The Epson 836XL scanners will scan a 12.2" x 17" image, i own one! and i can scan an entire album cover with room to spare on all sides in 1 pass! I have scanned over 500 albums with it so far and the quality is simply amazing! best 250.00 I ever spent.
I specifically bought this model because of its features and price.

 Epson does make a 836 scanner and that is NOT the same, the model MUST have the XL on the end. The Expression 836XL and 1640XL scanners are pro quality scanners with a retail price around 2500.00 ea.

  I see these refurbished on ebay for 350-400 all the time. and in my opinion, the best way to scan album covers.


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From: Mike Richter <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 08/09/03 02:56 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Scanning LP covers

> At 08:57 AM 8/9/2003 +0200, Francesco Martinelli wrote:
>As far as I can see, these are A3 scanners, and will leave out a strip 1
>cm wide from any cover. You can adjust/compensate or just live with it,
>but I would not recommend them for archival work, as often some
>interesting info will fall exactly into that strip (series number, etc).
>35x35 cm scanners do exist for specialized markets but they are awfully
>big and expensive (I found them used to scan tile designs). At this point
>the digicam options (with the caveat about light and distortion) seems
>most viable for me.

It seems that we're coming back to the suggestion I offered. In that case,
let me offer some detail.

The copy stands I'm familiar with tend to overkill for your needs; a
home-made rig is in fact quite simple since you do not need variation in
the layout. Were I doing it, I'd plan on four small strobes for
of illumination and color temperature; the camera needs an external flash
sync or hot shoe. You do not need zoom on the camera and if your
requirement for resolution is reasonable, there are some excellent lenses
on inexpensive cameras with ~2 megapixels. Assuming a moderately priced
printer if you are going to paper or a usual computer monitor, that will
ample. (Figure on 150 dpi for color printing and do the arithmetic
yourself. Of course, the pixel count for the monitor is easily estimated
from the display dimensions.) If you go the low-cost route, you may want
put a supplemental lens on the camera (usually, it's in the mount on the
copy stand) so you can use the optimal focus of the lens.

I don't know what the market offers today; zoom lenses are the norm for
moderate-cost digicams and finding a non-zoom with moderate resolution, a
good lens and external sync may be impossible.

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