Best Way to Send the Most Accurate Copies of Fine Prints to Publishers?

I am 72 years old and finally completed a photography project; editing my entire black and white life to one hundred potential images from 6 x 9 and 35mm negatives.

From those I selected and printed 81; kept 79, printing three of each.

There is a specialty store in Trondheim, Norway that I found quite by chance and what they undertook was extraordinary.

They took almost every black and white film and then processed them with almost every black and white developer.

Ironically, from all of the results, I preferred the combination I always used; Tri-X and D-76 1:1 despite the hype around newer developers.

These results were simply not available 40 years ago; artist photographers had to ask friends what they were using and look at the results.

Of course it was difficult to decide since there were so many variables.

Here, it was same image; same camera; the test was run with 135 film, scanned with a Hasselblad scanner with 3F scan in 6300 ppi.

Differences were easily discernable.

I was so impressed with the results I called around Madison to find a store that is using this scanner and came up empty.

From Hasselblad’s description this scanner seems quite different from anything else out there; here are the details:

I made calls to local stores and the ppi of their scanners is a fraction of 6300.

My intention is to put the 79 images on a memory stick and send to publishers for possible interest in a book.

There is one publisher in Hamburg that I would love to work with; needless to say I do not want to ship original prints overseas for review.

That is why I am seeking the Hasselblad 3F system, as it will bring me as close as possible to the original print.

Does anyone use this system?


I spoke with Hasselblad yesterday and they informed me that 3F scanning system was discontinued 3 years ago.

They had another scanner called the Flex-tight X-5 and they stopped selling it too. Why?

“We ran out of parts; to create new parts too costly.”

The retail price for the first scanner was $22,000

You would think even if they manufactured new parts they would recover the costs.

Other than sending hard copy original prints to publishers, is there any other way, other than taking pictures of the prints with a cell phone or scanning the prints?

This scanner costs $4,000


We have tested the Epson V750 scanner against the Hasselblad 646 and Nikon 8000ED on scanning black and white film. The image shows reasonably well the differences in what comes out of the scanner.

Hasselblad 646 is the sharpest, while Nikon 8000 ED appears sharper due to high contrast, but is a notch behind Hasselblad on detail reproduction. In addition, the shadow details grow completely on the Nikon scan. The Epson V750 is definitely usable.

Any practical ideas are appreciated; a local store wanted $50 per scan of each image! Times 80 = $4,000

In your experience, outside of in-person visits, how do photographers present copies of their non-digital prints to publishers for consideration?

Thank you in advance for your time and attention in this matter.