what resolution scanner?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by onthechoppingblock - Stephen P., Jun 29, 2005.

  1. I'm looking for a Negative/Tranny scanner. Mixture of colour slides, colour
    negatives and (the majority) B&W negs. I don't want to have to store
    thousands of huge files, and I can't see myself ever wanting to make prints
    greater than, say 10x12. Also I don't want to spend a fortune and would be
    quite happy with something second hand off eBay.

    What sort of resolution is sensible compromise between file size and
    quality?
     
    onthechoppingblock - Stephen P., Jun 29, 2005
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  2. I scan at 4000 dpi, do basic color/contrast adjustments, convert to 8 bits
    and save as jpegs. If you hit the scans with noise reduction before
    jpegging, the files will be quite a bit smaller. (This is, of course,
    heresy. But scans are grossly soft and an incredible waste of bits as tiff.)

    Presumably you're working with 35mm, but 10x12 is a size I'm not familiar
    with: is that a UK thing???

    For prints that large, I'd recommend getting at least a 4000 dpi scanner.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Jun 29, 2005
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  3. Thanks for the advice, I will look out for something with at least 4000dpi.

    I should have said - they're all 35mm media.

    In the UK 12"x10" is (I think) a reasonably standard print size, betwixt
    12x8 and 15x10.

    Thanks again.
     
    onthechoppingblock - Stephen P., Jun 30, 2005
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