Usa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 280 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3724 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?
LGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3652 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.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3617 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.
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CO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3612 times:
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.
Usa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3597 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?
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3577 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.
Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3577 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.