janne
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Flatbed, Film Scanner Or Pure Digital?

Fri Jan 10, 2003 4:53 am

Hello everybody out there.
I have a lot of aircraft photographs taken in the old chemical way (35 mm).
I also have a Canon N1220U flatbed scanner.
Now, I am a bit disappointed about the output of this scanner,
espescially (probably wrong spelling) compared to all the fantastic
pictures on a.net.
I let a couple of friends who both had film scanners do a test scan of
a few of my negatives and of course(?) the results where much better
than what my own scanner produced.
Now my question. Should I go SLR digital or should I continue shooting
chemical with my old SLR camera but buy a film scanner.
Which gives the best results?
/jl
 
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RE: Flatbed, Film Scanner Or Pure Digital?

Fri Jan 10, 2003 5:18 am

I think it depends on your end goal. In terms on "affordable" technology, (in my opinion) a DSLR will give you the highest quality. I have scanned both new and old slides using a Nikon Coolscan 4000, and been very happy with the results, but they don't compare to a digital shot. But, if you took a transparency and had a drum scan done, I think the quality would be excellent, and if you are looking to do huge output (20 x 30 or bigger) then this would be the way to go. A decent slide scanner (Nikon Coolscan 4000) will run you around $1,200 on eBay, a little less for a used model, so the entry cost is less than a DSLR. But, it also takes more time to scan and edit using film, so take this into consideration.

Also, if you are a slide collector/trader, then you still need film  Smile I started off digital, but am looking to buy a film body next month  Smile

I think PhotoPilot would also have some good opinions on this subject. How about it Steve?
 
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RE: Flatbed, Film Scanner Or Pure Digital?

Fri Jan 10, 2003 6:24 am

Jan,
How do you want to look at your photos?

1, Do you prefer to look at prints?
2, Do you prefer to project them onto a 5 foot screen?

3, Do you prefer to look at a computer screen?
4, Is uploading to Airliners.net important to you?
5, Do you want to share with friends via personal web site?

All of the options above are possible with both combinations - DSLR or 35mm/film scanner.

Consider 35mm
1, Do you prefer to look at prints? 35mm native output - High Quality.
2, Do you prefer to project them onto a 5 foot screen? 35mm native output - High Quality.

3, Do you prefer to look at a computer screen? Convert to digital format with scanner - Reasonable Quality.
4, Is uploading to Airliners.net important to you? Requires very good scanner/technique.
5, Do you want to share with friends via personal web site? Convert to digital format with scanner - Reasonable Quality.


Consider Digital
1, Do you prefer to look at prints? Home printing gives reasonable quality/high cost.
2, Do you prefer to project them onto a 5 foot screen? LCD projector - High Quality but expensive.

3, Do you prefer to look at a computer screen? Native Format - High Quality.
4, Is uploading to Airliners.net important to you? Native Format - High Quality.
5, Do you want to share with friends via personal web site? Native Format - High Quality.

As you can see, 1 and 2 lends itself to 35mm, whereas 3, 4, and 5 are best served by Digital.

A DSLR competes well with the price of a top end scanner plus film.

How many old slides/negs do you want to scan? Why not just select the very best/rare ones and have them professionally scanned?

Hope this helps,
Craig.
 
janne
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RE: Flatbed, Film Scanner Or Pure Digital?

Fri Jan 10, 2003 8:21 pm

Thankyou for your points, Craig.
My problem is I both want paper copies in my albums nicely stacked on
my bookshelf AND high quality electronic versions of the same pictures.
Guess I will have to sit down and sort out what is most important to me.
Cheers, Janne.
 
Craigy
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RE: Flatbed, Film Scanner Or Pure Digital?

Fri Jan 10, 2003 9:21 pm

Janne,
I that case, have a look at the thread on the Fuji Frontier machine, if you have not already done so.

Craig.


http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/76111/
 
janne
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RE: Flatbed, Film Scanner Or Pure Digital?

Sat Jan 11, 2003 6:21 pm

Thanks for the tip, Craig.

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