I have been a D-SLR user for a quite a while, and now I am learning and discovering slide photography for the fun of it. I have a scanner that a lot of you would probably laugh at--an all-in-one scanner/printer/copier, but it does advertise a 2400x4800 dpi optical resolution, and it gets great reviews in its class. Sure, it is no FS4000 or Nikon CoolScan, but for the amount of money I have invested in digital equipment, and the amount of time I'll actually use film, this is about where my budget hits. That said...
I was wondering if there is a way to test to see if the scans I am getting at 2400dpi are blurry as a result of my camera/technique, or if the scanner is really not giving me true 2400dpi scans. I also don't know if I am just used to DSLR crispness, and film/slide scans just require more tweaking to look sharp. I have tried scanning small things like a Sony Memory stick to see how sharp it comes out, and it seems really crisp that way, so perhaps my slides are just not real sharp. I was using an old beat up second-hand EOS 5, so I really don't know if my scans were not sharp as a result of a third factor being a problem with the camera. I was using "L" glass and at wide angles (or sometimes telephoto with image stabilization) in bright conditions with good shutter speeds, so I didn't think it was a problem with technique in that regard. I have a photo posted at full resolution and unsharpened scan here: http://www.pbase.com/image/27432634 Could someone tell me if this is normal for a scan, or if there is something wrong in the process? (note the image is a not of an aircraft, but I hope to be using this setup to shoot aircraft shortly) Thanks!