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Negative Scanners

Tue Oct 22, 2002 1:05 pm

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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RE: Negative Scanners

Tue Oct 22, 2002 1:23 pm

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.

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RE: Negative Scanners

Tue Oct 22, 2002 2:27 pm

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?

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RE: Negative Scanners

Tue Oct 22, 2002 9:14 pm

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


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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 12:20 am

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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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 5:22 am


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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.

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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 6:28 am

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.

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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 6:32 am

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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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 6:37 am

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.

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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 6:40 am

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


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RE: Negative Scanners

Wed Oct 23, 2002 10:21 am

Reala negs scanned on a Minolta Scan Dual


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