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I am a relative newcomer to digital imaging after many years of film based photography and am now set up from the computer and printer side to venture into negative scanning. I will be printing up to A3+ and wish to know what would be the minimum dpi scanner to give good results off full frame 35mm. Any comments on available units would be appreciated.
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This is dependent on the output resolution that you need. If you want 300ppi for a Magazine quality repro scan you will need a scanner that has at least 4800dpi optical resolution. If you are outputting on inkjet you can use a 3840dpi resolution model.
You will need one of the 4000 dpi scanners the better ones being over 1,000, $ 1,500. The file size will be circa 50 to 60 Meg. So anything less than a 800 Mhz PC or 400 Mhz Mac with around 500 Meg of Ram is hard work
If you don't want to spend an absolute fortune, the new CanoScan FS4000US is great. I have used this and printed out to A3, it's brilliant.
You do need lots of memory though, and a fast processor if you don't want to wait for ages for the scans to complete.
The CanoScan costs a shade under 700 here in the UK, it's easy to use and gives great results.
I agree with Little Jo that the new Canon Scanner is a brilliant bit of kit, I also agree that you need a beast of a PC or Mac to handle the files; I scan in at 4000 dpi and get files up to 60mgs. It is great fun then to start using layers with those files in Photoshop or whatever, it really tests the RAM !!
i would also like to sing the praises of the canoscan4000. it is a god. I'm getting files over 100 meg which can take a while to fiddle about with on occasion, but the short wait is worth the quality, i am stunned by it.
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