Flatbed Scanners

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Deadlegs, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Deadlegs

    Deadlegs Guest

    Now I am a little more savvy, I'll rephrase my query.

    What are photo retouchers, color correction professionals using for scanning
    colour and b&w photographs? What are the minimum resolution, bit depth and
    optical density values I should be looking for when purcahing a new scanner?

    As mentioned in a previous post I do not necessarily need film or slide
    scanning as I already posess a CanoScan FS4000 US.

    I am drawn to the Epson 4990 Hi Res Photo as, the 1680 is a litlle out of
    reach but it does come with the full verison of Silverfast Ai.
     
    Deadlegs, Mar 18, 2005
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    Caitlin Guest

    Given that you have said that transparency scanning is not a requirement, I
    wonder if you are actually going to utilise the additional resolution
    offered by this scanner? There is no reason I can think of that you would
    ever want to scan a film print at these kinds of resolutions. Most of the
    4990 professional features are really for the benefit of better slide/neg
    scanning. (I could be wrong - but I THINK DigitalICE also only works with
    transparencies?)
     
    Caitlin, Mar 19, 2005
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  3. Deadlegs

    Deadlegs Guest

    That's what i am not sure about. I know that high resolution and bit depth
    are not necessarily going to give me more detail and in some instances might
    even soften the picture. Optical density seems to play an important part in
    the mix but I am unclear as to what it is. Can I get away with OD 3 or
    should I be looking for higher values?
    If not the 4990 then which of the current models should I consider?
     
    Deadlegs, Mar 19, 2005
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