~$250 film scanner recommendations

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Jeremy, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy Guest

    Consumer Reports recently made a recommendation to stay away from
    factory-reconditioned photo gear. It typically was priced not that much
    less than new equipment, and the warranty was much less desirable.

    Reconditioned gear can be a hit-or-miss proposition. I agree with your
    decision to steer clear of it.
    Jeremy, Jan 12, 2004
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    Ed E. Guest

    I am going to try to save some money up for a film scanner, but on a
    Check out eBay for a used scanner in good condition. Whatever the case,
    make sure it has ICE. Not some lame software solution, but the real
    infrared stuff that is partly built into the scanner. I had a non-ICE
    scanner for years and was constantly retouching photos because of dust. ICE
    literally makes a print-ready image in a couple of minutes. And if you're
    thinking that you are exempt because "I take really good care of my
    negatives so they don't have dust" - you are in for a rude awakening.

    Some good, used scanners in your budget: Nikon Coolscan, Minolta Elite.
    Also, consider investing in VueScan if your budget allows.
    Ed E., Jan 12, 2004
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    Adam Barker Guest

    I am going to try to save some money up for a film scanner, but on a married
    student's budget I am limiting myself to about $250, give or take a little.
    Any recommendations?

    So far I have been looking at the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II or Dual III.
    How about Minolta factory reconditioned ones? I figured it was better to
    spend an extra $30 and get a new one.

    Thanks in advance,
    Adam Barker, Jan 12, 2004
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    jones Guest

    I agree with that. I have the Scan Dual and that is my only rub. No
    matter what you do, you will end up retouching all your photos after
    scanning. Its a capable enough scanner if 2400dpi is enough for you. I
    find it adequate for what I do, but some may dissagree.
    Software solutions are ok but final retouching in PS will be a common
    jones, Jan 13, 2004
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    Ron Andrews Guest

    I faced the same question a couple years ago. I got plenty of
    recommendations to go with Digital Ice, so I opted for a Minolta Dimage Scan
    Elite (the original, not II). This worked great for me since I have an old
    Mac with a SCSI port. I cautiously recommend this route, but only if you
    have a computer with a compatible SCSI port (not all SCSI's are created
    Ron Andrews, Jan 13, 2004
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    Ed E. Guest

    I cautiously recommend this route, but only if you
    True, the SCSI route can be a learning curve. If he's using a PC, a
    compatible SCSI card can be had for about $25. Unfortunately, the right
    cable might be at least that much.
    Ed E., Jan 13, 2004
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    Adam Barker Guest

    Thanks for the info!
    Adam Barker, Jan 13, 2004
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