Flatbed scans of photo prints

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by ian lincoln, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. ian lincoln

    ian lincoln Guest

    My genius scanner finally gave up and died. Well it sort of adds a sharp
    but grainy image. It took me a while to notice as i have been mostly
    scanning old photos for restoring. Then i realised that even under a
    magnifying glass (a real one not a software one) the photo didn't have that
    pattern on it. The poor old scanner made some horrible screeching grinding
    noises too.

    So anyway, got a mustek 1200 scanner. Software doesn't seem to be xp
    comatible. but got a wia driver. Oddly enough the twain driver works
    inside the microsoft software i recently got but not the twain driver inside
    of adobe cs.

    Now to the crux of the problem.
    despite turning up brightness to and upping contrast and various post
    processing attempts in photoshop pictures come out too dark and contrasty.
    This actually helps with old faded b+w/sepia stuff but modern photos come
    out terrible. particularly skin tones. Usually people look heavily tanned.
    Now is this an inherant problem with prints to flatbed or will investing in
    a more expensive scanner yield better results?

    I've looked at the epson 4490 and canon 9950. As i'm unlikey to scan medium
    format or even roll film are the lesser scanners just as good for colour
    accuracy and sharpness when it comes to prints?

    i thought i saw a review of scanners endorsed by wayne from scantips over on
    ephotozine but now i look back there are no listings.
    ian lincoln, Mar 24, 2006
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  2. ian lincoln

    ian lincoln Guest

    i've got a canon dslr and canon printer. a canon scanner would seem the way
    to go. There are quite a few. there are the lide ones then the canoscan
    ones. I also have a dimage scan elite II so unless they are faster i don't
    really need film scanner adapter. the elite ii even turned down to 1200dpi
    is terminally slow and only does 4 slides at a go. I see the canon and
    epson can do almost a whole film in one go but do they do it quicker
    especially with dust and scratch turned on to say 50%. The amount of dust
    removal doesn't seem to affect the speed of the actual scan itself. Just
    bleeding slow on my elite II.
    ian lincoln, Mar 24, 2006
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