Camera mounted slide copier vs flat bed scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by tr, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. tr

    tr Guest

    Want to digitize the family slide collection. Generally the exercise is
    to archive a family pictoral history, but there may be occasional shots
    which I would want to convert into high quality prints. Not confident
    as to which type of equipment best meets my needs, recovered image
    quality and price being major considerations. Speed of performance is
    not a primary consideration. Cannot get a handle on the relative
    equipment performance capabilities.

    Looking at Photosolve hardware to attach to my Canon A75 digital camera
    (3MP) for copying 35mm slides. Alternatively, considering Epson 4990
    flat bed scanner.

    Would the image recovered using the camera mounted equipment be
    better/same/worse than the image which would be recovered when using
    the new Epson 4990 flat bed scaner.

    Does anyone have working experience with both of the above pieces of
    equipment and could provide some perspective.
    tr, Aug 15, 2005
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  2. Per tr:
    I'm in the home stretch of doing the same thing.

    Tried the camera-mount thing and was not satisfied with the quality. Too much
    posterizing, for one.

    Wound up buying a Nikon CoolScan 4000 and doing them that way.

    People have said that a 4000 dpi flatbed can accomplish the same thing - but I
    did not explore that avenue. Also, I've got to wonder about focusing issues.
    With the dedicated film scanner, it gets a chance to focus on each slide - OTOH
    a flatbed is looking at many slides and probably doesn't even have a focus
    (PeteCresswell), Aug 16, 2005
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