The Annual 'Best scanner' query?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by A.Lee, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. A.Lee

    A.Lee Guest

    This one hasnt come up for a while, so here goes:

    I need a flat bed scanner.With the ability to scan slides/negs on
    occasion (these will be medium format slides, as there is no way I can
    justify the cost of a medium format film scanner).
    Must be either USB or Firewire, and have AppleMac drivers/support.
    It doesnt have to be 'top' quality, as any scans will only be used for
    printed off A4 sheets, or putting neg scans on a web page.
    I currently have a 6yo Canon 800x600 ish flat bed, so anything will be
    an impovement.
    Over to you.

    A.Lee, Jan 23, 2007
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  2. I am still of the opinion that Epson make the best scanners in the known
    universe. I've got a 4990, prior to that I had a 1200U, which I have now
    given to Rowland and it seems to be working flawlessly with his 4G5; and,
    AFAIK, he seems perfectly happy with it.

    The only gripe I have with Epson units is the EasyScan software. It seems to
    install it automatically as part of the driver software and, certainly on
    PPC-based systems it caused kernel panic if allowed to start up with the
    system. The solution is simply to switch it off.

    The V350 seems to have got some good press (though I haven't seen a review in
    a Mac mag, though) and it's under £100 (I've seen it from £80 - £95). The
    only slight negative (if you'll excuse the pun) is that negative scans are
    slightly noisy - though I have just read a review that says it's quite slow.
    Persona non Grata, Jan 24, 2007
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  3. [snip]
    Only complaints: scanning software chews up 100% of one CPU when idling,
    and it's horribly slow due to being USB 1.1. Fairly sprightly when
    you're doing (say) a 600dpi 1 bit scan, mind.
    Hmm. I've not seen that myself - although after I'd spotted the Epson
    Scanner Monitor startup item, I did turn that off on the grounds that
    it's bound to cause problems.


    Rowland McDonnell, Jan 25, 2007
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