Digital Scanner preferance

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Al, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. Al

    Al Guest

    I am in the market for a photo scanner in the under $250 range in order to
    convert my 35mm slides and negatives to digital images. Any suggestions?
    My priorities are:
    1. quality
    2. speed
    3. Price
    In that order of importance.

    Al
     
    Al, Nov 6, 2005
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  2. From: "Al" <>

    | I am in the market for a photo scanner in the under $250 range in order to
    | convert my 35mm slides and negatives to digital images. Any suggestions?
    | My priorities are:
    | 1. quality
    | 2. speed
    | 3. Price
    | In that order of importance.
    |
    | Al
    |


    Please read this News Group's Charter
    http://groups.google.ca/group/rec.p...sgid=&lr=&hl=en

    What Is Considered Off-Topic:


    - Discussion of pure film cameras
    - Discussion of digital point-and-shoot, ZLR, rangefinder, or any other
    non-SLR digital cameras
    - Discussion of any cameras with non-detachable lenses
    - Discussion of digital rangefinders
    - Discussion of scanners
    - Discussion of printers
    - Posting links to personal photo galleries or images, not in the
    context of DSLR photography
     
    David H. Lipman, Nov 7, 2005
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  3. From: "Al" <>

    | I am in the market for a photo scanner in the under $250 range in order to
    | convert my 35mm slides and negatives to digital images. Any suggestions?
    | My priorities are:
    | 1. quality
    | 2. speed
    | 3. Price
    | In that order of importance.
    |
    | Al
    |
    Here's the place to ask...

    comp.periphs.scanners
     
    David H. Lipman, Nov 7, 2005
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  4. You won't get the best quality or speed in that price range, and you
    say price is the least important criterion.

    What do you want to use the digital copies for? How critical are your
    standards? Are a lot of the slides underexposed (very dense)?

    There *are* purposes and standards for which a good flatbed (though
    still not down to $250, I don't think) might be a conceivable approach
    to your project; however, I wouldn't generally recommend anything less
    good than the Nikon Coolscan V, at about $500.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, Nov 7, 2005
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  5. Hmmm - it seems that about 1/2 of what gets posted here doesn't fit the
    charter.

    The solution seems obvious to me - must be time we expanded the scope of the
    charter!
     
    Cockpit Colin, Nov 7, 2005
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  6. Charters can't currently be edited after creation, which is unfortunate.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Nov 7, 2005
    #6
  7. From: "Cockpit Colin" <>

    | Hmmm - it seems that about 1/2 of what gets posted here doesn't fit the
    | charter.
    |
    | The solution seems obvious to me - must be time we expanded the scope of the
    | charter!
    |

    No. That's not the way to go. Since there are 10's of thousands of News Groups, one should
    find the News Group that best fits the subject matter where the subject matter is On Topic.
    In this case, the OP can go to; comp.periphs.scanners

    This News Group was specifically setup to discuss dSLR cameras. There is no reason to
    dilute its intended purpose.
     
    David H. Lipman, Nov 7, 2005
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  8. Why so more morons could post off topic items?
    *********************************************************

    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/
     
    John A. Stovall, Nov 7, 2005
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  9. At better place for this post would be comp.periphs.scanners.

    This group is for digital SLR cameras not scanners.


    *********************************************************

    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/
     
    John A. Stovall, Nov 7, 2005
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  10. I think you must have missed the bit in the charter about personal attacks
    on others. Why such an abrasive attitude?
     
    Cockpit Colin, Nov 7, 2005
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  11. I wasn't being particularly serious with the suggestion - I was however
    trying to subtly convey that perhaps "a little lattitude" and "a touch of
    respect and courtesy" might better serve our collegues rather than an
    uncompromising notion that the charter is somehow "cast in stone". After
    all, the OP was relating to digital image capture - not exactly philosophy
    or lawn mower repair.

    In my opinion the OP was asking for some input from people here who may well
    have something relevant to add to the conversation (I for one was interested
    to hear what people had to say about it), and yet he gets the charter quoted
    at him for posting something deemed to be off topic - and yet the charter
    also mentions of things such as personal attacks being a no no - and yet we
    seem to accept unchallenged, frequent personality clashes that (without
    question) deteriorate into personal slanging matches - not to mention others
    being bluntly told that they're (essentially) "fuckwits".

    Personally, I feel you're fighting the wrong fire on this one.
     
    Cockpit Colin, Nov 7, 2005
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  12. From: "Cockpit Colin" <>


    |
    | I wasn't being particularly serious with the suggestion - I was however
    | trying to subtly convey that perhaps "a little lattitude" and "a touch of
    | respect and courtesy" might better serve our collegues rather than an
    | uncompromising notion that the charter is somehow "cast in stone". After
    | all, the OP was relating to digital image capture - not exactly philosophy
    | or lawn mower repair.
    |
    | In my opinion the OP was asking for some input from people here who may well
    | have something relevant to add to the conversation (I for one was interested
    | to hear what people had to say about it), and yet he gets the charter quoted
    | at him for posting something deemed to be off topic - and yet the charter
    | also mentions of things such as personal attacks being a no no - and yet we
    | seem to accept unchallenged, frequent personality clashes that (without
    | question) deteriorate into personal slanging matches - not to mention others
    | being bluntly told that they're (essentially) "fuckwits".
    |
    | Personally, I feel you're fighting the wrong fire on this one.
    |

    Your opinion is noted. However the fact is is was an Off Topic post and made sure teh OP
    was aware of it and I gave the correct place to post that question.

    EoD
     
    David H. Lipman, Nov 7, 2005
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  13. What kind of computer are you using?

    I have had good experience with an Epson Perfection 4490 with a Mac. It is
    right at the $250 mark. The higher resolution (4800 dpi) is especially nice
    for scanning slides. My personal use has been limited to slides, but you
    should get similar results with negatives.
     
    Robert L. Haar, Nov 8, 2005
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  14. Your probably not getting a true 4800 dpi scan out of that scanner.
     
    Gregory Blank, Nov 8, 2005
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  15. Al

    Al Guest

    I am sorry I created an apparent problem for members of this news group. I
    thought that as a new owner of digital slr system, the members of this
    group would have the best experience with digitizing slides. That is why I
    did not indicate it was OT. The scanner news group is less likely to want
    to convert slides and have less experience with the subject. My question
    was directed at those with the most experience with the subject.

    I have participated in News Groups since they were invented and never
    received a negative response like I received from a number of members of
    this group. Enough on this subject. I will get back to learning Photoshop.

    Al
     
    Al, Nov 8, 2005
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  16. Al

    Paul J Gans Guest

    Since they are essentially unenforceable it hardly matters.*


    * some ISPs will act on charter violations, but the bad guy
    just gets another ISP.

    ---- Paul J. Gans
     
    Paul J Gans, Nov 8, 2005
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  17. Al

    DD Guest

    I bought a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV for to scan my film. I am pretty
    happy with it, considering how cheap they sell for (under $250).
    However, if I was looking again I would definitely go for something that
    has digital ICE. I spend a lot of time cleaning up dust specks and
    scratches in PS.

    You might want to look at a used Nikon CoolScan.
     
    DD, Nov 8, 2005
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  18. Al

    Guy Jordan Guest

    With a $250 limit your priorities are more like this:
    1) Prices
    2) Quality
    3) Speed


    For a new film scanner at that price I like the Konica-Minolta DiMAGE
    Scan Dual IV. Its right at your price point and a little under at B&H
    Photo for example. Dedicated film scanners seem to achieve better
    results than a flatbed scanner rated at a higher resolution.

    -Guy
     
    Guy Jordan, Nov 8, 2005
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  19. Or a drum scanner.
     
    Gregory Blank, Nov 8, 2005
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  20. I wouldn't fret over it, there are lots of off topic discussions. One
    way to avoid narrow minds is to post OT clearly in the subject line.
    And I would take the advice of posting the question on the suggested
    newsgroup its a good and valid suggestion.
     
    Gregory Blank, Nov 8, 2005
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