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Carl W. Warren
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/31/2006

purchasing a quality scanner

I,m using film right now and want to purcase a scanner that is good enough for fine art printing any suggetions in this area would be helpful. such as websites,places in this forum to look that kinda of thing.
I,m concerned about cost but would rather shop carefully before making this purchase
thanks carl

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11/26/2006 10:14:48 AM

John P. Sandstedt
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  The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you'll be scanning a lot of or only selected images. The answer is important with respect to Question #2 - do you plan to scan only slides and negatives, or do you plan to scan some prints.

I have the Canon 8400F, about a year old and I love it. [My 8000F crashed during the warranty period and Canon replaced it with the newer version.] It's a flatbed, does slide and medium format slides. negatives and prints to 8X10. If you scan to achieve a 4X6 at 300 ppi, it's OK. If you scan to higher resolutions/sizes, it's a bit slow. For my purposes, though, it's great.

But, if your going to do mainly negatives or slides, you probably don't want a flatbed scanner. Nikon, Canon, HP, Microtech, etc. make scanners specific to negatives and slides and these are faster than flatbeds.

Go to Do a search and then, when you find a unit you might like, read the reviews that have been included. These, by actual users, provide the best information, I've found.

I'm not too sure about scanner reviews on the BP site - never looked at them. Once, again, if they appear, they're by users, not manufcturers. Also, check out whether Pete Burian or Pete Turner has reviewed anything. These two guys are very objective.

Good Luck

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12/22/2006 9:00:19 AM

doug Nelson   For the quality you seem to need, a film scanner might be your best bet. 35mm definitely needs a dedicated film scanner. The best bang for the buck would be the Nikon Coolscan V, about $600. Higher line Nikons are over $1000. Minolta and Canon have abandoned their excellent film scanners.

For medium and large format film, The Epson 4990, V700 and V750 will return scans nearly as good as a dedicated film scanner, for far less money than a Nikon 9000. Actually, my V700 does 35mm that fits my needs for most purposes, except for the occasional need for only the best in shadow detail in slides. The flatbed, in addition, will, of course, scan prints and serve as your home office scanner.

If you are a pro, or can write off or depreciate professional equipment, you might want to look at Imacon film scanners. They run from $3000 to $10,000 and up.

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12/22/2006 11:13:20 AM

Donald R. Curry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2006

I am using the Nikon Coolscan V. I am very pleased with the results it gives. I am currently using 35 mm slide film only, typically Velvia.

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12/22/2006 6:32:13 PM

Robert N. Valine
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/3/2003
  I was using an HP Photosmart for years. Which was ok for setting up a web site. I never tried using it for printing. I recently upgraded to the Nikon Coolscan V ED and highly recommend it.

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12/28/2006 5:10:48 PM

Ken Stern   The word "Quality" can do lots of damage to your bankaccount - However - Don't think you need to spend thousands on a scanner - My xmas gift to me was a CanoScan 9950f @ about $340.00. I also purchased a 500GB external drive. I now shoot & scan slides for the most part @ 4800dpi which produces large JPEG files from 12mb on up to 30+mb - The external drive comes in real handy - Use Costco to get prints example: 8x12 = $1.49. When it comes to extra large prints A1/A2 size I turn off the scanner & take may slides to a pro-shop. The quality of the home scanned Costco prints 8x12 & higher are outstanding. Hope this helps.

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3/27/2007 4:55:56 PM

Carl W. Warren
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/31/2006
  thanks ken, I did not know that costco did prints.
what was the cost of the external drive??
thanks again carl warren

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3/27/2007 5:16:06 PM

Ken Stern   Carl:
Well you got me there - My wife purchased the external - But - I think it must have been around $300.00 - Since xmas afternoon I have scanned around 200++ slides & Negatives & have only used up about 2% of the drives total storage - So you probably could get along with a lot less then a half of a terra byte of storage. I could always rent you space on the thing I have - By the way I don't know how important it is but the brand name on the external is: "My Book" - Made by Westernal Digital
Good Luck
PS: Remember - When you scan @ 4800 the process allows you lots & lots of time to drink lots & lots of coffee.

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3/27/2007 5:54:31 PM

Carl W. Warren
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/31/2006
  thanks again, ha ha ha I go through a pot a day love the stuff.

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3/27/2007 7:11:06 PM

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