Request for advice on slide scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by nedley, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. nedley

    nedley Guest

    I have a couple thousand slides I want to scan.
    Once I am done, I will not need to ever scan slides again.

    Once I start looking at these slides, I expect I'll decide many of them are
    not worth scanning.

    What I plan to do is, buy a slide scanner on E-Bay (possibly a Minolta
    Dimage), scan my slides, and them sell the scanner on E-Bay.
    Hopefully with this plan, I can uses a pretty good scanner at minimal costs.

    The computer I'm connecting this to is a new laptop.
    I've noticed that many of the used slide scanners use a scsi interface that
    will be a hassle to deal with on the laptop.

    I'd prefer a USB 2 connection, but if one had a firewire (1394) I supposed I
    could pick up a PCMCIA firewire card pretty easily.
    (I've actually got an old Adaptec PCMCIA scsi card, but I don't want to deal
    with drivers for that ancient card)

    I'm looking for suggestions on specific models and what they should cost on
    E-Bay.
    I'd prefer to spend between $100-250 for the scanner.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    regards
    ned
     
    nedley, Nov 12, 2004
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  2. nedley

    Tom Ellliott Guest

    I know I said the following in one of your cross posts, HOWEVER, IMHO bmoag
    certainly painted a HOPLESS picture. As to a laptop being slower than a
    desktop, maybe if all things are equal. In my case my laptop is much faster
    than my desktop, so much so I am using Premeire Pro 1.5 on the laptop.
    I would go with my flat bed attachment below, other than that a PHOTO CD
    from a service brueau is much better and if you can afford it go with the
    PRO version and BE RUTHLESS in editing the slides. Most pros shoot a 10 to
    one ratio anyway and do a ruthless edit. For me the hastle of buying a
    scanner, learning to use it only to then just get rid of it seems...well
    fruitless.
    I know that this is NOT usually recomend, but.....
    http://www.tom-elliott-photography.com/hp-scanner.html
    is where I adapted my flatbed for transparency scaning from 35mm to 4x5 the
    conversion was around $25USD here in Miami.
    Have fun.
     
    Tom Ellliott, Nov 13, 2004
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  3. nedley

    nedley Guest

    thanks for your input. I agree, you can't make a blanket statement that
    laptops are slow.
    The person who said laptops screens can't be trusted with color was right,
    but there is no reason why you can't scan with a laptop. (use tube when you
    get to the point of adjusting the pics w/ photoshop).

    I like your low cost approach, but I think by buying a transparency scanner,
    and then selling it when I'm done, I can have the best of both worlds. I
    tried using an epson flatbed that was supposed to handle transparencies
    pretty good last year and it was way too painful.

    thanks
    ned
     
    nedley, Nov 13, 2004
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  4. nedley

    Tom Ellliott Guest

    All the best. A tool is a tool.
     
    Tom Ellliott, Nov 14, 2004
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