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What's the best way to scan in a photo ?


Big Bri 19 16.6k United Kingdom
8 Aug 2001 1:28AM
Flatbed scan of a print or scan the neg/slide with a film scanner ?
I use a Sony UY-S90 film scanner which produces 18Mb files which are quite often grainy due to the film and the state of the neg.
I can get similar quality from a scan of the print on a 100 flatbed scanner.
So which is best ?

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Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
8 Aug 2001 1:28AM
Brian, scanning with a film scanner is usually the best approach, especially when using slide film, but, as you've found, scanners can pick up the grain when using neg film. The latest models from Minolta and Nikon now come with ICE 3(cubed) that has a grain removing feature when you scan. If you're not in a position to buy one of these I would stick to scanning prints on your flatbed and slides on the Sony film scanner.
icphoto 19 2.7k England
8 Aug 2001 1:28AM
I use an Epson Perfection 1640 SU with the light hood. The results from both 35mm/120 negs/slides are brilliant when printed out via an Epson Photo 870.
venton 16 44
4 Oct 2004 2:45PM
I'm using the Epson 4870 Photo flatbed - works like a charm, has the advantage of handling different film formats as well Smile

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