Hasselblad Flextight X5 Scanner

Hasselblad Flextight X5 Scanner

Hasselblad Flextight X5 Scanner

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Product Highlights

  • Virtual Drum, Vertical Loading
  • Scan 35mm to 4 x 5" Film & Prints
  • Optical Resolution: 8000 dpi
  • 4.9 Dmax
  • Color Depth: 16-bit
  • Scan Speed: 300 MB per Minute
  • Reflective Scanning up to A4
  • Batch & Slide Feeding Capability
  • Active Cooling & FlexTouch Dust Removal
  • Firewire Interface
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Hasselblad Flextight X5 overview

  • 1Description

The Hasselblad Flextight X5 Scanner is designed as the pinnacle of professional scanners, offering unsurpassed quality and scanning speed with multiple format capacity. It is easy to use, and is built with a vertical optical system to allow the Kodak 8000 dpi 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 X5's 8000 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 X5 offers amazing speed of up to 300 MB per minute. The FlexHolder holding system allows production speed without excessive heat. You can also perform batch scans with the X5, and it is equipped with FlexTouch dust removal capacity to speed up the cleaning of your files.

Up to 8000 dpi Resolution
With its high-end optics and 3 line x 8000 pixel Kodak Image Sensor, the Flextight X5 produces images of superb quality and detail. Even though you can find scanners with larger sensors, you will not find better clarity and detail rendition when scanning photographic film. This is due to the electronic image handling of the sensor, the mechanical precision of the device, the quality of the 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, secure handling of your originals.
Up to 300 MB per Minute Scan Speed Made Possible with Active Cooling
Running the electronics at this speed demands a great deal from the internal design of the scanner, and is also a challenge in terms of heat generation. Therefore, the Flextight X5 scanners are equipped with a Peltier cooling device on the CCD itself. In this way heat is controlled, which avoids compromising the quality of the scans.
Dust Removal Features
The scanner is equipped with a light condenser which eliminates the effect of small dust particles, which are normally invisible unless you zoom 100% into your image. They can be the most annoying and time-consuming part of scanning, but with this unit they are removed without losing speed or quality. Additionally, you can add the FlexTouch dust removal feature, which will remove dust and small scratches from your scans without having any impact on the sharpness at all.
Batch and Slide Feeder Capabilities
By attaching the optional Batch Feeder, it is now possible to set up an automatic scanning workflow. The Batch Feeder allows up to 60 originals to be scanned, unattended. The Batch Feeder can handle most kinds of transparencies, and they are automatically recognized and scanned according to pre-defined specifications. The Slide Feeder for 35mm mounted slides holds up to 50 slides, which can be scanned in one batch. The files produced can either be final TIFF files cropped and corrected, or saved as raw 3F files which can be opened and corrected just if they were initial scans.
The 3F File and Workflow
When selecting the 3F file format as the automatic scan mode, the images are scanned at a specified resolution of 16 bits 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, allowing you to re-do all operations and change whatever parameters you wish. This is exactly like re-scanning but without the need for the film original. Furthermore, every time you save a file from the 3F format the history of your decisions is embedded inside the 3F file, which will enable you to repeat whatever you have been doing whenever you choose.
In the Box
Hasselblad Flextight X5 Scanner
  • FireWire Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Set of 4 Film Holders (35mm, 6x6/6x4.5cm, Xpan, 4x5")
  • Software CD-ROM (FlexColor software)
  • User Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Hasselblad Flextight X5 specs

    Film Types 35mm, Medium Format, 4x5"
    Reflective (Print) Scanning up to A4 Size
    Maximum film scan area up to 100 x 245mm
    Scan Quality
    Scan Sensor Linear CCD (3 x 8000 pixels)
    Optical Resolution 8000 dpi (35mm film)
    3200 dpi (Medium Format Film)
    2040 dpi (4x5" Film & Reflective)
    Hardware Resolution Up to 6300 dpi
    Interpolated Resolution None
    Color Depth 48-Bit RGB
    Dynamic Range 4.9
    Focus System Auto Focus
    Preview Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Scan Speed 300MB/min.
    35mm: 1.55 minutes
    60mm: 1.10 minutes
    4" x 5": 1.23 minutes
    Batch Scanning Yes (up to six images depending on film format and holder used)
    Optional Batch Feeder (up to 60 frames) or Slide Feeder (up to 50 slides)
    Automation Auto frame detection
    FlexTouch dust removal
    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 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.4 x 25.6 x 9.1" (390 x 650 x 230mm)
    Weight 55 lbs (20.5kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 59.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.0 x 20.0 x 17.0"

    Hasselblad Flextight X5 reviews

    Flextight X5 Scanner is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive, but worth every pixel I'm still putting this scanner through it's paces, but what the 4 x 5 negatives I have done yielded great results. I was able to print a 24 x 32 image from the scan with sharp details in both the light and dark areas of the picture. I had a little bit of a problem setting up the scanner with Mac OS 10.5.2, but tech support was fast and efficient. With this scanner, film lives another day in this increasingly all digital world.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motherload of cash for astonishing scans In terms of scan quality I can compare this scanner with those from the Heidelberg Linotype-Hell times, such the father Chromagraph, only this one is much faster, much practical and user friendly. As a graphic designer, a gotta know a great deal about image production, processing and printing, so I used many many film scanners and drum scanners till today. Everything about this scanner is amazing. Except one thing (beyond its spicy price): I don't understand why my good-old ArtixScan 120tf can scan medium film at 4000ppi 1:1 in 48bit, and the mighty Flextight X5 can't do more than 3200ppi 1:1 !!! Don't forget that the Microtek has only 4.2 hardware D-max. Still, with the latest ver. of SilverFast Ai Studio and other software I can compensate enough to achieve ALMOST (but not quite) the same results on medium film, but with a LOT much more time spent! So, if you want a formula one car, then go for it. But you better be Michael Schumacher to worth the investment :) Cheers!
    Date published: 2009-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best quality scanning in the world Last representative system is Flextight scanner Hasselblad Flextight X5 as a successor to a very successful model Flextight 848 and Flextight 949th Flextight 848, for example, selected for their projects, the most global paper photographic agency Magnum Photos. Flextight X5 is its parameters 8.000dpi, 4.9D with active cooling, 300MB/minutu, fully 16-bit processing and superior system for batch processing clearly present the best product on the market. Hasselblad Flextight X5 scanner fully supports the RAW format 3f.
    Date published: 2009-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the Best These are as good as it gets. The scan quality is unmatched.
    Date published: 2009-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Scanner Easy to use. Easy to set up. Great scans.
    Date published: 2012-10-25
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