Scanner Canon 8400F, whats the verdict?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Pete D, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

    should I look elsewhere for a film and slide scanner?
    Pete D, Apr 21, 2006
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  2. Pete D

    googlegroups Guest

    If it's anything like the older models (I have a 5200F) then you'll
    probably be disappointed with the results... dynamic range
    (particularly shadows in transparencies) and resolution (or more likely
    focus) are a couple of issues you may run into. In general, a flatbed
    scanner is a compromise when you want to scan negs or trannys.

    If you can buy one with the option to return it then have a go and see
    if it suits you. :)
    googlegroups, Apr 22, 2006
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  3. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

    The 8400F is somewhat higher in resolution but at the price I think it will
    be good enough, at least from the reviews I have read. I don't want to spend
    money on a dedicated film/transparancy scanner so I think as a double duty
    scanner it will do well enough. I currently have a HP 5P scanner and that is
    pretty ordinary really but has done well over many years but does not do
    high enough resolution for even doing print scans at any useable quality so
    it has to go.
    Pete D, Apr 23, 2006
  4. Pete D

    googlegroups Guest

    I seem to remember there being an issue with flatbed scanners and focus
    when scanning film, if you are scanning a document it sits directly on
    the glass but if you're scanning film it might be a couple of mm higher
    in the holder. That's why I mentioned that it may be focus rather than
    resolution that's the prob. If the scanner has adjustable focus (either
    automatically when switching scanning modes, or user adjustable) then
    you probably don't even need to worry about this reply. :)
    googlegroups, Apr 23, 2006
  5. Pete D

    careful1 Guest

    I have owned a 8400F for several months now and have found it to very good
    for the scanning I have done to date.
    I have scanned -
    * Various documents both B&W and colour to JPGs & PDF with excellent
    * Photo prints B&W and colour to JPG & TIF with v.good results.
    * Test scan of a few slides (probably the main reason I purchased the
    scanner) which seemed to be okay, although the original slides themselves
    were not the best exposures. (Must get around to scanning those 100s of
    slides :cool: )

    I have not tried 35mm film negatives as yet, but the 8400F does come with a
    film holder and I would expect that once you tell it you are scanning film
    it would make allowance for focus.

    careful1, Apr 24, 2006
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