slide scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Daniel, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    Hello all.
    I decided to digitalize my stock of slides. Can you give me some references
    of the best avaible scanners (i can't afford far beyond 500 $ anyway).
    Thanks in advance.
    Daniel, Feb 28, 2006
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  2. The best available scanners are far beyond $500 (the Imacon Flextight
    848 Multi-format, for example, is listed at $14,995 in the latest B&H
    catalog). They're also slow and take a lot of work and skill to
    operate (wet mounting, with the associated cleanup time afterwards).

    However, for $500 you can get a low-end consumer film scanner, which
    do quite a good job. I'm a fan of the Nikon scanners, so for buying
    new the Coolscan V is the obvious choice.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 28, 2006
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  3. Daniel

    rafe b Guest

    No wet-mounting on an Imacon, David. They're not
    drum scanners, in spite of their (misleading) ad copy.
    They are very good CCD-based film scanners, to be
    sure. But realistically? Not much better than your
    Nikon or mine, from what I can see.

    Here we agree. Particularly with K/M bowing out of
    the market, Nikon might be a good choice for the OP.
    The Coolscan V ED is $550 at BH Photo. Canon may
    still make them, and at the low end there's Pacific Image

    rafe b
    rafe b, Feb 28, 2006
  4. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    Thanks for your advice. Up to now there seems to be some unanimity.
    Daniel, Feb 28, 2006
  5. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    Thanks for your answer. Good thing to know there is some convergence on this
    Daniel, Feb 28, 2006
  6. Oops, I didn't realize they didn't support wet-mounting. Oh well;
    made an even better story that way :).
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 28, 2006
  7. Daniel

    rafe b Guest

    It's been suggested many times, but I've
    never seen results posted.

    rafe b
    rafe b, Mar 1, 2006
  8. Daniel

    Malcolm Guest

    This is what I did

    Malcolm, Mar 1, 2006
  9. Daniel

    rafe b Guest

    Thank you for posting that! Even if the results
    aren't super, it's the kind of "home brew engineering"
    I really love to see.

    As it is, the tonality is decent and the sharpness in
    the center of the frame isn't bad, all things

    I'd love to see someone repeat this experiment with
    a better camera/lens combination.

    The barrel distortion and the softness in the
    corners are two effects that you would *not* see
    in a proper slide scanner.

    rafe b
    rafe b, Mar 1, 2006
  10. Is that _your_ website, Malcom?
    If so, thanks a million. If not, well, thanks a million to the fella
    that put it up.

    I went that way -- using a Kodak DC-280 + close-up lenses. Mine is
    still Very Simple: My tube is made from a cardboard mailing tube plus a
    plastic plumbing adapter. It's still open-ended. I just lay the slide
    on a fluorescent view table and stand the camera+tube on the slide
    mount. I shoot several shots of each slide (megabytes are cheap) and
    select the best on the computer -- the 60 cycle (U.S.A.) 'flicker' of
    the display table _can_ affect the outcome. I suppose. at 50 cycle,
    it would be even worse.


    Someday, Real Soon Now, I'll throw up a web page on my lash-up.

    Allodoxaphobia, Mar 1, 2006
  11. Daniel

    Malcolm Guest

    Yes, it is. Thanks for your comments.

    Malcolm, Mar 1, 2006
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