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Choosing film scanner under 1000

Saran 14 63 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2003 3:19PM
I want to buy a film scanner for under 1000 on my shortlist are:
Microtek Artixscan 4000tf
Canon Canoscan FS4000US
Nikon Super Coolscan 4000ED

I am not a professional photographer but would like to produce some saleable prints (from my Epson 2100) I have hundreds of colour/b&w negs to scan and a few transparencies. I am on ahuge learning curve and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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User_Removed 16 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2003 3:44PM
Hi Sara

I have used the Nikon SuperCoolscan 4000ED to scan all of my slide collection before I went to digital capture. I can recommend it as being of superb qaulity and producing scans with a huge amount of depth and detail.

I have no experience with the other 2 and no doubt they are capable machines however the Nikon scanner is consistently the highest acheiver when it comes to independet comparative reviews

Good Luck

cool cat 16 145
2 Apr 2003 11:51AM
The nikon is the best scanner there. It also comes with the best dust and scratch removal/ software on the market (ICE3). This alone has saved me 1000's of hours in PS.


ella 15 43
8 Apr 2003 10:21PM
I have a Nikon coolscan IV ED (the cheaper 2800 dpi one) and it is fantastic. Have printed bigger than A4 with saleable quality results. Colour matching is great, ICE facility marvellous, software is easy but literature lousy. It has managed to produce an image where it was not even visible to the eye on the slide! (exposure mess up).

So far I have seen no reason to go to a scanner capable of 4000 DPI, and at half the price of the 4000 I am very pleased.
Saran 14 63 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2003 8:02AM
Thank you so much everyone. I plumped for the Nikon and am delighted with the quality and ease of use. I would certainly recommend it to others. Thanks again for your responses.

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