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User currently offlineAvroarrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Just wondering what peoples experience has been with negative scanners. I'm considering buying a better quality flatbed scanner with 35mm negative scanning ability to try it out as a way to improve the sharpness of my scans. Will this suffice or should I be looking at a dedicated negative scanner? Or should I not bother with it at all and just continue scanning prints? So many options and so little budget.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy If anyone has any equipment recommendations I would appreciate it.


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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3940 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

RUN......don't walk away from hybrid scanners!

That said I must admit that it has been some time (3 years) since I have used one of these monstrosities and perhaps there has been some improvement in the technology, however I would suggest buying a stand alone film scanner for your negative and any potential slide work that you may do in the future. If you want an example of what these things turn out check out the first couple of pages (waaaaaay back there) in my A.Net portfolio, granted these were all slides using a transparency adapter on a UMAX flatbed, but I doubt the negs would have fared better. I would advise keeping your flatbed for you printed art and getting a neg/transparency scanner for your film work.

Thomas



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User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1306 times:

It all matters how much you want to spend on a slide/neg scanner. If you want high quality scans, you will need a scanner that is designated for slide/neagtive scanning. What is your budget?

-Dmitry


User currently offlineDerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

For info these slides was scanned using a HP5470C flatbed scanner. The scanner is hopeless with negatives though.


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User currently offlineAvroarrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

Budget would only be around $300 to $500 for now, so given the feedback above I should probably just invest it into a better flatbed with higher DPI rather than one with the negative/transparency option. And now for the ignorant question.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy If I were to spend the $1000 or so on a nice Nikon or other brand dedicated negative/slide scanner, just how good is it compared to the best flatbed scan you've ever seen? (I realize that it would be highly dependent on the quality of the processing etc.) Thanks for the input guys.
BTW Derek the slide scans above are definitely head and shoulders above the best scan I've been able to do with my existing unit.



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1224 times:


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These were scanned with the Minolta Scan Dual II, it retails at about 400$, great value for the money. It handles slides best but gives good results with negatives too. There are quite a few other a.net photographers who use it.

Staffan


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Staffan,
Those shots look great! Do you have any examples taken on negative film with the Scan Dual II? I have been wanting to get that scanner to scan some negatives I have from a few years back.

Thanks,

Jeff Miller


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

I cant really help you with my scanner, it is slightly out of your budget, but do a search for a Nikon Coolscan IV, excellent scanner. Search for my name to see the pics


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Thanks Jeff,

This one was scanned from a Fuji Reala negative:


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I'll try to post some more examples of scanned negatives.

Staffan


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

example pic of high end equipment everywhere, lense, film, body and scanner:


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Nikon Coolscan IV



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User currently offlineRound_engine From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 64 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Reala negs scanned on a Minolta Scan Dual


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