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03-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Opinion; Optex 35mm Film & Slide Scanner

Right now I have a Epson 2450 Photo flatbed that accepts slides and negatives. I paid about $450.00 five years ago for it. Scanning at 100% at 1000dpi takes about 2 min per image.

I see in the local shop they have a Optex 35mm Film & Slide Scanner for $100. It's not a flatbed, its a dedicated slide/film scanner. Any opinions vs. what I already have?

04-01-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Just a bump to see if anyone has tried or knows about the Optex 35mm Film & Slide Scanner. A link to the specs; Gentec-International

Digital film/slide image copier (film scanner) for 35mm strip and mounted slides
High quality 5 mega pixel CMOS scanner - 48 bit, 3600 dpi optical resolution
Scan colour or monochrome 35mm film strips or mounted slides
Instant preview and high speed scanning (0.5 sec/film frame)
Image capture resolution: 5MP, 2592 x 1680 pixels
Light source : 3 white LED lights
Power : USB port
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I don't know much about photo scanners--I'm just learning myself, but I did find a scanning and scanners forum on Photo.net that might help you: Digital Darkroom forum from Photo.net -- Scanning>Scanners. I've been considering getting a scanner and they've been very helpful to me.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I don't know much about photo scanners--I'm just learning myself, but I did find a scanning and scanners forum on Photo.net that might help you: Digital Darkroom forum from Photo.net -- Scanning>Scanners. I've been considering getting a scanner and they've been very helpful to me.

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Thanks Heather, I'll check them out. My scanner is giving me fine results, its just the speed that is the killer.

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Here is an example of what my 5 year old scanner can do. This is 2400 dpi, 48bit and 100%, which equals about a 3200x2100 image. I resized it to 900x600 for the web.

The only issue like I said is the speed, the above process takes 5 minutes per image. Sure wish I could find some scanned examples from that Optex.



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In about 40 seconds of searching I found just 1 comment, on another forum...I found out that it's not so much a proper film scanner, as it is a 5 MP digital camera with a flash behind the slides...not a scanner.

I'd stay stick with what you got. Sorry it's slow.
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In about 40 seconds of searching I found just 1 comment, on another forum...I found out that it's not so much a proper film scanner, as it is a 5 MP digital camera with a flash behind the slides...not a scanner.

I'd stay stick with what you got. Sorry it's slow.
Thanks for the info. I can deal with the current speed I suppose, at least for now I'll just save up for a proper negative/slide scanner.
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