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Kodak to announce US$1300 film scanner at Seybold  
Sunday, August 27, 2000 | by
Kodak this week will announce the RFS 3600, a 35mm film scanner that features 3600 dpi maximum resolution, a dynamic range of 3.6, batch scanning capability and a list price of US$1300.

Kodak RFS 3600

Major RFS 3600 features include:

  • Scans 35mm colour and black and white negatives as well as slides.

  • User-selectable 8-bits per colour or 12-bits per colour modes.

  • 3600 dpi optical resolution, for a maximum file size of 48MB in 8-bits per colour mode.

  • A dynamic range of 3.6.

  • Batch scanning of 3 to 36 frames without an additional adapter.

  • Both USB and SCSI II ports. Kodak claims a 48MB scanning time of 1 minute, 53 seconds with a 500mhz Pentium III PC (with the scanner connected via its SCSI II port, presumably).

  • User-selectable Scene Balance Algorithm that automatically balances scan brightness and colour. A similar feature in Kodak's digital camera acquire software (the Auto option under the Lighting popup menu) is surprisingly effective.

  • Software includes a Mac Photoshop acquire plug-in/Windows TWAIN driver that is a complete redesign of the software that shipped with previous Kodak RFS-series scanners. It can be configured to apply ICC input profiles, includes Look Up Tables (LUTs) for recent Kodak Professional, Supra, Portra and Ektachrome films and features a tabbed interface. Also packaged with the scanner is Adobe Photoshop 5 LE. Kodak is expected to release a Software Development Kit for the scanner before year's end that will permit third party developers to build support for the scanner into other applications.

  • Autofocus of both mounted slides and strips of film.

  • Dimensions of 11.5 in. (29.2 cm.) L, 7.75 in. (19.7 cm.) W, 4.25 in. (10.8 cm.) H; 3 lbs., 4 oz. (1.5 kg).

  • 1 year warranty.

In the box will be both USB and SCSI II cables, AC adapter and adapter plugs for worldwide use, a selection of ICC input, monitor and output profiles and 10 rolls of Kodak Professional Supra ISO 400 film (plus, for US region customers, a coupon for an additional 10 rolls). The RFS 3600 will be on display starting Tuesday at Seybold San Francisco, and is expected to ship after the middle of September. Information will be posted on Kodak's web site this week as well at, though the page isn't yet live as I write this.

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