need a photo scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by DonLogan, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. DonLogan

    DonLogan Guest

    Time to digitize the family albums & send copies to the children. The
    pics are assorted sizes, but no 8x10s.

    We already have a couple of general purpose scanners but am willing to
    buy one made for this task.

    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    tia & seasons greetings
     
    DonLogan, Dec 21, 2007
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    ray Guest

    How would one be "made for this task"? Assuming you have a color flatbed
    scanner of recent origin, it should be up to the task - have you tried?
     
    ray, Dec 21, 2007
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  3. DonLogan

    DonLogan Guest

    Personal scanners have had quite a development cycle. I still have a
    logitech roller scanner. And there was the business card scanner. So
    why not a specialized picture scanner, with a good feed hopper, and
    some good software?

    I googled around & found nothing. So thought I'd check with the
    experts.
     
    DonLogan, Dec 21, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Have a look at the Canon 8400F and similarly priced from Epson, they are all
    pretty bloody good.
     
    Pete D, Dec 21, 2007
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  5. I use an Epson Perfection 4490 Photo. Have no complaints.

    Gerrit - Oz
     
    Gerrit 't Hart, Dec 21, 2007
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  6. DonLogan

    Ray Paseur Guest

    Don: I've used Epson scanners for years with excellent results, given the
    price of the desktop models. Not much automation is avaliable, but if
    you're willing to work the process you can do a fine job. Look for the
    Epson Perfection Photo models on the Epson.com web site. Happy scanning!
    ~Ray
     
    Ray Paseur, Dec 21, 2007
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    Marvin Guest

    I have both a HP multifuction printer/scanner/fax and an
    Epson scanner. They both do a good job, but the Epson has
    features that make it easier. It is the Epson Perfection
    3490 photo, that cost under $100.
     
    Marvin, Dec 21, 2007
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  8. I can place several photos on my Epson 4490 at a time and the software scans
    them as so many different files. (and also straightens them if they are a
    little askew)

    I use a standard setting of 600 dpi for scanning prints just in case I need
    to crop them a little. Works well and does not slow down the process unduly.

    Gerrit
     
    Gerrit 't Hart, Dec 22, 2007
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  9. DonLogan

    DonLogan Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Sorry to hear there is no scanner with a good feed mechanism for
    prints but guess that time is now past.
    The epson, which will handle multiple prints & straighten too, sounds
    like the best option.
     
    DonLogan, Dec 28, 2007
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  10. Speaking of the past, there's always the HP S-20 PhotoSmart USB scanner
    which was around a few years ago. It will handle prints up to 5x7 as
    well as doing strip negatives.

    You feed prints into a slot in the front one at a time. Rollers pull
    the prints through the scanner and eject them at the rear. It has a flat
    feed path so the prints don't get bent. The print scan resolution is
    only 300dpi though. Negs are scanned the same way, pulled through the
    scanner by rollers but scanned with a special 2400dpi insert.

    You can find them on Ebay quite cheap although you might have to hunt
    around for software to drive them. Here's one I found for sale:

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/36usm4

    There was an earlier version, the S-10 which has an SCSI interface
    which would be trickier to get working.
     
    Robert Sneddon, Dec 28, 2007
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  11. DonLogan

    DonLogan Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Sorry to hear there is no scanner with a good feed mechanism for
    prints but guess that time is now past.
    The epson, which will handle multiple prints & straighten too, sounds
    like the best option.
     
    DonLogan, Dec 31, 2007
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