Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
I just got my first set of slides back, they look good. Well....I went to scan one (@ 2000dpi, it's the highest it will go), and it comes out blurry on my corel photo house program. What can I do to make them look better? I'm not sure if it's my scanner (microtek scanmaker 3600 42 bit scanner), it was only $100. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
P.S. I have the SW "mexico one" on one of those slides, so I'd really like to upload it!
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3049 times:
Is your scanner a flatbed scanner? If so, you cannot use it to scan slides. Also, you shouldn't be scanning slides above 1200 dpi. Anything above that just wastes time and diskspace and does not improve quality.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4022 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3039 times:
Short answer, it is probably your scanner. There is an old saying "You get what you pay for " and a $100.00 scanner will probably not cut it when it comes to scanning slides. I am assuming that this is a flatbed correct ? If so the I suggest you save your money and put out $400-$700 for a decent film/slide scanner. There are flatbeds that have supposed transparency capabilities, but from what I have read, most are medicore at best, your best bet is to get a dedicated film/slide scanner.
I believe there maybe one or two here on this forum that use flatbeds for slide scanning, they may have some helpful tips on setting up the prefrences.
Flygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3032 times:
For scanning slides you are gonna have to buy a new scanner. One of the most popular for scanning stuff for the web is the HP S20. It runs between $450 and $500. It is what I use. For the price, you cannot beat it. It does slides, negatives, and prints up to 5x7. Most other slide scanners are much more expensive.
Hias From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 349 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3028 times:
I am using the Canoscan 2710F and this is a very good slide/negative scanner and as far as I know it costs about 1300,- DM, which is about 560 US$. It has a 36 Bit colour depth and a max scan resolution of 2700 dpi.
Chris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2995 times:
Alright, I promised myself i wouldnt spend the money on a slide scanner... i think im about to break that promise. I believe you get what you pay for, so im considering that HP S20 that seems so popular. But where do you go about purchasing these items?
My camera shop has a "prime film 1800" slide/neg scanner for $200 but the only other one they have is some new kodak scanner for over $1000... HAHA yeah right.. (by the way, anyone know anything about that "prime film" scanner??)
Anyway, did you all order your scanners? and if so where at? or did you just go to a computer store?? whats the best way in your opinion???...
Rindt From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
Before I bought my slide scanner, I had my slides scanned by BobP, or I went to a friend's house and used this flatbed with a mirror which you would put on the slide to reflect the light. Let's just say the results using a flatbed/mirror weren't optimal... have a look.
It looks as if there's a crease on the left side of the scan... horrible! I'll probably re-scan them when I get a chance.
Now I use my own scanner at 2400dpi, and when I resize the pictures, the size is usually under 100k, from a 22MB bmp. I use a cheap $200 (if not, less) scanner, and well, here are the results : (I have yet to get a complaint, so I must be doing something right!)