Film Scanner: Epson/Canon/Microtek

Discussion in 'Canon' started by LG, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. LG

    LG Guest

    Hi all,

    Looking at the
    Canon CS9900F
    Epson 3200
    Microtek 6800
    Film scanning mainly, has anybody had any experience with these
    scanners. Tell me what you think? What sort of work do you usually scan?
    What res? Sweet spots on the scanners?

    Will be scanning in negatives sized at 35mm, 6x6,6x7 and 6x9.
    LG, Aug 2, 2003
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  2. I originally bought a Canon 9900f and set about scanning 6x9 negs at 100 MB
    file size. Wrong thing to do! Nothing wrong with the quality but it took 20
    minutes per frame to scan.
    Sold that.
    Bought an Epson Perfection 3200. This works faster but has a problem common
    to all film scanners... Poor or no dust elimination. I still have this
    scanner. The silverfast interface is way better than the Canon one and I get
    closer colour matching. Scanning prints is way better than with the Canon

    I went then and bought a Microtech dedicated film scanner and this is the
    beast I should have bought up front. The Digital Ice dust and scratch
    handling alone is enough to justify buying any scanner with it, regardless
    of the brand.

    Unfortunately DI has to be built into the scanner so IMHO... Don't even
    think about a scanner you intend to scan film with that hasn't got Digital
    Ice. Don't worry about sweet spots. Worry about film grain (noise) and dust.
    I bought GEM from the digital Ice people to clear up 'noise' which I'd say
    was film grain. Now I can scan my 6x9 negs and get them printed at wall
    print size... But it's been an expensive path to get this far!

    Russian? nah... Just fast!, Aug 2, 2003
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  3. LG

    David R Guest

    I have the Epson 3200. Fast scanner, solid film holders, good
    assortment of photo scanning software.
    I bought the $265 version from Amazon. I'll give credit to the
    software (Epson and Silverfast) that came with it but I'll stick with
    Vuescan. A friend and I put all software through a bunch of tests and
    it was clear as day the Vuescan gave the best output. On the other
    hand both the Espon and Silverfast software was easier to use.

    Good luck
    David R, Aug 3, 2003
  4. LG

    Michael Guest

    Hi David,

    How have you found the quality of the 35mm film scanner on the Epson? What
    kind of print size could you enlarge to?

    What are people's experiences with current flat bed scanners that scan film
    at 2400dpi? A couple of models I'm interested in are the Epson 3200, Canon
    5000F and 8000F.

    Michael, Aug 5, 2003
  5. LG

    Alex Guest

    I use a Canon D2400U which I think is similar to the 8000F and it
    performs well with 6x6 and larger film.
    Results with 35mm are poor and not good for much more than making proof

    Alex, Aug 5, 2003
  6. LG

    David R Guest

    I have not been all that impressed with the scans of 35MM on the Epson
    3200. I mainly use it for 4x5 negatives. For these medium size
    negatives I am very impressed.
    I wanted to get the Canon 9900f for it's high dpi and for the FAIR but
    it did not work with Vuescan. As I mentioned before I am almost
    exlusivly a Vuescan user.
    David R, Aug 5, 2003
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