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Adjust the hardware Focus of your Scanner

Focus Control

For crisp and sharp Images

Some high-quality scanners, flatbed scanners as well as dedicated film scanners, facilitate to adjust the optic’s focus. This means the possibility to offset the focus up to several millimeters above or below the regular focus level. Some scanners feature an automatic focus control system, where others additionally allow the user to set the focus manually.

What do you do with a Focus Control?

You don’t need a focus control, if your originals really lie perfectly flat on your flatbed. However, using filmholders slightly lifts your originals, slide mounts are of different thicknesses and also filmstrips inserted to film scanners are not always perfectly flat, the focus can vary from frame to frame. Setting an appropriate focus leads to crisp and sharp images.

A flatbed scanner offering a manual focus control may also be used to digitize certain three-dimensional objects like coins. Using the SilverFast focus control, the focus can be set so precisely that flatbed scanners can also be used for scientific work, as the example of the bird feather project impressively shows.

Focus Control Video

Watch our Video to learn more about SilverFast's Focus Control

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Supported Scanners

The listed scanners are tested to support the focus control feature.

  • DS-G20000
  • ES-10000G
  • ES-11000G
  • ES-8500
  • Expression 10000XL
  • Expression 11000XL
  • Expression 12000XL
  • Expression 1640XL
  • ArtixScan F1
  • ArtixScan F2
  • ArtixScan M1
  • DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 (not Elite 5400 II)
  • LS 4000ED / Super Coolscan 4000 ED
  • LS 40ED / Coolscan IV ED
  • LS 5000ED / Super Coolscan 5000 ED
  • LS 50ED / Coolscan V ED
  • LS 8000ED / Super Coolscan 8000 ED
  • LS 9000ED / Super Coolscan 9000 ED
  • PrimeFilm 7250 Pro3
  • PrimeFilm XA
  • PrimeFilm XAs
  • RPS 10M
  • RPS 7200

Focus Control Manual

This manual explains how to use the SilverFast Focus Control functionality. Please note: The Focus Control functionality slightly differs from scanner to scanner. Not every feature described here is available for every device.

Supported Scanners

The Focus Control tool is only available for scanners, which feature a motorized focus adjustment facility. The listed scanners have been tested and support the SilverFast Focus Control. More scanners will be added to the list by and by.