

The Microtek ScanMaker i900

The second point with which the ScanMaker i900 of Mikrotek stands out is the renowed ICE dust and scratch removal procedure. But in the case of the i900, the ICE only works for reflective originals; the reason why Microtek has not integrated this procedure for the transparent originals is a mistery to me. In the following I mention my experiences with the Microtek ScanMaker i900.

The detailed test report of the Microtek ScanMaker i900 is only available in German language. We also tested in detail the follow-up modell ArtixScan F1 .

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