Flatbed Scanners

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Deadlegs, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Deadlegs

    Deadlegs Guest

    I am overwhelmed by the choice of Photo scanners. Most photo scanners are
    coming with film and slide adpaters which I don't require as I already have
    a dedicated film scanner. What are some opinions about the "best" flatbeds
    under the $1500 range.
    Are there any good sites that provide multi supplier comparisons?
    Key criteria are that they should be capable of reproducing accurate colour,
    good shadow detail and most importantly decent scanning software.

    Any advice will be appreciated.
     
    Deadlegs, Mar 16, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Epson. Stay away from HP. HP's technology for their scanners and their
    printers including laser and inkjet is getting to the point it is very
    outdated. Epson in my opinion makes the best flatbed scanners.
     
    Guest, Mar 16, 2005
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    Caitlin Guest

    Do scanners even come at that kind of price? You'll get a top of the line
    Epson scanner for a lot less than that. But are you after a large format
    scanner? That's a different ball game.
     
    Caitlin, Mar 16, 2005
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    Scruff Guest

    I bought a large format mustek a3 that is a total piece of junk. I've
    returned it twice but it still scans horribly. Avoid that one!
     
    Scruff, Mar 17, 2005
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    Eric Gill Guest

    ..au:
    Flatbeds range into the tens of thousands of dollars, bud. Maybe more -
    used to be, certainly, but I haven't cheked in a few years.
    There are a number of "normal" (roughly letter or legal) sized flatbeds
    that fall in between $450 and $1,500. UMAX has a half-dozen or so, as an
    example.

    Whether any are worthwhile or not is another question entirely.
     
    Eric Gill, Mar 17, 2005
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    Not Me Guest

    "Eric Gill" <
    <snip>
    | >
    | > Do scanners even come at that kind of price?
    |
    | Flatbeds range into the tens of thousands of dollars, bud. Maybe more -
    | used to be, certainly, but I haven't cheked in a few years.
    |
    | > You'll get a top of the
    | > line Epson scanner for a lot less than that. But are you after a large
    | > format scanner? That's a different ball game.
    |
    | There are a number of "normal" (roughly letter or legal) sized flatbeds
    | that fall in between $450 and $1,500. UMAX has a half-dozen or so, as an
    | example.
    |
    | Whether any are worthwhile or not is another question entirely.

    We just tossed a bunch of not so old UMAX scanners. UMAX no longer produces
    those and there is ZERO support.
     
    Not Me, Mar 17, 2005
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    Kokoro Guest

    In alt.graphics.photoshop, Scruff ordered an army of hamsters to type:


    Depends what you want. The Mustek A3 scanner is less than £100 and only
    has a 300dpi non-interpolated resolution. It isnt a professional scanner.
    The original poster is looking for scanners between £750-800.

    I have the Mustek and find it more than adequate for what I use it for and
    for the price paid its excelent. When I bought it the next cheapest A3
    scanner on Dabs was an epson for over £800. But then it all depends on
    what you are going to use the scanner for. Its not the only scanner I have
    but it will take an A3 sketch and the more expensive A4 scanners wont.

    It bothers me when people recommend others against purchases when there are
    others who might actually be happy with the products. Wouldnt it be better
    saying something along the lines of "product A has this advantage and this
    disadvantage but costs £x but product B has this advantage and this
    disadvantage but costs £x" that way people can make more educated
    purchases.
     
    Kokoro, Mar 17, 2005
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  8. Deadlegs

    Deadlegs Guest

    No, I have an HPSJ3C which can take legal sized documents which is ample fro
    my needs esp when most of my work is up to 8x10 photos.
     
    Deadlegs, Mar 17, 2005
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    Scruff Guest

    Yea, well, maybe I wouldn't think it wasn't such a piece of crap if I wasn't
    on my third one! Returning two of them and having the third not doing a
    whole lot better makes it a piece of crap even if it scans decently, which
    it doesn't. Here's the bottom line-at any price-it's a piece of crap. Did ya
    catch that part? It's a piece of crap. The only thing worse than the scanner
    is the crappy supporting software.
    And the reason I brought it up in the first place is because a large format
    scanner was mentioned.
     
    Scruff, Mar 17, 2005
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