35mm film scanner adivce

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by 2B, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. 2B

    2B Guest

    Hi,
    Terribly sorry if I bothered you with this very old question.
    I will use the scanner for 35mm negatives and slides exclusively. I prefer
    picture quality. Scan speed is not important. My budget is 500 USD or less.
    Can you give me your advice ?
    BTW, if the resolution is 3600 dpi, does it equal to 3.6 Meg pixels ?
    Thanks again for your advice.
     
    2B, Dec 13, 2004
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  2. Probably Nikon Coolscan V.
    No.

    A 35mm negative is roughly 1 x 1.5 inches. So at r dpi, the pixel
    count is roughly r * 1 * r * 1.5, or 1.5r**2. So a 4000 dpi scanner
    gives you about 24 megapixels. Note that this number is *in no way*
    comparable to digital camera megapixels. I can't precisely explain
    the exact physics, but think of it as a "twice sampled" image, once by
    the film grain and a second time by the scanner; scanned pixels aren't
    nearly as "valuable" (for making good prints) as digital-original
    pixels.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, Dec 13, 2004
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  3. 2B

    nrOne Guest

    Do you maybe know some website that has images scanned with the Coolscan V?
    It would be very helpful if I could see some results before choosing to buy
    that scanner.
    Thanks
    Tom
     
    nrOne, Dec 14, 2004
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