That two dollar bill is extremely blurry and out of focus.
I think if you are going to short cut anyone, it should be the artists, not the museum.
Thanks for the input, but you lost some credibility with me with the criticism of the scanning backs for shooting artwork, one of the few uses for which a scanning back is ideal. And you mentioned the use of strobes. Since the advent of digital I abandoned strobes to photograph artwork years ago, and only use continuous lighting.
Let's just say that if I could achieve the level of "extreme blur and out of focus" you apparently see in the image of the 2 dollar bill, I and my clients will be very happy achieving such results of a painting with a sub $1,000 piece of equipment attached to the camera and stitching software.
Ironically, I'm interested in the gigapan because the museum is looking to save money anywhere they can. If I can save them money, I figure I can keep them as a client. Quality is important, but that quality has to fit into the client's budget or the customer is gone. They are looking to save money over film and scanning costs. The gigapan may be an option. Or a scanning back. I'm still intrigued by what may or may not be achievable with a gigapan.
Thanks for the input, but stitching, workarounds, and creative problem solving are a reality for most of us. By seeking alternatives and creative solutions and workarounds, not only am I not trying to "short cut" my clients, I'm putting in some extra time to try to solve their problem and find a solution they (and I) can AFFORD. No matter how good your solution is, if it's not affordable to the customer, it's meaningless. That's why this thread is called "gigapan system and shooting flat art."
Rental on the Hasselblad runs $450 a day, and that's not so bad (not great either) but the deposit is almost $30,000. What I would have to charge to not just cover expenses, but to cover the risk one takes with such a rental, is simply cost prohibitive to my clients. One problem I am not prepared to find a creative solution for is how to explain to my wife a $30,000 check or charge to my credit!