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03-22-2012, 07:02 AM   #1
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scanmate 3000 for pentax 645 film

what people think of this drum scanner. i can buy one used for 450 euro.
don't know nothing about drum scannig apart that is supposed to be better than flatbed scanning .
the alternative a epson 750

03-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #2
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If in working order with mounting station, that looks like a good price, though I am not sure if it would be a good solution for you unless you want to spend a lot of time doing your scans. Drum scanners require a wet mount onto the glass drum.

Things to consider:
  • Time to prepare negative/slide for scan
  • Cables
  • Computer interface (parallel, SCSI, USB, Firewire)
  • OS compatibility of capture software
  • OS compatibility of available drivers
  • Technical specs of the unit itself (resolution and dMax)

Edit: Did a little mounting station for the Scanmate 3000. The drum is not removable.


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One like this might work well can set it up in the garage...

Howtek ScanMaster 4500 Drum scanner | eBay

03-22-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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Older used scanners can be very, very good but they can be problematic if you don't research them properly. First you need to find if drivers for your computers operating system can be found (some only have driver support for older operating systems), Vuescan supports a lot of old scanners but the cost of this software must be factored in and a large proportion of old scanners especialy drums can only run off a SCSI drive. If you have to run a SCSI drive, Adaptec cards can be found very cheaply and are still driver supported for new operating systems many others aren't, but you must be prepared and confident enough to open up and install the card on your computer. I went through all this with my dedicated film scanner a Canon FS4000US but it was worth it to get genuine 4000dpi scans at 1/4 of the cost of my Epson V700 and with results that it or any other flat bed scanner could only aspire to.
Research is the key good luck,


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