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12-15-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Looking for scanner info.....

I'm looking to purchase a scanner, and I have no idea where to start. I tried looking at back issues of Consumer Reports, but that didn't seem to help. I'd be using it to turn all the photos (negatives - not slides) I've taken for the past 25 years into digital files.

I'm looking for just general information - like is it better to scan the negative or the photo (I'm assuming the negative)? If my assumption of it's better to scan the negative is correct, is a "dedicated" scanner ( one that does JUST negatives) better than a scanner that can do negatives, photos, documents, etc?

After that, I'd be looking for some more specific info - like are there brands that are better value than others, are there brands to avoid, etc.

Any pointing in the right direction would be appreciated.



12-16-2010, 06:54 AM   #2
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I will assume you are talking about 35mm film.

It is always better to scan the negative opposed to a print. The type of scanner you would use would depend on the quality of the file you want. If you plan on printing your images, you would need a dedicated film scanner. For web posting a flat bed scanner with a film adapter will suffice.
Scanners differ in resolution, trouble is there are almost no film scanners left on the market from the major manufacturers.

The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai Scanner is a dedicated 7200dpi film and mounted slide scanner with greater productivity and more efficiency than earlier Plustek OpticFilm models. Its light source comes from a white LED which makes images vivid and dimensional.

The OpticFilm 7600i Ai scans at 48-bit color for extremely accurate and vibrant color images that retain subtle details in the highlight and shadow areas of the scanned image. To minimize noise, the scanner's multi- sampling function makes 4 scan passes that are averaged together so image noise is cancelled out. It has a multi-exposure function that is utilized with negative film to provide improved shadow & highlight detail and provide images with richness and depth that makes your pictures look as if they are three dimensional.

To achieve high-quality images in under a minute, the 7600i Ai comes with the amazing SilverFast 6.6 Ai Studio iSRD + MultiExposure software bundle. It includes the iT8 Calibration target which allows users to obtain accurate colors and generates ICC-profile by just one click, and New Soft Presto! ImageFolio 4.5, a comprehensive multimedia image-processing program that allows you to create new images by using a set of image-editing tools and quickly create new images or enhance pre-existing ones

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The Epson Perfection V500 Photo Flatbed Scanner offers extraordinary quality and versatility with an impressive 6400 dpi resolution and an earth-friendly energy-efficient LED light source for greater productivity and lower power consumption with no warmup time. The scanner is also equipped with Digital ICE technology to Remove dust and scratches from slides, negatives and film, or restore faded color photos with one touch. Then, you'll be able to take your photos further with the included Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software. It's all at your fingertips with this powerful scanner.

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