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Museum quality scanner for prints and paintings

By nilanjanasom ·
I was exploring the possibility of scanning paintings and prints (for a private art collector)as part of digital documentation, of course without damaging the sensitive works. Is there a scanner available that will give good result yet not risk the work.

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The problem here is that any scanner uses Light to scan the paintings

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Museum quality scanner fo ...

This in itself can damage Fine Art and is why a lot of paintings are not on Permanent Display as the Pigments fade.

But in answer to your main question how big is the biggest Art Work? That is something that needs looking at but I have seen people use a H4D Blad 50 - 60 Mega Pixel Camera with a suitable Lens to take photos of the Art Works and then use that image in a digital form.

It's not the cheapest option available but it's probably one of the best when you use Studio Lighting and a really good Camera on a Fixed Stand.

See some of the images here of what they call their Masters Archive.

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Agree with Oh Smeg

by TheChas In reply to Museum quality scanner fo ...

I fully agree with Oh Smeg on this.

While scanners have become a very common way to copy printed works, you will get the best results with a copy stand and a good camera.

Using a copy stand provides multiple advantages.
You have full control of the light source.
There is no size limitation. If you choose a copy stand for the largest piece you need to copy, you should be able to use it for the smallest piece.

You do want to use a fixed lens and not a zoom. For 35 MM, you want to use a 50 to 85 MM lens to not distort any perspective.

Copy lenses are designed to have minimum distortion and vignetting. So, while they cost more, they may be worth the expense.


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You would need something non-commercial

by seanferd In reply to Museum quality scanner fo ...

and very special, specifically designed for this. It wouldn't be like any flatbed scanner.

Check with well-funded large museums for possible solutions. The answer may simply be very good photography.

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