Distinctive features of the Dual Film /Fatbed Scanner
Autofocus Scanners
  • Originally popularized by Agfa these units were popularized by Microtek's own
    branded units. On the expiration of the Agfa contract Microtek scanners like the M1/F1
    were made in greater resolution versions. This model includes auto-focus.
  • ScanScience kits for this scanners consist of overlays and accessories which the
    user utilizes to wet mount on the glass tray of the scanner, relying on the glass drawer
    insert provided with the scanner as the surface onto which the fluid mount is built.
    These kits do not include an adapter nor a glass plate, as in fact the scanner glass
    drawer is used to mount fluid mount.  With the film fluid mounted onto the glass, the
    ULTRANS overlay is fluid mounted to the film backing. The whole assembly is then
    taped to the glass.   
  • Microtek has recently re-started marketing operation in the US which is welcome
    news for Photographers.
  • Favorite Models of this series are the ArtixScan 1800f, Microtek's first USB 2.0
    scanner,  ArtixScan F1, (M1) 4800dpi/ 48-bit, 4.2 Dmax, Dual media design for
    scanning photos and film, E.D.I.T. glassless film scanning technology, Smart Auto
    Focusing technology,  templates for 35mm slides, strips, medium format (up to 6 x 17
    cm panoramic) & 4" x 5" film, Reflective: 8.5" x 14", Transparent: 8.0" x 10", Hi-Speed
    USB 2.0.
  • These scanners can scan film without the added refraction of the flatbed glass, as
    is the case with flatbed scanners. These scanners have dual light sources. This
    increases the price of the scanner but potentially, elevates the scanner in the realm of
    full FILM scanners.
  • Ordinary flatbeds combine both functions for both opaque and transparency (film),  
    the Microtek Dual Film / Flatbed scanners have separate hardware for reflective and
    transparency materials.
  • For a full review here is the web link: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,
  • Dust: In common with all film scanners, special care must be taken to prevent dust in
    the scanner chamber.
  • The Creo resolution goes up to 8000 dpi. in some models
    and the price   goes to $25K.
  • Although technically possible with these scanner to fluid
    scan on the flatbed because of the autofocus feature, this
    is not recommended. Having fluid all over the glass bed
    invites problems with the seals, and since there is no
    refraction from the scanning  glass in the ScanScience
    system, it is better to use the ScanScience adapters which
    alloy you to prepare the fluid mount away from the scanner
    and place the wet mount assembly on the scanner when it
    is externally dry.
  • The Epson can focus in the range of 5 mm, 2.5 mm above
    and below the bed. The ScanScience adapters for
    autofocus scanners place the focus 0.5 mm above the
    glass bed.
  • The ScanScience adapter covers the entire area of the
    scanner to maximize dynamic range, and is cut to the size
    of the film and the scanning plate.
  • The film  is positioned on the glass according to the
    position of the sensors:
  • If the sensors are on the lid the film is placed on the
    scanning glass.
  • If  and it the sensors are on under the glass bed, the
    film is positioned under the glass.
  • With the Microtek M1 the sensors are under the
    glass, and the film is positioned under the scanning
    glass also.

    The Scanscience kits available for these scanners can be
    seen in the catalog and price list under the by clicking Tab4
    -Other Flatbeds
    You need to specify if you want to fluid scan with the film mounted on the glass drawer or on the scanner
Standard                                 Pro small                             Standard 8x10 & 11x14                        Pro 8x10
Standard squeegees are supplied with kits. To upgrade to  Pro squeegees with rubber blades, see Price list
FLAT BED SCANNERS  - ScanScience Kits for my Microtek and Autofocus Scanner
ScanScience Scanning glass is
finely crafted to small tolerances
and bevelled with smooth corners
only 1mm thick, a back up plate
added to your order will ensure
peace of mind. It is a must with
plate sizes beyond the single
slide format.
INCLUDED AND OPTIONAL COMPONENTS for the ScanScience Kits for  Dual Film-Flatbed and Autofocus Scanners
Fluid Scanning Technology
Bringing Your Images to Life
Preferred by Photo Artists and Archivists Everywhere