I normally get my film scanned by a lab, but the cheap lab I've been using\nhas had a change in management, and have raised their price to be on par\nwith every other expensive place in town, plus they will no longer do the\nhigher quality option which gives images about 3300x2200. Now they will only\ndo the basic 1800x1200 option.\nSo, I'm now looking for a scanner to scan my own film. I'm thinking of\neither a Minolta Dualscan 4 or Primefilm 3600, that I can get at reasonable\nprices. I am also in need of a new flatbed scanner, so was thinking of\nkilling two birds with one stone and getting a flatbed with film\ncapability - but only if there is a decent one. A friend has a HP 3670, and\nI found it delivers terrible quality scans - colours are woeful and even\nwith heaps of photoshop fiddling I can't get anything vaguely close to what\nit should be like. Plus the fact that it can only accept 2 negs at a time\nwas a pain in the butt - I get my negs cut into 6's, so I'd have to cut them\nagain to use the middle 2 shots. My mounted slides wouldn't fit into the\nfilm holder on it, so I couldn't test it with slides. The images were also\nsomewhat blurry.\nMy father has an Epson RX510 multifunction, which I thought was a very nice\nmachine until I tried it's film scanning - colours were spot on, but the\nimages were incredibly soft - it was like it didn't focus properly. The\nscans looked like you were viewing them through fogged glass (yes I did\ncheck everything was clean). The colour neg holder worked well and holds\nstrips of 6 which is good, but the slide holder was a pain - it took forever\nto get the slides sitting on it properly.\nSo my question is, are any flatbed scanners any better? I was considering\nthe RX510, but not anymore. I'm now considering the Epson 4180, which is\nabout the same price as the above dedicated film scanners, but also offers\nhigher resolution and the option to do 120 format. Does anyone know if this\nscanner is worthwhile? Are any of the Canon/HP offerings any good for film?