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Virtual Drum Scan Info

 At WGS we use the finest virtual drum scanner available: Imacon FlexColor 848. Unlike conventional drum scanners, it does not utilize mounting fluid to adhere negatives or slides to the drum. Since no liquids are used there is no risk of damaging precious negatives. Imacon uses a "virtual drum" sharing the characteristics of an ordinary drum scanner but without the nasty glass rim.

This scanner allows for true 16 bit per channel scanning. The raw scan generates twice as much data as an ordinary scan, without "electronic" interpolation, for optimal results. Files are then transformed to 8 bit suitable for use in Photoshop and other applications.

Note to Photographers:
This scanner is particularly valuable to photographers who need to create an optimal quality scan for an archival fine art print (giclée). The original negative or transparency is never mounted on glass, avoiding color flaring and maintaining a straight glass-free optical path, something no ordinary scanner can approach. The original is never mounted in liquid, particularly valuable with color negatives, Polaroid and other delicate media. The scan has a very wide dynamic range, with a Dmax of 4.8! All personnel at WGS are photographers, not just technicians; we share an in-depth understanding of tonality, color fidelity and film characteristics.

A Dirty word…
Film, improperly stored or processed, may have extreme amounts of imperfections on, or beneath, the surface. Following Industry Standard Guidelines, we "spot" our scans to eliminate surface dust. Scratches and imbedded particles due to faulty
processing, drying or handling may exceed our responsibilities. Duplicate negs & slides are extremely likely to have a considerable amount of imperfections in and on the image. You may incur additional charges for cleaning duplicates and very dirty originals.

How big?
Most printers work well at 300 dpi (dots per inch, often referred to as "ppi"; pixels per inch). Our Epson 9800 printers, utilizing Ultrachrome pigmented inks, works best at 360 dpi. You should request your file to be made so that the final image size of your file will be output at, typically, 300-360 dpi.

Too confusing?
Just request your scans at the largest operative size within a given price range. Leave the "size" column blank, and fill in the "price" on our WGS order form.

In addition to scanning, we can print your file using archival processes, as well as image modification, retouching and special effects.

No charge for archiving your files.

Virtual Drum Scan Prices

10% off these prices when ordered at the same time as a Fine Art Exhibition print of same image.

Orders of 10-19 scans are discounted 10%; 20-29, 15%, and 30-39, 20%. Estimate after 40 scans.

True 16-bit scan and saveout priced according to size.

$48 Any dimensions or resolution up to 60mb
$60 Any dimensions or resolution up to 100mb
$66 Any dimensions or resolution up to 150mb
$62 Any dimensions or resolution up to 200mb
$85 Any dimensions or resolution up to 300mb
$98 Any dimensions or resolution up to 400mb
$122 Any dimensions or resolution up to 600mb

Slide scans: Film stays in the original mount, no retouching, minimal color correction and minimal spotting. 35mm slides only. Approximate 2500ppi (about 20mb / full frame). $30.

Film, improperly stored or processed, may have extreme amounts of imperfections on, or beneath, the surface. Following Industry Standard Guidelines, we "spot" our scans to eliminate surface dust. Scratches and imbedded particles due to faulty processing, drying or handling may exceed our responsibilities. Duplicate negs & slides are extremely likely to have a large amount of imperfections in and on the image. You may incur additional charges for cleaning duplicates and very dirty originals.

Our scanners use NO abrasive, dangerous materials; unlike conventional drum scanners which require the use of fluids.

No charge for archiving your files.

Largest scan sizes…

35mm
Slides
120 roll film
4" x 5"
8000dpi 5000dpi 3200dpi 2040dpi

Conversion to jpeg or CMYK: $4/file

Scans will be saved on hybrid CD, suitable for Mac & PC.

• Necessary to cut strips of 35mm to two (2) negs, if resolution is to exceed 6200dpi.

120 roll film must be cut down to one or two negs (varies).

35mm slides can be scanned without removal them from mounts; limited to 5000dpi.

Turnaround is generally 72 hours after receipt of materials.

 Please ship by FedEx or other carriers which provide a tracking number. Return shipping is generally via FedEx, at cost. FedEx does not deliver to PO Boxes.

WGS requires a 25% minimum deposit on all work. MC or Visa accepted.

Balance is due prior to release of the scans.

 

 

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