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01-31-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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What about cheap Scaner

I just check amazon and find some cheap and small scaner. But is it ok?

Veho VFS-004 5MP 35mm Negative & Slide Scanner: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Digital Film Scanner FS-C1: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

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Product Description: Veho VFS-004 Deluxe - film scanner (35 mm)
Device Type: Film scanner (35 mm) - desktop
Max Supported Document Size: Film 135 (35mm)
Grayscale / Color Depth: 48-bit colour
Supported Document Type: Film
Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits)
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General Max Supported Media Size: Film 135 (35mm)
Type: Film scanner (35 mm) - desktop

Media Handling Supported Media Type: Film

Scanner Colour Depth: 48-bit colour

01-31-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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These types of "scanners" are nothing more than a 5 megapixel digicam with a backlight. You would probably get better results from something like the Opteka slide copier. But don't expect great results from either.

Amazon.com: Opteka HD² Slide Copier for Pentax K-5, K-R, K-X, K-7, K-2000, K-1000, K200D, K110D, K100D, K20D, K10D, & *ist Digital SLR Camera: Camera & Photo
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I tried out one of these scanners(similar),,,, borrowed from a friend, it was pure JUNK !!!! If you`re wanting a decent scan you`ll have to spend a bit more.
Check Cnet reviews for their reviews on scanners... they usually give some good reviews ,...good luck!
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thank every one

I have an other problem. It is processing. I could not find any place in Belfast - North Ireland to do it.

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I'm also in the same boat, debating buying a scanner and doing it myself.

Can anyone recommend some decent low/med cost scanners?
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QuoteOriginally posted by dj_saunter Quote
I'm also in the same boat, debating buying a scanner and doing it myself.

Can anyone recommend some decent low/med cost scanners?
It would help if you could name your price point. There are a number of film users on this forum using a wide range of scanners at both the high and low end. The chances are good that someone will have a good suggestion.


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The Epson V500 or the Canon 8800F are probably the cheapest flatbed scanners that will give good results. They're going for around $150USD.
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Whatever scanner you buy, make sure it has "Digital ICE." Otherwise the dusts and scratches will kill you....

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I'd look for something in the 150-250$ range (maybe bump that up to 300$ if it's a big increase in quality/performance)

I don't care about scanning photo's, i'm mostly interested in the negatives.

My goal for this year photographically is to develop my own negatives, something I've never done before.

I want to buy bulk rolls of B&W film (haven't decided on Fomapan, Ilford or Kodak yet, still trying to choose which I like most)
Then I want to develop my own negatives and scan them.

If I can do all of this by the end of this year, I will be a very happy photographer.

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For B&W, Digital ICE doesn't help as the residual silver in the film interfers with it. However if you want to scan colour as well it's worth having - so long as that's not your archive of Kodachrome slides as that often has the same problem as B&W. Other slides are fine.
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I can vouch for the Epson V500. I've been very happy with mine, and it does a good job with both 35mm and negatives from 120 film. True, there is some technique involved with loading negatives in the holder, and at some point I'll probably get the anti-newton-ring glass film holder to get best results.

Here is an example, shot on Kodak Tri-X (actually, Arista Premium 400, that is re-packaged Kodak Tri-X and is marked on the film edge as such). I bought a 50-foot roll of the film, and develop with Rodinal (actually, "Adonal" which is the same thing), and it is dirt cheap per picture this way. I bought my supplies from Freestyle Photo.


Pentax K1000, Vivitar-A 19mm f3.8
Kodak Tri-X @ ISO1600, Rodinal, 90-min semi-stand. Scanned with Epson V500.


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QuoteOriginally posted by adestefan Quote
The Epson V500 or the Canon 8800F are probably the cheapest flatbed scanners that will give good results. They're going for around $150USD.
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This set is scanned with a Canoscan 8400F which is 2 generations older than the 8800F.

Misc Scans - a set on Flickr
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The Canoscan 5600F is around $150 and does a good job with 35mm. It won't do 120 film but for $50 more the next one up, the 8800F (I think) does. Places like Newegg probably has them for less.
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I can recommend the Epson 4490. Only around $115 USD and very good quality. For 35mm up to medium format too.
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