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Scanning Slides With A Plustek Scanner  
User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1229 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2874 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...

Thanks in advance

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User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 2855 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.

Richard Silagi

User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2850 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.

User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1229 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

The problem is that some Kodak slides look pretty good.
use the following links here for some examples....


Only the fuij slides are terribly blurry. I don't have them saved anywhere but trust me. It doesn't even come close to the pictures of the links above.....

I have advanced photosoftware (Ulead) with which I am able to manipulate the color settings but I can't get them sharp at all.

I think I will buy kodak slides for next summer and try it again.. you never know.

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