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07-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Negative / Document Scanner

I need a new wireless scanner for my home network. Since I need a new one, I'd like to get the best one for scanning film negatives as well as full page documents. I'd like a flatbed scanner with attachments to scan negatives I guess.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated -- thanks!

Oh, additionally it needs to be able to work with both Mac OS X Lion & Windows 7.

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I don't know of any wireless scanners for film. Best value is generally the epson 500, Epso 700 and 750 are stallar but at a much more serious price. after those 2 you jump in price big time to dedicated high end film scanners (most of which are discontinued)
Get the 500 (149 new or 99 refurb on the epson web store), the betterscanning.com neg carrier (it's far superior to the supplied one - ) and use Vuescan for the software. it's a tough combo to beat at lower price

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Scanning negatives is very, very difficult. There are some very cheap models that do a terrible job, but if you want halfway decent quality, you need a dedicated negative scanner or at least an Epson V500 flatbed. Wireless in all cases is unlikely unless through an adapter to the USB2 port.

Plustek mass good dedicated negative scanners.

If you are talking 35mm negatives then a flatbed is not ideal, but with practice can do well for web (not print) images:

The Visual Science Lab / Kirk Tuck: Window Light in the Early Evening. Some thoughts about scanners.
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I actually got some decent negative scans from 35mm on my old Canoscan scanner -- bought it back in 2006. I forget the model number. Certainly good enough for 4x6 prints.

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I too am looking into getting a film scanner. The V500 is the obvious choice, and on Amazon the reviews are great, but on a lot of forums there seem to be many people who don't think too highly of it. To be honest, I don't know what to believe.
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well v700 and 750 are better, but they should be given the price difference
a dedicated plustech may also be a better 35mm scanner
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
I too am looking into getting a film scanner. The V500 is the obvious choice, and on Amazon the reviews are great, but on a lot of forums there seem to be many people who don't think too highly of it. To be honest, I don't know what to believe.
I have one, but I would not use it for 35mm. I would get a dedicated 35mm scanner instead:

Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Scanner 60-A29-BBM310-C B&H Photo
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Wireless is not an option.

Beyond that, if you need both document and film capabilities, I can vouch for the Epson V700. Like the V750, its optical path is a step or two above the other flatbed scanners on the market, including V500. Unfortunately, it is pretty expensive...more so than several dedicated film models. For the price of a V700 you can get a decent dedicated film scanner AND a scanner/printer all-in-one.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
I have one, but I would not use it for 35mm. I would get a dedicated 35mm scanner instead:

Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Scanner 60-A29-BBM310-C B&H Photo
Why wouldn't you use it?

I keep eyeing up medium format gear, so I don't want to limit my scanning equipment to 35mm.
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Why wouldn't you use it?

I keep eyeing up medium format gear, so I don't want to limit my scanning equipment to 35mm.
I will hazard adding my opinion to whatever Aristophanes says. I own the V700 and its maximum "real world" scan resolution is about 2400 dpi. This is adequate for 35mm to produce up to moderate sized prints. (Figure 300 dpi as the print resolution, so 8x10 would be the practical limit.) The V600 (replaced the V500) has a real world resolution of only about 1600 dpi (full technical review HERE). Compare both to the Nikon 5000 ED or 9000 ED at a true 4000 dpi to get some perspective.

I bought my V700 for medium and large format negatives and it is great for that purpose. I also used it on occasion for batch proof scanning of 35mm since I can simply set it up, start the scan, and go mow the lawn. I never use it for critical scans of 35mm. If I had the V500/600, it would be for 120 film only.


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BTW...Scan-Service Scannen Dias Negative Fotos APS-Filme Mittelformate; Dienstleistung Digitalisieren Einscannen, Video-Digitalisierung is a great resource for scanner reviews. The site is in German, but also has versions in several other languages.
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