OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1154 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
For a few weeks ago I bought a new scanner with the capability of scanning slides. Well scanning photos seems to work properly but scanning slides is the worst thing I have ever seen. Colours don't match and all photos are extremely blurry. It can't be a problem with my slides because they look very good when I use a projector. A friend of mine who uses Kodak slides (I use Fuji) got perfect scans with my scanner. How is this possible???
The scanner I use is a Plustec Optic-Pro UT-12 USB scanner.
Does anyone with the same scanner know what to do about this??? Maybe you also have some tips with the settings to make better photos...
Flygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
Is this a flatbed scanner with a transparency adapter? If so they are terrible for slides. If you want quality scans of slides or negative, you have to spend the money for a film/slide scanner. The HP S20 which many of us use is the most reasonalble good quality one and it runs between $450 and $500 US. It will also do prints up to size 5x7.
FastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
Your scanner has an optical resolution of 600X1200dpi, but your problem sounds more like color balance as you indicate that Kodak slides scan OK but Fuji does not. You might also want to look into better post-scanning software, such as Paint Shop Pro, ULEAD PhotoImpact, or even Photoshop if you can get a copy somewhere.
It was just mentioned that flatbed scanners do a poor job with slides, and this is a true fact. The HP S20 IS the hot tip for an entry-level slide scanner. Dedicated slide scanners have an optical resolution of 2400dpi (like the HP) or even higher.
I doubt that there is any "magic bullet" with the scanner settings to fix things. Just keep experimenting, or eventually get a new scanner.