Hasselblad Flextight X1 Scanner

Hasselblad Flextight X1 Scanner

Hasselblad Flextight X1 Scanner

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Product Highlights

  • Virtual Drum, Vertical Loading
  • Glare-Free Path to Film
  • Scan 35mm up to 4x5" Film
  • 4.6 D-max
  • Resolution (35mm Film): 6300 dpi
  • Resolution (Medium Format): 3200 dpi
  • Fast 60MB per Minute Speed
  • Batch Scanning Capacity
  • Auto Cropping/Formatting/Naming
  • Rodenstock Optical Lens
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Hasselblad Flextight X1 overview

  • 1Description

The Hasselblad Flextight X1 Drum Scanner is designed to serve most photographers and offers unsurpassed quality, fast scanning, and multiple format capacity. It is easy to use, and is built with a vertical optical system to allow the CCD to face downwards, creating a glass-free optical path between the original and the lens. The patented virtual drum solution produces optimal focusing across the whole of the original, and the flexible holder guarantees easy mounting combined with safe and cautious handling of your originals.

Having a device that has the quality to reproduce all the subtle details embedded in your negatives and transparencies that gives you full control over the crucial interpretation of your work is what makes owning a Hasselblad scanner attractive. Your valuable originals are never out of your custody and you are the one who decides when to do what and how. Furthermore, the 3F workflow can produce a throughput that has to be seen to be believed; automatic format detection, cropping, and individual file naming is right at your fingertips with just the push of a button.

The X1's 6300 dpi maximum resolution is more than you'll need in most cases, and although many scanners have a higher optical resolution, they'll not have better clarity and detail when scanning photographic film. The combination of the electronic image handling of the sensor, the device's mechanical precision, the quality of the sensor filters, and the resolving power of the Rodenstock lens are what set it apart.

The X1 can blaze along at up to 60MB per minute, which is unusually efficient. The FlexHolder holding system allows production speed without excessive heat. You can also perform batch scans with the X1.

Up to 6300 dpi Resolution
A resolution of 6300 dpi is more than you need in most cases, and although you can find scanners with a higher optical resolution, you will not find better clarity and detail rendition when scanning photographic film in any other scanner. This optimum image quality is due to the electronic image handling of the sensor, the mechanical precision of the device, the quality of the sensor filters, and the resolving power of the Rodenstock lens.
Virtual Drum and Vertical Optical System
A vertical optical system allows the CCD to face downwards, creating a glass-free optical path between the original and the lens. The patented virtual drum solution produces optimal focusing across the entire original, and the flexible holder guarantees easy mounting and safe and secure handling of your originals.
Up To 60MB per Minute Scan Speed
The Flextight X1 is an unusually efficient scanner that will carry out most tasks quickly and easily. The easy-to-mount FlexHolder system produces a very high throughput without generating excessive heat, as the electronics run at a low frequency.
Batch Scanning Capabilities
With the FlexHolder system you either mount several originals in one holder or a film strip of 4 or 6 images. In that way you can utilize the advanced batch scanning capabilities scanning up to 6 images in one pass. Alternatively, you can utilize the unique 3F scanning feature.
The 3F File and Workflow and 3F Auto Scan Button
If you mount a film strip and press the 3F auto scan button the scanner will automatically detect and crop each image and save it with different names. The images are scanned in a specified resolution at 16 bit per color. In this way the full range of the original is extracted from the scan. The 3F file is never altered but will act as a "preview scan" when you open it later, and you can re-do all operations and change whatever parameters you wish. This is exactly like re-scanning but without the need for the film original to be present.
In the Box
Hasselblad Flextight X1 Scanner
  • Power Supply
  • FireWire Cable
  • Set of Film Holders (35mm, 6x6/6x4.5cm, 4x5")
  • Software CD-ROM (FlexColor software)
  • Users Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Hasselblad Flextight X1 specs

    Film Types 35 mm, Medium Format, 4x5"
    Maximum scan area up to 100x245 mm
    Scan Quality
    Scan Sensor Linear CCD (3x8000 pixels)
    Optical Resolution 6300 dpi (35 mm film)
    3200 dpi (Medium Format Film)
    2040 dpi (4.0x5.0" Film)
    Hardware Resolution Up to 6300 dpi
    Interpolated Resolution None
    Color Depth 48-Bit RGB
    Dynamic Range 4.6
    Focus System Auto Focus
    Preview Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Scan Speed 60 MB/min.
    35 mm: 7.15 minutes
    60 mm: 6.02 minutes
    4 x 5": 5.08 minutes
    Batch Scanning Yes (up to six images depending on film format and holder used)
    Automation Auto frame detection
    Computer Interface FireWire
    System & Software Requirements
    • Windows 2000 and XP; Mac OS X+
    • Screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels with true colors (24-bits)
    • Mouse or other pointing device
    • FireWire interface
    Light Source Cold Cathode Lamp
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.4 x 25.6 x 9.1" (390 x 650 x 230 mm)
    Weight 55 lbs (20.5 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 57.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.3 x 21.3 x 5.5"

    Hasselblad Flextight X1 reviews

    Flextight X1 Scanner is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flextight X1 Scanner I wanted the best Scanner available for scanning my vast collection of 35mm Slides & Negatives. This Scanner is the one. Scans from this machine are the best I have ever seen from a Scanner. I have used previous dedicated 35 mm Scanners from Epson, Minolta and Nikon. Hasselblad could do a better job with customer support and with supplying detailed instructions on use of this Scanner. Their website is also lacking in good instructions.
    Date published: 2013-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best scanner short of a drum scan This review, and this scanner, are not something for most people to even look at. I have had an Imacon Flextight 848 for the last four years, and the X1 is replacing it as it needs some repairs. The X1 is roughly equivalent to the old 848, but lacks the ability to take the multi-holder for batch scanning of several negative holders. I never used that device and won't miss that capability. Data transfer is at roughly the same rate as the 848 (the X5 is a good deal faster, takes the batch scanning device, but is perhaps a bit softer in terms of resolution). This means that a 6x6 negative at 1200 ppi takes around a minute, and a maximum resolution scan takes about two and a half minutes. When my 848 went off for repair, I had to fall back on a Nikon Coolscan 9000ED and a Konica Minolta 5400. Six weeks of using them again made me buy the X1. They aren't much slower, but neither has native software that works with any Mac OS beyond 10.6, so I have to use Vuescan. Vuescan is an amazing product, but it doesn't quite get me the results I want. The X1 and its software, FlexColor, does.Pros:Gives you the best scans you will ever get unless you go to a bureau for a drum scan (and even that is hard to tell apart).Fast to use and very straightforward.Cons:Expense.The need to send it to your nearest Hasselblad dealer for maintenance or repair (shipping a 70lb box containing a device no one else can understand through customs isn't always easy).I have no regrets at all about this purchase!
    Date published: 2014-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Superlative Scanner Yes, it's so expensive that it literally takes your breath away. No, you never expected to pay this much - not even close - for a... film scanner. You're not a service bureau, after all, charging upwards of a hundred bucks for a single scan. And you're not one of those famous photographers who is the toast of the town and for whom good photographic gear is just assumed - and for which the cost of such gear is hardly a consideration. What could Hasselblad, nee Imacon, possibly be thinking? Turns out, maybe they're thinking about you. If you are deeply committed to film, either because you continue to shoot it or because you have a large archive, then you need this scanner. The exception would be if you're one of the couple-dozen master wet printers left in the world. Nearly everyone else is better served by inkjet printing on archival materials using the excellent, high fidelity tools available today. But to realize that excellence requires starting with an outstanding file. Sorry, you're not going to get that amazing file with that Epson flatbed. The Epson will do fine for getting you a digital image you can share on Facebook. Or for emailing to your parents. But for printing, or any other kind of serious destination - especially if you're thinking this needs to be big - the Epson ain't going to get you there. There's no longer much in the way of prosumer scanner middle ground. Between the fairly affordable (and, decent, for what they are) flatbeds on the one end and the high end populated by this Flextight X1, its bigger brother the X5, and a few true drum scanners... is pretty much a desert. If you're serious about film, you need to find a way to get this scanner. I ended up selling a couple decades worth of gear, including most of my Nikon glass, to fund mine. After several months of heavy use, I think the Flextight X1 is perhaps the best photographic purchase I have ever made. Let's be honest... scanning mostly sucks. It's slow, tedious, and prone to less than great results unless careful attention to detail is maintained. Dust spotting afterwards is about as much fun as going to the dentist. All so we can end up with an image file that any number of modern digital cameras give you pretty much instantly. Only... those modern digital files aren't film. That stuff which still holds a unique, special place for a lot of us. With the infinite rolloff in the highlights. I love my digital cameras. But when I pull out my Hasselblad 500C/M and load it with PanF+ or Tmax or Tri-X and shoot a dozen very slow frames, in perfect light, and then carefully and lovingly run it through a solution of Rodinal or HC-110... it's very different. That process and that time and that film needs - deserves - a fitting denouement. That's when you need the Flextight. The good news is that scanning with the X1, using the included FlexColor software, is easier than any other scanning I've ever done. Easier than flatbeds. Easier than the Nikon Coolscan 5000. Easier than the Coolscan 9000. Film handling is very straightforward. Color is accurate. Resolution and detail are extremely high. If you love film, get this scanner. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
    Date published: 2015-06-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Superb hardware. Not so for the software. Confession: I had no previous experience with a Flextight scanner but had done thousands of scans on lesser machines in the mid-late 1990s. I am an earnest but amateur photographer and have used Photoshop since version 4. I bought the X1 because of the "virtual drum" and the superb lens which I believed would keep sharpness excellent across the scan. I used a Windows 7 Pro operating system and Photoshop CS6. I used the X1 to scan around 1,500 20-year-old 35mm negatives. Almost all the scans were strips of six so I mostly used a 6-frame strip holder. My project was somewhat unusual in that the majority of the scans were used to create panoramas ranging from as few as 2 to as many as 20 frames, with the average being 6 to 9 frames. Most were downward-looking sweeps. Some were steeply downward-looking. For most of the panoramas I used Photoshop’s photomerge cylindrical utility in order to get an image that did not create easily visible errors at ordinary resolution, e.g., bridges disappearing in mid-span, rivers or highways suddenly shifting their bed, parts of buildings being doubled, or abrupt disruptions in skylines. The cylindrical merging and blending can cause a range of compromises visible at higher resolutions but at low and moderate resolutions the images usually are eye-friendly even if they are not technically perfect. The X1itself is as quirky as it is unique but it lived up to its reputation for producing sharp, even scans and excellent darks and lights. Hasselblad describes the 3F files that the scanner can produce as similar to a RAW file. They may function onscreen similarly to a RAW file but it isn’t like a RAW file. RAW files store light information arriving directly from the subject. A 3F file stores light information arriving from a negative, which is no longer identical to the light coming directly from the subject. Nonetheless, a 3F file provides a far superior range of options for subsequent work than does a TIF. The hardware earns 4 or 5 stars. The Flexcolor software that operates the scanner and allows work with 3F files was a major disappointment. I believe that having a PC and using the PC version of the software may have been part of the problem. Hasselbron support staff is most able and helpful, and I am grateful to them, but they apparently use Macs and apparently don’t have experience with the PC version. Many of the problems I was having weren’t happening on the support staff’s Mac gear. The takeaway seemed to be that Hasselblad might not be paying equal attention to the two versions. From my user’s-eye point of view, the PC version of the software seemed years out of date. I had crash problems as well as settings being dropped unpredictably and learned to keep backups of my Flexcolor user settings. It’s possible that my work methods could have caused some of the problems but a well-designed piece of software shouldn’t have responded as it did. I was never able to get the PC version of the Photoshop plug-in for 3F files (Imacon 3f.8bi) to work despite trying all sorts of tips posted on the web. Based on the web, I’m not the only one. If I could have got the 3F plug-in to work I think my experience would have been much better. The software gets 1 or 2 stars.
    Date published: 2018-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding professional quality scanner! This scanner yields fantastic scans right out of the box. I have only scanned 35mm KODACHROME and EKTACHROME slides so far but will move into 35mm and 120/220 color and b/w negatives soon. In just a few easy steps you can get professional drum scanner results. Make sure you clean your slides and negatives quite well and maintain a minimum dust environment because there doesn't seem to be digital ROCK and ICE processing in the manufacturer's scanner software. 3rd party processing will take care of these problems but will dramatically add to your processing time. I am also able to make 3f Hasselblad raw scans too but I haven't found a plugin for PS that actually processes these scans in raw. However, Hasselblad provides a plugin on their web page to allow normal PS processing. I interface the scanner through a newer iMac (2014) using a thunderbolt 2 to FW 800 adapter,(3rd party purchase). My scanner came with both a 5' and 15' FW 400/800 cable. The scanner end of the cable is the original FW 400 and the other end is FW 800 compatible. Yes, the scanner software works with MacOS 10.12. Pros: High Dmax, high resolution, FAST, superior color correction built in, works out of box & scans large variety of slide & negative sizes. Cons: Heavy (approximately 55 pounds), software could have included dust and scratch removal.
    Date published: 2016-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tops for slide and negative scanning The Hasselblad Flextight is a first-class, professional scanner for digitizing film slides and negatives.
    Date published: 2018-10-04
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