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User currently offlineUsa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 276 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

I have noticed that all of my slides come out very fuzzy when I scan them. At first I thought it was a focusing problem, but the slides are very sharp and crisp when I vew them on the projector or with a loupe.

I have a HP Photosmart slide scanner, and I am wondering if the scanner is the problem? Anybody else have trouble with their HP Photosmart scanner?

Any recommendations for a decent slide scanner?

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User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Is it the S20? I usually set the sharpness to 35. After you insert the slide, double click on it and a different screen comes up. The change the sharpness to 35. You can also change the size of the scan.

Stephen


User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Hi,
I set the sharpness to 15-20 and use the PSP7 unsharpen mask once. No problems so far.
Regards,
Ivica


User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

i do the same as ivica- all my scans on ainet are with the S20

Joe


User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

just saw on your website that you used to live in Germany. I hope you had a nice time here. Oh man, you really love "Deutsche Bahn AG" Big grin

Regards,
Ivica


User currently offlineUsa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

No, it's an antique SCSI S10

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User currently offlineJasonm From Australia, joined May 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

I set my sharpness to 0 and do all my sharpening in Photoshop. I've never ever used the sharpening in the scanning stage but might give it a try.

I don't know if it's me or the scanner, but when I scan slides that are un-mounted they seem to come out very nice and sharp.

Jason Milligan
MEL/YMML


User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

I think Scanner is the problem. I am getting this almsot all the time. It pissed me off but I cant do anyhting about it.
So I dont ever shoot slides. Although they look fine the Scanner like has a disease of some sort and will NOT accept any slide scans. If I am VERY lucky one or two may come out alright.

Use Vuescan or get a new Scannner~!!!!!!!
jk, ya dont need new scanner.

Bo



Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3107 times:
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I have just started taken slides now and when I scan them I always go to photoshop. I find that you can get the best results.There is nothing wrong with your scanner.I to have the HP S20 scanner.
Jason Whitebird



User currently offlinePsa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

There's nothing wrong with your scanner. Try setting the scanning software to 84. That's what I usually do and I get good results, many of which are on a.net.

see my latest upload:
http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=212419


User currently offlineUsa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

My scanner is the original HP Photosmart, so it doesn't have any of these settings you mention. I think the problem is the scanner; many people that have an original HP Photosmart complain about poor slide scans.

Either I go back to shooting prints or get a new scanner. What do you recommend for a new scanner?


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 740 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

I think we need to know whether you're talking a little blurred or very blurred - if you can read the reg with an unaided eye on the orginal, can you read it on the resulting scan?

If no, then I think we're looking at a problem in the slide loading mechanism. Uneconomical to repair.

On the PhotoSmart, the lens is fixed focus and relies on depth of field to ensure focus. If your slide mounts are abnormally thick or thin, this might cause a problem, likewise would distinct film curvature. You could try scanning the slide upsidedown which might help bring the emulsion into focus - you can then correct in Photoshop or similar.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

Never had a problem with the original Photosmart C1500A I believe it was called. All of my slide scans prior to Dec 2001 were done with the C1500A. There is no sharpening setting on the older software and you shouldn't need it anyway. If your original slides are pinsharp and the scanner is operating correctly, you should be getting good results. It's tough for us to tell without seeing an actual example or the orig. slide.

If truly your slide is perfectly sharp, then it would assume it's your scanner. If you're not looking at the slide with a quality 8x (4x min.) loupe then I would suggest going that route first before looking at a new scanner. You'd be surprised how many people i (used to)
trade with say they are sending me pinsharp slides (and they checked with a $2 loupe) and i check it with my 8x and it's soft. A soft slide will come out just that when you scan it...soft.

Michael


User currently offlinePsa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

Whatever you do, you shouldn't go back to prints. If your scanner's on the fritz, consider getting a new one. My new USB S20 works fine.

User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

yes, please do not go back to prints- stick with slides for max results

Joe


User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

I shoot prints.
hmm. The pressure to shoot slides is starting to hit on me as well again.

bo



Chance favors the prepared mind.
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