Film scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by JohnM, Sep 24, 2006.

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    JohnM Guest

    I have lots of 35mm slides ... some lovely pictures often used to stunning
    effect in my school assemblies. I want to be able to stop using the noisy
    old projector and put together powerpoint ... I do want quality .. but I'm
    no prefessional so can't spend the earth. I'm torn between looking for
    second hand on e-bay or what seems the only reasonably priced new Plustek
    Optic Film 7200i which gets remarkably varied reviews. Is it like the
    digital camera market, where 2 year old technology is obsolete? Ideas?
    JohnM, Sep 24, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    1: Don't even consider one that does not have Digital ICE3, to remove dust
    spots and to correct for faded colors. Believe me, you will save many hours
    of work from not having to clean up every image in your editing software.

    2: The Kodak Photo CD, which is now discontinued, scanned at 2048 x 3072 and
    I believe it had a DMAX of 2.2. You can get a Pacific Image PF3650 Pro from
    Amazon in the $350 range, and it scans at a true optical resolution of 3600
    x 3600, has a DMAX of 3.6, and has Digital ICE3. I believe that this model
    is the most economical one that has this feature set. Here is a review:

    Its major flaw is that it is slow. If you can live with slow scan speeds
    this model probably offers the best bang for the buck.
    jeremy, Sep 24, 2006
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    JohnM Guest

    Review looks good, but don't seem to be able to find it in UK
    JohnM, Sep 24, 2006
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    Phil Martin Guest

    I would certainly second the comments made about needing ICE - I now could
    not envisage using the clone tool to remove all the dust and scratches as I
    did with my first scanner the HP S20. I now have the Minolta Scan Elite 5400
    and am highly satisfied overall and especially pleased with the
    labour-saving ICE feature. Some people have issues with clipping which
    occurs using the Dimage scan software and advocate alternatives - I have not
    found this to be necessary though.
    Minolta and Nikon scanners have good reputations but I am not sure about
    second hand purchases sorry.............Phil Martin
    Phil Martin, Sep 24, 2006
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    Bill Crocker Guest

    If it's a one-shot batch of slides, have a lab do it.

    Bill Crocker
    Bill Crocker, Sep 24, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    I believe that it goes under the brand name "Reflecta" in the EU.
    jeremy, Sep 25, 2006
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