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Old 10-09-2011, 13:19   #1 (permalink)
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Guys,

Been on Pixalo for ages but haven't really got round to getting involved. Any way I would like to be able to scan some 2,000 plus trans (Kodachromes/Fujis) and loads of negs (much B/W) and could do with some advice on buying a scanner. Obviously to get the best out of Chrome 64/Velvia 50 quality is para mount. I'm thinking of going 2nd hand but could do with some advice on models to look out for.

Any help would be welcome.

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Old 10-09-2011, 13:35   #2 (permalink)
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I'm no expert in this area, but a dedicated film/slide scanner will give the best results The better flat bed scanners either come with attachments for scanning film/slides or will have them available as extras and will be able to copy prints and documents too. Most flatbeds will only be able to do 35mm though.

However, with the quantity you have I think that either of these options will take you a very long time to complete. Some dedicated scanners may well have automated feeds, but the flatbeds will not (AFAIK). Not so bad if you had no backlog to scan, but with the initial numbers you are talking about I would look for a lab to do the work for you as they will have the scanners that will be able to handle the quantity. When you have a few quotes you can see if it is viable to buy a scanner.
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If you are looking at 2000+ its a big grinding job. I have a dedicated film and slide scanner and to be honest its an ornament at the moment. I had grand plans of scanning in my negs and slides going back to the 70's (plus some of my fathers from earlier) and I keep giving up, every winter I say I'm going to do it but then the shear magnitude of the task disheartens me.

My scanner is now well out of date at 2700dpi but it takes a strip of 35mm negs or 4 slides that can be batched at one go. If you go to a lab that will drum scan them I would guess your talking about over £80 an hour (thats what I used to pay for commercial work a good few years ago) and there would be a lot of hours in it. I dont know what or if some labs like Jessops would charge to batch them for you and pop them on DVD.

For what its worth mine is a Benq/Acer scanwit and quality wise I find it good enough, but I know while its not the best it was the best I could afford at the time. One thing I would factor in is getting a piece of software called vuescan it helps brings out the best in your shots/scans, well worth a look.

Other than that, I'll say doing it at home you need to be working in a really clean environment as the scanner will pick up every little bit of dust you get on the negs and it can be a real pain to get rid of it.

Before I sound too negative about doing it I'll point out that winter is coming and I plan on doing some scans this year........ again

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For what it's worth I spent probably two days scanning 200-300 35mm negatives on a flat bed scanner.

It was a bit of a task to say the least.

I would suggest a custom made product would be a great time saver.
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Guys,

Been on Pixalo for ages but haven't really got round to getting involved. Any way I would like to be able to scan some 2,000 plus trans (Kodachromes/Fujis) and loads of negs (much B/W) and could do with some advice on buying a scanner. Obviously to get the best out of Chrome 64/Velvia 50 quality is para mount. I'm thinking of going 2nd hand but could do with some advice on models to look out for.

Any help would be welcome.

Regards,

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My brother uses slide. He did have a Nikon CoolScan Film Scanner - now has a second hand Minolta. (Both dedicated Film Scanners).

See his article here.

http://www.petes-photoworld.co.uk/20...i-pro-scanner/

Have also heard that the Epsom V500 Scanner is quite good.
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If you decided to scan yourself then I would also suggest that instead of looking to batch scan all of your images you take a more selective approach & look to only scan those of merit, personal to you or image sharpness etc.

I am still one of those people stuck in the dark ages and use slide film all the time, and to cut down my scan time I purchased a slide table top viewer that magnifies the slide by 3x to view each slide prior to scanning. A high quality scan will take, on my scanner, approx 4 mins, whereas viewing takes a few seconds.

I would also recommend IT8 profiling your scanner for Velvia otherwise you may be disappointed in the final colour scan imaged.
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I thought about doing this to my huge collection of slides, (45 yrs) I used to have a coolscan ten years ago but it dated very quick, I no longer have it , and just recently I bought a really cheap scanner from Lidle's that was awfull, then I looked at my collection again had a good think about it and thought whats the point, I still have a pro lightbox and a projector (do you remember them!) I have not looked at a single slide for over 5 years! so the slides can stop where they are in the loft, and the better ones in magazines, and my favourites in a viewing album in transparent sleeves.....end of story
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I have an epson big flatbed with a good dynamic range. My need for big files is,,,,well I like big files. I scanned at 16bit. 35mm or easy,,,had to make a rack for 110s and the ones that I used when i went off roading in the desert."the most important to me and better to use in the dirt" were c124 or26, just a little bigger then 35mm. I scanned every one,,,about or more 2500 or more. Scanner never gave me a bit of trouble. I remember when I was done that the cool scan had just hit the market. It would only scan the elements that were in the negative,(what it was made of) and if it didn't belong it didn't record it. To late now as I have them done, but I would have bought that technolgy in a second. I bet though that there still is spots that I wouldn't like. I scanned mine in at a range that would give me a an 11X14 at 300ppi.
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