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Scanners: How Do You Guys Get It So Sharp?  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

There are countless examples of scanned images on a.net with incredible quality, and so sharp you could cut yourself watching them. So the question I keep asking myself is; Why can't I do that? Is it because...

A) I Don't have that kind of skill/knowledge

or

B) Because my scanner simply isn't good enough to do the job?

Is there anyone out there who have some hints of how to get the most out of a print when scanning it onto the PC? The scanner I'm operating on is an AGFA Dualscan T1200, incase anyone happen to have the same. I use Corel Photopaint during the scanning.

It's not that the result is absolute rubbish, it's just that I believe the pics can look better. So, can anyone offer some advice?

Thom@s


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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

I suspect that it is largely due to the fact you are scanning from a print - most of the really sharp scans you are seeing will have been scanned from slide or negative.

It is possible to get good scans from prints, but the quality of the original must be very high, and on gloss paper.

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3541 times:

Do I need any special equipment to scan negatives?

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

Yeah how do you scan negatives?

When I get film back, they give me the sheet with mini pictures of it all.



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

To scan negatives (or slides), you need a film scanner, like the one pictured below. The best ones are made by Nikon, Canon and Minolta, and are about the size of a shoebox. Cost depends on quality, but range from $400 to $1600.



Charles


User currently offlineJiggles From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

I wondered why the quality of print from slide was so poor from my Epson scanner. I didnt realise there was a scanner specifically for the job.

The Epson Perfection 1250 scanner produces dull out-of-focus images from slides, really disappointing.

Looks like I will have to invest in a slide scanner.



User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

So it can't be done with my scanner (see original post)?

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
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