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Best Film and Slide Scanner

dannyb 14 40
17 May 2007 5:42PM
My wife is a photographer and frequently needs to send off slides to have them scanned at high resolution to disc, which is pretty expensive. I am quite happy to buy her a scanner for this purpose but am not really sure what is the best way to go with this. We currently have an Epson Perfection 1240U flatbed with a slide and film adaptor. This works well for photos for the internet but I don't seem to be able to work out how to get high resolution images from it good enough for big enlargements. Any advice would be appreciated.

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strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 5:44PM
Buy her a dSLR its lower in cost and it is very easy to get slides made from the digital files.

A drum scanner would be good. The answer to the other topic you started about this pointed out the technical limitations of your scanner. A custom slide/film scanner would be better but then it costs about as much as many dSLR's, hence my comment.
timiano 13 894 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 5:50PM
My second hand Nikon CoolScan V ED for 300 Grin
dannyb 14 40
17 May 2007 5:55PM
Thanks for that strawman but she won't use digital, feels she wants to be a photographer rather than a computer buff!! hence my quest to find the scanner that would be suitable for her.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 5:57PM
But if she is going to scan files she will hit the same technical limitation. The dSLRruns just like a film SLR if you want it to. and you can auto process the files (save as JPEG). i.e no need to get into white balance or the other stuff.

but the moment you scan to enlarge you are into image processing and the PC stuff. And if you scan you need to process the digital file....

So I think you either go for a specialist to do it for you or learn to get into the dark digital side.
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
17 May 2007 6:04PM
Sad There is no escape from sitting in front of a computer.

It is quite demoralising trying to match up a scanned file with the original transparency / Negative

I've been trying, without success, for 10 months.

Whichever scanner you end up getting can I suggest you have a look at the scanning software from a Company called VUESCAN, is it far superior to any bundled with scanners
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
17 May 2007 6:07PM

Quote:My wife is a photographer and frequently needs to send off slides to have them scanned at high resolution to disc, which is pretty expensive.

Two questions:

1. What formats are involved here?

2. How much have you a) spent so far and b) do you envisage spending in the future?
Hugeknot 13 1.2k 2 Iceland
17 May 2007 6:19PM
To back up the suggestions of Strawman... If you get a decent DSLR you can buy a lens attachment which can do a pretty good job of scanning slides. At least it is better than the Epson 3170 that I used to use for slides.
Then she will have the best of both worlds. Handy when she runs out of film!!
tavm 11 31 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 7:33PM
A budget option is the plustek 7200 (the little blue one). I got one last month from jessops online (with the online discount code) for 89. I have used canon film scanners and nikon coolscans in the past and was a bit worried this would not give good results. This little beast is great. It has no ICE or dust removal capabilities but I zap these off in photoshop. It's fast too.
The software isnt much but, if you have CS2 you just scan straight into it.
All the other comments are very valid as it does take a bit of post processing but, once you get a workflow it is great.
mlewis 13 1.5k United Kingdom
17 May 2007 7:49PM
If you use 35mm film a Nikon Coolscan 5000 is the best consumer on available. If you want to scan medium format a Nikon 9000 scanner is the one to get. An Epson 1240U is rubbish for decent film scans. I know as I have one and was much happier when I got a proper film scanner.

Whatever scanner you use there is a lot of tedium while the scanning process foes on and a lot of sitting in front of a computer afterwards processing them. No getting away from that. The processing will get faster as you get up that learning curve though.
17 May 2007 8:22PM
I agree with mlewis.
I have the slightly lower spec Nikon Coolscan V and even that eats 35mm scans from any flatbed I've seen.

And it is tedious, but the results can be fantastic. After scanning nearly 1500 images over the last 2 years I'll still be shooting the odd roll of 35mm and scanning.

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