Looking for a Slide scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Ryan, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Guest

    So what's the big diff if I buy the Lide80 canon and then something ...
    say... biger?
    Ryan, Sep 4, 2004
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  2. I'm thinking of the Nikon coolscan 5 or 5000
    Ernest Cornet, Sep 4, 2004
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  3. Ryan

    Rob Novak Guest

    You mean you want to know the difference between a flatbed and a
    dedicated film scanner? Night and day, I'd say.

    Flatbed scanning arrays are fixed-focus at the glass plane on which
    you place your paper. Slides and negs, however, don't rest on the
    glass when scanning, but are a millimeter or two off. The resultant
    scans tend to be rather soft.

    I've produced 8x10 enlargements from flatbed scans, and with a little
    work they don't look bad. However, 5400 dpi (true optical resolution)
    film scans with per-frame autofocus are another world entirely.

    If you're a casual user, a flatbed with a film holder will work.
    It'll be slow and won't be the sharpest thing in the world, but it'll
    work. If you're looking for something to use in a production
    environment, a hi-res film scanner is pretty much a necessity.
    Rob Novak, Sep 4, 2004
  4. Ryan

    gord Guest

    agree with Rob...I have a Minolta Dimage III and it is exceptional in
    quality for both slide and negative scannning.
    gord, Sep 4, 2004
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