HP Scanjet 3970 Neg Scans

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Justin Thyme, May 27, 2004.

  1. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Guest

    Has anyone used one of these things for negative scanning and did they get
    decent results? I had opportunity to try one yesterday, and the result was
    nothing short of disgusting. The resulting images had practically no
    colour - they were mostly a dirty shade of purple/brown. No amount of
    playing in photoshop could get the colours anything vaguely like correct -
    essentially the scan is monochrome with a dirty tint. The image was also
    very dotty and had visible lines that stretched the length of the image. I
    did expect better from a midrange scanner. The only part it did get good was
    the black at the edge of the frame. I know the neg is good, because I had
    prints done from it just a couple of days ago. The scanner in question does
    do a beautiful job of reflective scans (prints etc), so I know that it's
    sensor is working properly. Unfortunately I don't have access to slides to
    test it's capabilities with them.
    Also surprising, it didn't appear the software did automatic multiple image
    scans, plus if scanning with anything that uses the twain interface or the
    Windows XP scanner wizard, you don't even get the option of doing a
    transparency scan - the option is only available if scanning with HP's scan
    I'll be able to try out a canon (not sure of model - probably 5200) soon -
    hopefully it will be better.
    Justin Thyme, May 27, 2004
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  2. I have occasionally used my Canoscan D1250 for negatives and the
    results have been pretty good. Not the resolution of a dedicated
    negative scanner but entirely adequate if you don't intend too much
    cropping. Very little adjustment was necessary with Photoshop
    James Silverton, May 27, 2004
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