Should I pick up this A3 Scanner???

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As I am plowing thru magazines, it really sucks when I come across a poster or a wide format magazine like early Official Playstation Magazine and Official Xbox Magazine. So I went to eBay to see if I could find a wide format ADF scanner on the cheap and I came across this Fujitsu Fi5650C that says it only has 31,000 pages scanned on the counter. They only want $134 plus $58 shipping, but I am hesitant to pull the trigger on it. It would make scanning some magazines much faster because when I come across a magazine with a trifold or bifold page, I could just send the entire page thru without further cutting it down and that would probably save E-Day on the stitching back together in the editing.!22309!US!-1:rk:2:pf:0


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This is the model I own and use for my scans. It is a mighty piece of kit and at that price is a steal if the glass hasn't been scratched by some turkey feeding stapled pages through the thing.

The only issue with this model is if glass gets under the optics. I have had that problem with mine and couldn't get it serviced in New Zealand so I learnt how to dismantle it to clean the optics myself. You need to be careful as it uses mercury lamps instead of CCD given it is a 2008 vintage scanner.

If mine died I'd likely eBay another one in preference to any other unit out there.

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