slide/film scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Pumper Hinkle, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. Well, I just got my new Epson 4870 up and running and am quite delighted in
    the quality of 35mm film and slide scans it does (compared to my old
    scanner). I didn't get it specifically for slides/film, just scanning old
    photos and some OCR stuff. Doing slides/film is a nice attraction,
    though.

    Only thing, it's s l o w ! I've only got about 950 slides to scan
    but I estimate it will take me more than 62 hours so scan, process, and save
    these slides. I just don't want to devote that much time (it takes about
    15 mins to process 8 slides).

    Thinking of getting a Nikon 5000 and a bach feeder for slides. The Nikon
    specs say it's 21 seconds per slide. Realistically, just how fast will
    the 5000 scan, process, and save 50 slides using the batch feeder?

    Thanks in advance, Ralph
     
    Pumper Hinkle, Mar 1, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    I simply go away and let the scanner operate while I do something more
    interesting. My Nikon 4000 used to take 7-10 minutes to scan a slide at full
    resolution with Digital ICE but without the other software add-ons. Since
    Nikon "repaired" it - this is now a 45 minute scan.
    For scanning in batches I use a flatbed with a light top. I scan at 16 to
    20 at a time at low res and use these scans for all major decisions as to
    what to put through the film scanner. I then run the film scanner while
    doing something else, checking in often enough to replace the film.
    As to the batch scanner - a lot depends on how your slides are mounted. If
    you have a lot of different mounts -- forgeddaboudit. If your mounts are
    pretty consistant you will probably do okay. I didn't bother because the
    batch scanning gizmo only works for mounted slides, and while there is a
    full roll holder too, my Canon flatbed was cheaper than either of those two
    devices would have been, and is the best overall flatbed I've ever had (I've
    had a bunch of them).
     
    Tony, Mar 1, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

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    Given your numbers, I calculate 30 hours (plus the time to load and unload).
    That's not bad.

    On a dedicates film scanner it takes about 45 - 60 seconds per slide.

    In any case, you will spend more time editing (croppping, adjusting, USM, etc.)
    with each slide that given a reasonably powerful computer (2 GHz Celeron + 1 GB)
    you can be editing while you scan. The untouched digital files will pile up
    faster than you finish them.
    Each one less than a minute each. A bout twice that if ICE is used. Just set
    it off before you go to bed.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Mar 1, 2005
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  4. Scanning is a huge time sink. My Canon FS4000 does 20 full res, dust
    cleaned, scans per hour. The newer Minolta and Nikon units are somewhat
    faster, but with 1000 slides you will still be looking at DAYS of time.

    For the cost of the Nikon 5K + feeder you could have the lot scanned by
    a service. Heck, send them to me! I'm between jobs and will do some or
    all of them for $1 or less each, depending on what resolution you'd
    like, and how critical light-box color matching is to you. (Even with a
    good scanner color profile, most scanned images need a minute or two of
    tweaking to make the color and brightness curves closely match the
    original negative. Also, no two emulsions scan quite the same.)

    -Greg
     
    Greg Campbell, Mar 1, 2005
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