Buy Advice - 35mm Slide Scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by FRP, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. FRP

    FRP Guest

    I'm in need of some advice. I have about 3500 slides of my late
    fathers that span from the 1950's to the 1990's. I want to digitize
    these for safekeeping. I own an HP S20 but after scanning a couple
    hundred slides, I find it is rather slow and the resolution and colour
    depth are not as high as newer units.

    I've been looking for comments regarding the Epson 4870 versus the
    Canon 9950F and the Nikon Coolscan 5000 with the slide feeder. I want
    a reasonable balance between speed, resolution, and quality. I like
    the Canon because it will do 12 slides at a time, but I understand
    that the images may not seem as crisp as the Nikon. Obviously, it is
    also a third the cost.....but can I compensate with software
    sharpening? I also have read that with the dust removal software
    running, it is considerably faster than the Epson.

    I would appreciate peoples comments, good or bad, on any of the above

    FRP, Jan 22, 2005
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    Kevin Guest

    If you were going to be scanning slides on a regular basis I would suggest
    investing in a dedicated slide scanner. However, that would mean you would
    need a flatbed scanner to scan everything else. If you look at the time it
    is going to take you to scan just 3500 slides, you can see that you are
    talking about a considerable effort. 3500 slides scanned in batches of 15,
    taking 15 minutes to set up and scan each batch is about 72 hours of work.
    That's 292 batches of slides!

    Of course, you will be doing this over some period of time, so the ability
    to scan multiple slides may not be a factor. I would seriously consider the
    Epson 4870 as it has the combination of resolution and multiple slide (and
    film) scanning necessary to produce quality scans.
    Kevin, Jan 22, 2005
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    PJX Guest

    It looks like an easy decision based on your requirements. You
    should go with the Nikon. You will never be happy with anything

    And remember that you can sell it when done.

    PJX, Jan 23, 2005
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    Wild Bill Guest

    You didn't ask, but there's one other thing implicit in your
    project - How to store the scans.

    You should know that while factory mastered and PRESSED CDs
    will probably last scores if not hundreds of years with relatively
    easy storage requirements, CD ROMs that you WRITE yourself
    will not. Recent reports have life expectancies as low as just a
    few years. The dyes are not long-term stable.

    You can pick up Magneto Optical drives on ebay pretty
    cheap that can write media that does last. That's why the
    Feds use them almost exclusively to store 'evidence'.
    So do video production companies and many others.

    When they 'upgrade' to bigger and bigger ones, they
    tend to dump perfectly useable gear super cheap, like
    less than a penny on the dollar, ie 1.3 gigabyte sizes.

    I like Maxoptix, but use Sony and HP, too.

    Wild Bill, Mar 2, 2005
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