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The Gear We Use

Because NZMS specialises in archival digitisation our suite of scanners are absolutely top of the range, as these ensure the best image quality and tonal fidelity.  Cheaper scanners will interpolate (guess) information to reach higher resolutions and may not capture enough tonal range. This is the highlights and shadows which give you high contrast and good legibility.

Cruse CS185 Large Format Scanner

Cruse is considered  the 'Rolls Royce'  of scanners in the museum sector internationally. Our  CS185 with its huge 1 x 1.5 metre scan bed and non-invasive capture is unique in New Zealand .  More about this.

SMA Scanmaster 1

Our SMA Scanmaster 1 is a versatile scanner for large books, newspapers, photographs, maps, architectural drawings and other documents up to A1. More about this.

Cruse CS80

Our CS80 or “Baby” Cruse scanner is located at our Southern Regional Office and can accommodate material up to 610mm x 430mm with a fixed resolution of 300ppi. We use it  principally for scanning manuscripts and bound volumes either above or under glass. The image quality, as is usual for all Cruse scanners, is exceptional. More about this.

Pre-Press Scanners

We have four press production scanners which are used predominantly for photographic prints, negatives, transparencies but are also well suited for flat documents. Three of these scanners have a hollow lid which is ideal for glass plate negatives and lantern slides as no pressure is placed on the top of the fragile negative. More about this.

Fujitsu 5750 and 6770

Our Fujitsu scanners are performance desktop scanners that can digitise disbound or loose documents at an impressive speed.  More about this.

SLR-based custom built camera rigs

NZMS utilise custom-designed and built digitising tables incorporating Canon EOS 5D Mk II SLR cameras. These cameras can digitise at 21MP resolution at sizes up to A3. More about this.

The 'BIG Rig'

Our medium format camera rigs can digitise any object from postage stamp size through to A0. It’s our digitise anything, anywhere, approach to your work! More about this.

Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Printer

Our wide format printer provides excellent colour accuracy and is ideal for fine art reproductions, exhibition printing, and facsimiles of maps, plans, posters and photographs. More about this.