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m_mceuen
 
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Review your film scanner? Thanks!

Post Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:27 am


If you'd care to share, what kind of scanner do you have? What are its' pros and cons? How is the quality of your prints? Do you have to do a lot of post software work to get your shots to turn out looking right? How is the software that came with it? What is the largest print you've printed from it? Does it scan slides as well as it scans negs? Thanks for any opinions you have about your scanner. This info might help those of us searching for the right one. Thank you.

jazzmech
 
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Post Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:05 pm


For a long <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=time&v=56">time</a> I was using an <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=Epson&v=56">Epson</a> 1610, a good <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=scanner&v=56">scanner</a> in my opinion. When the med format bug hit me, I purcahsed a 3170. <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=Hardware&v=56">Hardware</a> is okay but the <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=software&v=56">software</a> that came with it sucked and I never really got good scans from <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=Adobe&v=56">Adobe</a> <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=Photoshop&v=56">Photoshop</a> CS (No fault of Adobe) using the Twain driver. Tried Vuescan and this seems to solve my needs. I have not tried slide scanning with the 3170 but the 1610 was okay. Bear in mind these are low end <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=scanners&v=56">scanners</a> but fit my needs.

jazzmech
 
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Scanner

Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:40 pm


Scans are getting better and better. I am using ACDSEE 7.0 and getting some good scan with the 3170.

boonmark
 
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Re: Scanner

Post Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:48 am


I did not know that you can use ACDSEE for scanning.

Any sample picture? I have a Microtek i700, may be I try to download a ACDSEE trial version and try it out.

m_mutsaers
 
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Post Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:30 am


I use the Plustek OpticFilm 7200 filmscanner and have very good experiences with it. I use this scanner to scan slides (Kodak Elite or Fuji Sensia 100 asa film). I took these pictures with a Canon EOS-50 and also using Canon lenses (28-80, 70-300 and 100-400 IS USM).

The included software works easy and I scan the slide with a setting of 3600 dpi. The default result is mostly quite all right and the post processing consist mostly of some slight adjustments in the colour balance and a little bit of more sharpen in Photoshop. Finally I save the image with a setting of 72 dpi for web purposes and 300 dpi for printing.

my scanned images can be found here: http://www.pbase.com/m_mutsaers/aviation_pre_2006 and here http://www.pbase.com/m_mutsaers/nature
So you can decide for yourself if you like the result of this scanner. Every image you see there is actually a scanned slide because I do not have (yet) digital photo equipment.

Some more information about the scanner can be found at: http://www.datamind.co.uk/merchant/opticfilm7200_website.pdf

Another advantage of this scanner is the price: 200 euros.

Kind regards,

Marcel Mutsaers
Last edited by m_mutsaers on Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:29 pm, edited 2 times in total.

gsansoucie
 
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Post Fri Aug 19, 2005 8:54 pm


I use an Epson Stylus Photo RX500.

All this stuff in this gallery is film and was scanned with the Epson:
http://www.pbase.com/gsansoucie/old_stuff

I wayyy overdid it and scanned the photos in at 720 dpi.

I like the unit because it is a multifunction type device. I can scan in photos, use it as a copier, printer, it even has a memory card reader. You can print directly from the memory card, I tried it once.



-=Glen=-

nzmalamute
 
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Post Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:14 am


I have an I900,has a negative scanner as well that i capable of xray film,i am very pleased with the scanner

pistolpete13
 
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Nikon Coolscan V here...

Post Fri Dec 23, 2005 6:26 pm


I really started using this scanner the past few weeks now that I have a PC powerful enough to scan with ICE (auto dust removal) enabled.

So far no complaints. The speed is decent and there are a ton of adjustments in the software.

I normally try to keep it as simple as possible and tweak the colors afterwards in Photoshop.

Anyhow, there are some examples in my gallery. The majority of the shots are scanned. There are a few CoolPix 995 shots, but the EXIF will tell you that.

http://www.pbase.com/pistolpete13

-Pete

mesullivan
 
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Post Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:40 am


I just got my Canon 9950F last night and scanned a few things today. I am learning as I go as they seem to be getting better as I try new things. So far I have only posted three scans.

http://www.pbase.com/mesullivan/image/62306960

http://www.pbase.com/mesullivan/image/62291516

http://www.pbase.com/mesullivan/image/62291514

I'll have more up as time allows I am sure.

It prints, documents, 35mm, 120/220, 4X5 positive and neg films.

andrys
 
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Post Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:36 am


m_mutsaers wrote:I use the Plustek OpticFilm 7200 filmscanner and have very good experiences with it. I use this scanner to scan slides (Kodak Elite or Fuji Sensia 100 asa film). I took these pictures with a Canon EOS-50 and also using Canon lenses (28-80, 70-300 and 100-400 IS USM).


Marcel, I was looking at your pics done with a Canon D20 or something
and you do nice work. Good detail on the scans too. And I sure like
the capability of the Canons indoor with ISO 1600.

andrys
 
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Post Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:40 am


gsansoucie wrote:I use an Epson Stylus Photo RX500.

All this stuff in this gallery is film and was scanned with the Epson:
http://www.pbase.com/gsansoucie/old_stuff

I wayyy overdid it and scanned the photos in at 720 dpi.

I like the unit because it is a multifunction type device. I can scan in photos, use it as a copier, printer, it even has a memory card reader. You can print directly from the memory card, I tried it once.
-=Glen=-


Did you scan your photos from prints? Or from the negatives?

From prints, you can't get improvement beyond scanning at 220 dpi
or so. And sometimes it looks a bit worse beyond that. There have been
some demonstrations of that online, and I found it was true with my
HP Scanjet C (very expensive when I bought it). For film or slides much
higher of course!

I'm thinking of the Epson 4990, since my old scanner is slow and works
with an old 8-bit card. Do people know of scanners that handle
half-frames and/or APS negs? I mean, better than one at a time?

sladez
 
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:18 am


I use an Epson 4870 for all my work (4x5 inch BW negs). I have printed up to 20x24 with no problem at all. I have a "feeling" much beyond this would definitely begin to show the limitations of this scanner. There is a right way to scan and a "not-so-right-way". It took me some time to really get a good scan nailed down.

I would never try and take a scan to the point it didn't need any other post processing--that is going too far with the scanner. It's software isn't anything close to something like Photoshop. The goal of a good scan is to get ALL the information across without clipping anything and without getting crazy and making a completely flat scan that requires too much messing with. I would never use the scanners sharpening techniques as they are not as good as even some of the free ones you can find on the web. All of my original scans appear a "little" flat when I take them into Photoshop and fine tune them.

I personally couldn't recommend this scanner for 35mm film. I haven't done the same testing as my 4x5 but the little I have done I wasn't that impressed at all. It does a great job with MF and LF--the smaller stuff I would either get a digital camera or a dedicated film scanner.

Hope this helps.

chezzy
 
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Film scanner

Post Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:22 pm


Hi
I use a Nikon Coolscan V ED.
In my view this is an excellent 35mm film scanner 58mb per scan.
Has all the whistles and bells, dust hide color correction etc.
Had it 3 years and not a problem, and its worked hard.
Al Chesworth. :D

wolfeye
 
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Canon 9950F - what does teh 35mm negative holder look like?

Post Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:50 pm


Canon claims you can scan 30 35mm frames. Let me guess, the holder supports 5 strips of six images each?

mesullivan wrote:I just got my Canon 9950F last night and scanned a few things today.

It prints, documents, 35mm, 120/220, 4X5 positive and neg films.

mesullivan
 
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:01 pm


Yep, it holds 5 strips of 6 frames or 12 mounted slides in 35mm.

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