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How many press photographers do you know who are still using film? How many fine art 'big print' operators are there as compared to bog standard commercial operatives? How many magazines do you know who produce images greater than A3 The vast majority of photographic output ends up printed on paper in some kind of magazine or catalogue with an average image area no greater than 16" sq inches. Ask any drum scanner MD why he bought the product he owns and quality will come after productivity. Look, I used be a drum scanner operator producing colour separations for printers. I loved the things BUT nothing is forever and the market for drum products will only really expand if they could be manufactured and sold at a cost nearer to current flat bed prices, and that just cannot happen. Their economics of production are such that they favour the large output professional repro house BUT just as the Mac ended up as the standard terminal of choice for type, page layout, design and image manipulation so too will the digial imaging device end up dominating the real front end market place i.e. the photographers little paradise. The market for drum scanners will shrink down to specialist requirements where pure image quality matters more than any other consideration including selling price. If I were your investment adviser I would not be suggesting you buy any shares in drum scanner manufacturers, that is if any of them are public companies any more. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.