Epson 3170

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Robert E. Williams, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. Has anyone used the Epson 3170 Photo/Film scanner. (3200 dpi optical,
    D-Max. = 3.4)
    I'm considering using it as a Slide scanner. It handles 4 slides at a
    My venerable old H-P Photosmart S20 only handles one slide at a time.
    Although the scan quality (2400dpi) is OK for most of my purposes, I
    can't face the thought of scanning 400-500 old slides, one at a time.
    If the image quality of the 3170 pretty decent.?
    How long does it take to scan a suite of 4 slides at 3200 dpi?

    TIA....Bob Williams
    Robert E. Williams, Sep 27, 2003
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  2. It's effective resolution is more on the order of 1500 dpi.
    IMHO, the 2450 was a tad problematic for slides, I found. Works better on
    negatives. IMHO.
    Most people find the HP S20 to be _better_ than the 3200.
    Note that I said _3200_. As I understand it, the 3200 has a larger light in
    the cover and may handle more slides at a shot than the 3170.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 27, 2003
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  3. Thanks for the input David. That was a very interesting and informative site.
    Surprised to see my S20 (2400 dpi) stack up so well against the Canon FS 4000US
    (4000dpi). In fact, I think it outperformed the FS 4000. It was certainly less
    noisy than the FS4000
    Bob Willams
    Robert E. Williams, Sep 27, 2003
  4. Robert E. Williams

    Stewy Guest

    I'd be very careful with Epson products, if I were you. They are very
    hit-and-miss about product driver upgrades. I have a Epson flatbed scanner,
    the driver is based on Mac OS9.1. As Mac Classic is 9.2 I need an upgrade
    but Epson don't or won't make a driver for it. They advised me to buy a new
    scanner. As the one I have is only 18 months old, I told them where they
    could stick their advice.
    Look at the Canon's FIRST. They'll probably be slightly more but the spec
    will be better - only buy an Epson if you have a strict budget.
    Stewy, Sep 28, 2003
  5. site.

    That site ( is one of the best on the
    net. Lots and lots and lots of good stuff.
    Now that you mention it, it looks to me that that comparison says more about
    how increadibly and unbelievably bad Kodak Supra 100 is than about the

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 28, 2003
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