Versatile Inexpensive Scanner Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by G. Albertson, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. G. Albertson

    G. Albertson Guest

    I am working with a video production company to produce a family video
    from snapshots taken over the last 50 years. I have a modest budget,
    and they are suggesting that I can save a considerable amount by
    buying an inexpensive scanner and scanning the photo elements in
    myself instead of paying them to do it.

    I have no experience with scanners or scanning and am looking for
    advice as to whether there is such a thing as a single piece of
    modestly priced equipment that is capable of scanning photos in a
    variety of media.

    What I have to scan for this project are:

    1. Prints ranging from wallet size up to 5 x 7" or even 8 x 10",

    2. Frames from 35mm negatives in strips,

    3. Conventional mounted 35 mm slides, and

    4. Single frames from mounted pairs of 35 mm stereo slides. (These
    are mounted in pairs in cardboard mounts measuring 1 5/8" x 4" with
    apertures for the individual slides that are 23 x 21mm.)

    Is there a low-end scanner that can handle all of this?

    Thank you for any information or suggestions.

    G. Albertson
    G. Albertson, Mar 5, 2004
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  2. Depends what you mean by "low end" and "inexpensive"<g>. Any letter size
    flatbed that claims to do 35mm will be fine. The Epson 3170 and 4870 come to
    mind. You may want to use Vuescan for better scanning of the slides,
    especially the stereo slides, which might confuse the bundled software.
    Don't buy a scanner that Vuescan doesn't support.

    Also check out

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Mar 5, 2004
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  3. G. Albertson

    G. Albertson Guest

    Well, David Littleboy, it looks like you are my only adviser, and
    that's good enough for me. I just ordered an Epson 3170. I also
    visited the hamrick site and investigated Vuescan; once I have the
    scanner, I'll download the trial version.

    I'm very grateful for your help.

    G. Albertson
    G. Albertson, Mar 6, 2004
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