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Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Wed Dec 26, 2001 8:05 pm

I often see requests here for info regarding cheap slide scanners. Well, I might have stumbled on an alternative. The company is called Pacific Image Electronics, and their entry unit is an 1800dpi model that I have seen on the internet for less than $200. They will be at the CES in Vegas next month and I plan on checking-out their 3600dpi unit.

I have never heard of these guys before, so I am initially skeptical. BUT, you might want to take a look anyway. Here's their website: http://www.scanace.com/en/product/product.php

My slide scanner is getting tired and has started to make 'farting noises', thus I am in the market for a replacement myself.
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jwenting
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RE: Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Wed Dec 26, 2001 8:27 pm

Don't buy it.
I might have had a bad unit, but I was extremely dissatisfied with it after only a few weeks (it was my first slidescanner, so the first few images looked marvellous to me after scans from an old flatbed).

Build quality is very poor. (cheap plastic, even the gears. Easy to get the moving parts misalligned).
Optics are poor. Mine died after a few months when the mirror coating let go...
Low resolution (1800 dpi only).
Gets dirty very easily. The optics are open to dust and dirt all the time, you place the slide directly on the scan window, leaving it vulnerable to scratches and fingerprints.
No guides for placing the slide/negative. You have to position each by hand. Each has to be indivudually placed, there is no holder for multiple slides like the more advanced models have.

For a bit more, you have a Minolta. Far better.

It's not too bad if you want to scan a few negs for your personal website, low-res stuff. For more serious work, get something better.
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AirNikon
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RE: Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Wed Dec 26, 2001 8:34 pm

WOW I never heard of these guys and you actually 'had' one? I did think that the scanner did look a bit odd when I saw them on their website. Thanks for the tip(s). It will give me some ammo when I go to their booth next month! I will work them hard on questions about the high-end unit.

Your'e right, I have a Minolta Scan Speed. I just wish it would stop 'farting'. Maybe its time for that Coolscan IV or a Sprintscan 4000...
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RE: Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:47 pm

Is the HP www.airlinehobby.com is selling any good? I am thinking about getting that scanner.

-Dmitry
 
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RE: Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Fri Dec 28, 2001 12:41 am

I posted examples in another post by D-AQUI.

Again, pics by the Primefilm 1800i.

Fuji superia 100, Canon EOS50:

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Fuji Sensia 100, Canon EOS50:

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It's not that bad. But not great either. If you have to money, look for a more expensive one.

ed
 
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RE: Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Fri Dec 28, 2001 1:44 am

I have the same scanner, under a different name in the UK.
Absolutely no problems...over 1 year old, and I have scanned hundreds of
slides since I bought it. What, Low resolution (1800 dpi)?
Now't wrong with 1800dpi for a.net shots = 2400px wide image = 12meg.tif file.
Actually, it's a better raw image that my 3.3 megapixel digital camera (2048px)
So, what's wrong with that spec? Mr Wenting may have got one from a
bad batch.... and I've got no intention of upgrading yet....
Current price for the equivalent in the UK is around ~ £100.

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RE: Inexpensive Slide Scanners

Fri Dec 28, 2001 1:55 am

maybe I got bad luck (it happens). He asked for experiences, I gave mine.
I'd rather save the money towards a better machine.
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