spencer
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Scanner Advice Please.

Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:06 pm

Hi all. I'm embarking upon a bit of a mission, going through my old prints from way back when.... The scanner I have now, although it does the trick, needs to be replaced as I'm pretty sure I could get better results with a modern one. (The one I have now is touching 6 years). I'll be using it entirely for scanning prints, not slides. Suggestions please.
Spencer.
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wilco737
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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:17 pm

Hi Spencer,

I use the EPSON Perfection V500 Photo and I am quite pleased with it. It is easy to use, it can scan negatives as well.

Scan from a print:


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JakTrax
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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:55 pm

I use the Canon Canoscan 4400F and I must say I'm more than happy with it. It is a direct competitor to the scanner mentioned above by WILCO737 and is similarly priced.

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spencer
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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:07 pm

Thanks guys. I'd like an honest opinion though here... Below is one of my scans. Quality wise, is it worth getting a newer scanner or is this up to scratch? ie. Will I ever get better than this?

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paulinbna
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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:34 am

How much post processing is involved in these images, or are these the results after a scan??
Canon 50D user; 100-400 MM L IS 10-22 MM, 60MM Macro
 
JakTrax
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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:11 am

Spencer,

Using scanners below £300-400 that is about the best you'll get - no need to upgrade in my opinion. Very nice shot by the way!

Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 4):
How much post processing is involved in these images, or are these the results after a scan??

Both my examples and Spencer's too have been through processing - raw out of the scanner they actually look pretty awful! Processing for scans is a lot more demanding and takes a lot longer but worth it if you can dig out some golden oldies!

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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:12 am

One thing I forgot to mention - all my example scans were scanned from prints and not neg's. Neg's will produce slightly better images.

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spencer
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RE: Scanner Advice Please.

Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:49 pm

Thaks guys. And btw the Saudia L1011 was a scan from a print as well.
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