Is this a good scanner ?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Denny B, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Denny B

    Denny B Guest

    I have never ever used a scanner for anything. However I am interested
    in learning how to scan my colour negatives and slides. Obviously I
    need a
    computer (which I have ) and a scanner, which I don't have, so I am
    investigating what I need to start.

    Is the following scanner useful and worth taking an interest in?
    Visioneer OneTouch 8920 Flatbed Scanner.

    I am not interested in the most expensive scanner available
    with all sorts of bells and whistles.

    I do 35 mm photography with a Pentax MX, I have an assortment of lenses
    but what I use 90% of the time is my Pentax 35--105 mm f3.5 zoom lens.
    Yes I do have a Pentax 50mm f1.4 standard lens and a Tamron 90mm f2.5
    fixed lens and other fixed lenses but I prefer the zoom not because I
    am lazy
    but because it is an excellent lens.

    Today I took 10 slides to a pro shop to scan to CD which I will pick up
    tomorrow. The CD is $ 6 and each slide is $1.50 to scan. I also left
    a roll of Kodak 200 ASA x 8 exposure colour negative film for prints
    and the negatives to be scanned to CD, the negative scans are also
    $1.50 each.

    I have decades of slides and negatives.

    Thanks in advance
    Denny B
     
    Denny B, Aug 14, 2003
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    Pierre L Guest

    There are some very good flatbed scanners that do a decent job on negatives
    and slides. I don't know anything about the Visioneer, but I do know its
    resolution isn't enough to be worth buying, if you intend to scan negatives
    or slides. It just doesn't have enough dpi's (1200) to produce a large
    enough image from a 35mm piece of film. I think 2400dpi is about the minimum
    you want to get an image large enough for close to 8 x 10 prints. Even just
    for use on the computer screen, 1200dpi doesn't give you much to work with
    when talking about 35mm. Me, I would stick with either Epson Perfection or
    Canonscan. By the way, don't let others deter you from buying a flatbed. The
    current 2400dpi and better ones do an excellent job. Of course, the higher
    you go in price, the more sense it makes to get a dedicated film scanner.
    Pierre
     
    Pierre L, Aug 14, 2003
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    NickC Guest

    The Minolta DiMage Scan Duell III (AF2840) has been getting a lot of
    good reviews and at about $300 it would be worth your time to look at
    one. I have one, but don't use it as often as I use my Nikon. However,
    I too will join the ranks that say it's a very good film scanner.

    Nick
     
    NickC, Aug 14, 2003
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    Guest Guest

    I had one, worked when it felt like it, then after 6 months died. Tech
    support was no help. I certainly wouldn't recommend them.
     
    Guest, Aug 15, 2003
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