Which Negative scanner?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by John, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I have a lot of negatives to convert to digital image format, both
    medium format and 35mm. I am looking for the best solution for this task. I
    would like to buy a scanner which could ideally be used for othjer tasks
    also such as document scanning. I am loking at a Mictotek ScanMaker 8700
    Silver . Is this any good for this purpose or what would you guys
    recomend.Thanks in advance.....John
    John, Oct 21, 2003
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    The "best" solution isn't cheap. The Nikon Super Coolscan
    8000ED is one of the best but it costs a hefty $2,500 retail.
    The Super Coolscan 4000ED is still an excellent scanner
    (same 4000-dpi resolution) and it costs roughly half. The
    Canon FS4000 (still a 4000-dpi scanner) is also a valid
    alternative and it costs a couple of hundreds less than the
    4000ED (street price below $1,000.)

    If all of the above are outside your price range, you may
    consider Minolta film scanners, which are probably the
    best bargains on the market. Some 2400-dpi models can
    be purchased for as little as $400 (check on EBay, plenty
    of refurbished units - with warranty - available for about

    Forget about flatbed scanners with film adapters, not nearly
    as good as dedicated film scanners. I'm afraid there is no
    "all-in-one" solution without a serious compromise in quality.
    Consider, though, that flatbeds today are very cheap and
    you can get a decent one for as little as $50.

    Of all the models I quoted, only the Nikon 8000ED is
    capable of handling medium format, all others are 35-mm
    only (and maybe APS too, but who really cares... :) )

    Hope it helps.
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 22, 2003
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    Jan Philips Guest

    I got my Minolta Dual Scan III for under US $300, from Adorama I
    Jan Philips, Oct 22, 2003
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    John Guest

    Thanks a lot guys for the help.........I have a Cannon 8000F on approval,
    and I see why you dismiss the flatbeds.The reproductions are as poor as they
    come, quality wise. The Minoltas seem much more attractive.Thanks again.
    John, Oct 22, 2003
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    The answer is a resounding YES!
    The beauty of a dedicated film scanner is that it KNOWS
    exactly what it has to scan and you need no manual input.
    Also, the film tray allows you to scan up to 6 frames at
    a time.
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 26, 2003
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    Jan Philips Guest

    Yes it will.
    You don't have to do that - it is automatic (on my Minolta Dimage III
    at least). You put in a negative strip of up to 6 frames into a
    holder, line up little bars between the frames, and feed it in. It
    also has a holder for up to 4 slides that works the same way. There
    is an optional holder for APS film.
    Jan Philips, Oct 26, 2003
  7. Question for you all. I have one of those all in one units. I didn't
    purchase it specifically for the negative scan option, but I have the
    option. Noticed some issues with it.

    1. Scan quality is bad. Highest it will go is 9600, and my computer freezes
    whenever I try.

    2. It scans the whole negative and I have crop around what I want to scan in
    each shot.

    What I want to know is this.

    1. Will buying a dedicated unit such as the Minolta give me better quality?

    2. Will the Minolta scan each neg on it own, or will I have to preview and
    draw the lines around each frame?



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    David Guest

    question before scanning to your hearts content.....how much RAM do you have
    on your computer? Your first comment about your computer freezing up when
    trying to scan at top res makes me wonder if you have enough RAM.

    David, Oct 27, 2003
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    Frederick Guest

    I only have 128 megs of ram.

    Frederick, Oct 27, 2003
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    David Guest

    get at least double that....if you can afford more, get more.
    What's your system speed?

    David, Oct 27, 2003
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