Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/22

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Subject: [Leica] New Epson GT-X800 flatbed (aka 4880?)
From: mail at (Karen Nakamura)
Date: Fri Oct 22 17:43:41 2004
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People might be interested to know  that Epson has released a new 
version of its flagship flatbed scanner (GTX-700 aka 4870) in Japan. 
It's called the GX-X800. I haven't seen it in person yet, they have 
an ad for it in the newest Asahi Camera and it's also on their 


  * 4800 dpi (same as 4870)
  *  Digital ICE (same as 4870)
  * Alpha-hyper CCD II (broader wavelength response); larger microlens over 
  * newly redesigned 6 elements in 4 groups lens unit
  * Maximum OD of 4.0 (wow!)
  * Newly redesigned film carriers:  24 unmounted 35mm negs; 8 slides; 
2 sheets of 4x5; or 3 strips of 120 film at a time.
  * USB 2.0 + IEEE 1394 (same as 4870)

All in all, the feature list isn't compelling enough for a 4870 user 
to upgrade.  My guess is the new Canon scanner scared them into 
releasing this early.  Also, it was embarrassing that their 
"consumer" F-3200 negative scanner was beating their prosumer  4870. 
So maybe the 4880 is a bit sharper and has better shadow depth.

My problem with all of the flatbeds is that they are much too large 
for a small Japanese apartment. That's why I'm leaning to get the 
F-3200 after I move to Kyoto.


Karen Nakamura

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