flatbeds as film scanners

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by MTBike1970, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. MTBike1970

    MTBike1970 Guest

    Hello all...
    I have a LOT of medium format transparencies that I'd like to scan and save
    as digital files for later printing... I'm currently using the transparency
    adaptor on an Epson Perfection 3200 flat bed scanner. Although the PSD
    files are huge, they look a bit soft and lacking in dynamic range...the DMax
    on the 3200 is 3.3 and the optical resolution is 3200 dpi.
    I've been looking at the Epson 4800 and the Microtek i800. Both have a
    claimed optical resolution of 4800 dpi and a DMax of 4.0.
    Would either of these produce significantly better scans, or are the scanner
    optics the limiting factor? I know that dedicated film scanners are better,
    but at around $2000 for a medium format scanner, I'd like to avoid that
    Any comments apreciated...
    TIA... M
    MTBike1970, Oct 23, 2005
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    Jasen Guest

    I've got the Epson perfection 4180. Yes, it isn't quite as good as a
    dedicated film scanner but at 500 aussie dollars it sure beats the heck out
    of spending $2000! Results from it have been exceptional and I've even sold
    prints and published images that were made from scanned 35mm slides using
    it. Most images I scanned did need adjusting and yes, they can be a bit
    soft at times. Most of the time it is more than acceptable.
    Now, the fact you have medium format will make a difference in the final
    look of the scan I think. They should look better. The resolution is indeed
    4800dpi. If you go the 4800, you'll do even better than I have.
    Jasen, Oct 23, 2005
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    MTBike1970 Guest

    and thanks to Robert and Roger for the links to their web pages on scanner
    MTBike1970, Oct 24, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    I got a used LS8000 on ebay for around $1000 and the results are amazing..
    Stacey, Oct 24, 2005
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    MTBike1970 Guest

    Hi Roger:

    How does one adjust the film plane on the Epson 4990? Is it a built-in
    function? There's no mention of this on their website..
    MTBike1970, Oct 24, 2005
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Hi Mike,

    I will review.

    Ron B
    Ron Baird, Nov 17, 2005
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