Imacon Flextight X5 Scanner, 8000 dpi, 300 MB pm, Dust Removal, 3F Auto Scan Button, Batch ScanningFeeding

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About Imacon X5

Having a device that has the quality to reproduce all the subtle details embedded in your negatives and transparencies and which gives you full control over the crucial interpretation of your work is what makes 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. You are the one in control!

The Flextight X5 is the top model in the Flextight scanner series providing the best of all worlds. Ease of use, incomparable quality, unique, batch-scanning facilities all packed in a classical and characteristic design.

The very high quality Kodak CCD is an 8000+ pix sensor. Even though you can find scanners with larger sensors you will not find better clarity and detail rendition when scanning photographic film. That is due to the electronic handling of the sensor, the mechanical precision as well as the quality of filters and the resolving power of the Rodenstock lens.

Running the electronics at this speed demands a great deal from the internal design and is also a challenge in terms of heat generation. Therefore the Flextight X5 scanners are equipped with a Peltier cooling device on the itself. In this way heat is controlled which avoids compromising the quality of the scans.

The scanner is equipped with a light condenser eliminating 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 they are removed without losing speed or quality. Additionally, you can add the FlexTouch dust removal feature which will remove dust and small scratches without having any impact on the sharpness at all.

By attaching the Batch-or Slide 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 take most kinds of transparencies and they are automatically recognized and scanned according to pre-defined specifications. The Feeder 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.

When selecting the 3F file format as automatic scan mode the images are scanned in a specified resolution at 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 and you can re-do all operations and change whatever parameter you like.

This is exactly like re-scanning but without the film original present. 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 like.

Imacon X5 Features

  • Ease of Use, Incomparable Quality
  • Classical & Characteristic Design
  • Up to 8000 dpi
  • Up to 300 MB per minute
  • Dust Removal Features
  • Batch and Slide Feeder Capabilities
  • The 3F File and Workflow
  • Auto Scan One Click Button

Imacon X5 Specifications

Optical Sensor
CCD (3x8000)
Sensor Dimensions
36.7 x 49.0 mm
Max Optical Resolution: 35 mm
8000 dpi
Max Optical Resolution: 60 mm
3200 dpi
Max Optical Resolution: 4"x 5"
2040 dpi
Original Type
Color Depth
16 bit
Max Scan Speed 16(8) bit MB/min
300 (150)
Auto Frame Detection
Auto Focus
Batch Scanning
Batch-& Slide Feeder Compatibility
PC / Mac
Format: Film /Reflection
100x245 mm / A4
Active Cooling
3F Scan Initiated Directly on Scanner
Light Condensator

9.05" x 15.35" x 25.59"
230 mm x 390 mm x 650 mm
45.19 lbs. / 20.5 kg.

Imacon X5 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


exellent device


from Pacifica, CA  -  Frequent User

great machine ! for 35 mm, especially for slides & BW negatives. Not so grainy as Nikon 5000/9000 for example. for medium format - excellent and good for LF need a very fast disk system with X5!

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


The best quality scanning in the world


from europe  -  Graphics Professional

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/min, 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.


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Mark P  Please tell me if I this calculation is correct. If I scan at 16bits at, say 4288x2428 this is approximately 70MB per image. If the Max Scan Speed at 16bit is 300 / minute then the machine will scan 4.28 images per minute or 257 images per hour, minus the time for 5 reloads of the magazine. Does this sound accurate? Thanks!
STANLEY A  Can't verify your calculations. We are scanning 35MM slides from slide feeder at 16 bit size 369 MB, 100% resolution, output 1000 PPI. Actual time varies from 1.99 minutes to 2.01 minutes per slide. Actual size is 392 MB.Hope this helps.
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