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User currently offlineCapterdi From Mexico, joined Oct 2003, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2338 times:
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Hi,
What recommendations or advice could you give me about the scanner characteristics and/or minimum scanning resolution to look for when dealing with scanning 35 mm ISO 100 negative film, when trying to get your photos accepted in ´A.net´?
Thank you.

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User currently offlineKey From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2295 times:

Hi,

Go for a minimum of 2700dpi I would say. That enables you to make decent digi images of 1024 wide of most negatives or slides, and 1200 wide of the better ones. Obviously, more is better (I work with 5400dpi now and that kicks *ss  Smile).

You definitely need a film scanner, a flatbed scanner with adapter will not do the trick! Happy scanning,

Erik



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User currently offlineCapterdi From Mexico, joined Oct 2003, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2259 times:
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Erik,

Thanks a lot! Now I have a good starting point.

Cheers,
Carlos


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5578 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2243 times:
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Hi all

Yes, I have an adapter for my flatbed. While it does not scan negatives it's pretty crap at slides.

Sorry, cannot help more. I scan from print.

Regards

Gary


User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1691 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2223 times:
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I hadn't replied before as my information was out of date. I have a lot of old pictures on the database that were scanned at the maximum resolution on an old Nikon Coolscan III, 2700, but this packed in a while ago and I have just replaced it with a Minolta Scan Elite 5400. The difference is quality is staggering, not so much due to the resolution, but the ability to scan the shadows better.
I think that most of the time 2700 resolution is sufficient.
I have recently scanned some at 5400 taken on 100 ISO slide film last year and it remains to be seen if the quality is good enough to pass screening. It is definitely more difficult to get scanned slides past the screeners !
I hope this helps
Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineKey From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 4):
Minolta Scan Elite 5400

That's the one  Smile I have a bunch in the Q at this moment, I like the quality.

I do use the NeatImage plugin for PS and do quite a lot of processing. Part of it is because I want the best colors and shadows/highlights I can get. If I only worked on sharpness and lighting I would need about 20 minutes per scan of a good slide I estimate. Now I often am working at least one hour on an image.

Crazy? Happily so!

Erik



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User currently offlineCapterdi From Mexico, joined Oct 2003, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
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Mick,

Thank you for your broad comments. This helps me to have a better concept about scanning.
Cheers
Carlos


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