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Photo, slide and negative scanner(s)?

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Have any of you purchased a scanner to scan in your pre-digital photos and slides and negatives? My husband really wants one, but I am a bit buffaloed by what is available. Both work with your computer on a USB Port to scan stuff in. Anyone have any experience with this? Any info would be helpful.


First there is a new one for about $80 that scans slides and negatives called a Flashpoint. See it at:

http://www.adorama.com/VUFPSCAN.html

. In addition there is a color flat-bed scanner for about $90 that will do both, but will also scan 8x10's of anything you like. The one I am looking at is a Canon -- see specs below:
Technical Information
Scanner Type Flatbed, color and monochrome
Scanning Element Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Light Source Three-color RGB LEDs
Maximum Resolution Optical 4800 x 9600 dpi Interpolated 19,200 x 19,200 dpi
Scanning Mode Color: 48-bit internal/48-bit external Grayscale: 16-bit internal/8-bit external Black & White Text enhanced
Scanner Buttons (EZ Buttons) Copy, Photo, PDF, E-mail
Document Size Print: 8.5" x 11.7" maximum
Interfaces USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 1 (cable included)
Windows® System Requirements 3 Windows XP: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed: 566MHz/128MB RAM USB: 300MHz/128MB RAM Windows 2000: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed: 566MHz/128MB RAM USB: 300MHz/128MB RAM Windows Me: USB: 300MHz/128MB RAM Windows 98: USB: 300MHz/128MB RAM
Macintosh® System Requirements 4 Mac OS X v.10.2.8 to 10.4.x USB 2.0 Hi-Speed: PowerPC G3, G4, G5/256MB RAM
Size Dimensions: 10.2"(W) x 1.6"(H) x 14.8"(D) Weight: 3.8 lbs.
Software 5 ScanGear® CS 11.1 (Windows/Mac), CanoScan Toolbox CS 4.9 (Windows/Mac), e-registration (Windows/Mac), ArcSoft® PhotoStudio® (Windows/Mac), NewSoft® Presto! PageManager® (Windows), ScanSoft® OmniPage® SE OCR6 (Windows/Mac)
Power Requirements Powered through USB 2.0 port, no AC adapter required.
Maximum Power Consumption 17W (4W standby)
Environmental Conditions (without condensation) Operating temperature: 50°- 95° F Operating humidity: 10% - 90% RH
Warranty 7 Toll-free technical phone support plus 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program.
Ordering Information
CanoScan 4400F Color Image Scanner 1306B002

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

I use my Canoscan 500F to scan photos all the time. It works very well with the actual photos. I can also use it for negatives, but the results are not quite as good. I'm planning on purchasing a negative scanner in the future, but i'm waiting for the lower cost versions to improve or for the better versions to come down in price.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Thanks. I will look up Canoscan 500F.

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

that should read 5000F, I seem to have lost a zero somewhere.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Could it possibly be 5600F?

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

nope. definitely 5000F, but it's a couple years old, so I'm sure they are on to bigger and better, and probably cheaper.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Thanks. I don't think they have a 5000F these days, but they do have a 5600F. I have been studying this since I first posted and found, as you say, that none of them do negatives all that well and you are correct to wait. Here is a review that was recommended by the Steve's Digicam site (http://www.steves-digicams.com/scanners.html) which my husband I have found very helpful in helping select camera equipment:



http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/scanner.htm

Since the cheapest negative or slide scanner he recommends is around $1100, he suggests having your slides or negatives scanned at a place called Chrome for $.65 each. I think that is what we will do, but I will buy my DH a flatbed scanner similar to yours for everyday stuff. He will get it at Christmas. I like the Epson Perfection V500 for $174 at adorama.com after all the stuff I have read -- it has slightly better resolution than yours but is priced similarly -- a little bit more.

Chicago, IL

The best buy in dedicated 35mm negative scanners is the Nikon V, recently discontinued. The Nikon Coolscan 5000ED is fantastic as well, but twice the price.

Flatbeds, the Epson V700 is not bad at all, but still suffers in comparison to a dedicated film scanner like the Nikons.

Personally, I'm saving for the Nikon 9000ED, since I do quite a bit of medium format work as well.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

From my reading, you are absolutely right, but I think we will get a less expensive scanner and see how it does on slides. If it doesn't do a good job, well we will send them off to be scanned professionally. We don't have enough to warrant buying an $1100 film scanner.

Chicago, IL

I hear you. The Nikon V can still be found occasionally around $500. Still pricey, but the difference, especially compared with the cheaper flatbeds, is night and day.

Good luck with whatever you decide. :) And share the results.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Will do. It is possible we will get a cheaper ( not cheap) scanner for everyday scanning -- like ordinary photos. Then later we will get something more expensive for specific uses. Right now we have no scanner at all -- good, bad, or indifferent.

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

I have a Canoscan 8600F and have never gotten it to scan in the negatives. By that I mean that when it comes to a certain point in the program, I don't have the proper option in the menu. I downloaded all the recent updates but still no luck. Reinstalled and downloaded again, still no luck so I gave up for time being! Anyone have that problem? It is a very nice scanner otherwise.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

No I don't, but that is very good info for me since I haven't bought one yet. Glad you like it other than the negative scanning. I gather that needs a somewhat different kind of machine to really work well. Have you tried it on slides? We have some slides we would like to be able to see and no longer have a slide projector that works.

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

No, haven't tried slides because of that glitch in my software. Thought I would try and get it worked out first!

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

I have a Canon scanner that came with an adaptor for slides and negatives. It worked great as I scanned many of my late father's slides. It was tedious but I never had a problem and the results were wonderful. The scanner is packed away right now and it's a few years old but I can try to put my hands on it this weekend if you wnat to know what model it is.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Thank you, this is great information. My DH really wants to have his slides copied to digital format.

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

I have an Epsonperfection 3200 scanner. It has film holders for slides, 4X5, 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 and 120/620. It has been good for anything I've wanted to scan, but this model is no doubt outdated by now.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Epson is supposed to be one of the best.

Dacula, GA(Zone 7b)

I have an HP Photosmart C7180 printer that also scans pictures, negatives and slides. I am pleased with it so far, but have only scanned a few slides. I bought is mainly as a printer/fax.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

How did it do on the slides you scanned? I am getting the feeling that regular color scans aren't so great for slides and negatives.

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

The Epson does slides well. One thing I learned was not to set it for the max dpi's. It takes a terribly long time to scan. I found talking to camera store folks was a big help, but I didn't have DG then.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

I have ordered an Epson, but don't know how it compares with your model. I ordered the V500. It has the holders for slides and negatives, but I was told it doesn't do a very good job. We will see because I have it on order. It hasn't shipped yet, though.

Chicago, IL

pajaritomt -

Compared to a dedicated slide/film scanner, it does suffer a bit, quality wise. But it is still very good. If you are only looking to scan casually, and are not intending to print larger than 8x10 prints from them, the V500 will be just fine.

Dacula, GA(Zone 7b)

The HP has a slide/negative holder which makes it easy to use. I haven't printed any of the ones I scanned yet. Here's one of roses that was taken as a slide in June 1977. Its pretty noisy in the darker regions. I don't know how true the color is. Its been too long. The color is pretty accurate to the slide color though.

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Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Thanks both of you. I have a feeling the V500 will do all we need it to do. beclu727, that print is pretty good. I suspect that would satisfy DH completely.

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

Just to update I got my scanner to working. It does a really nice job and I am thrilled to have finally figured out what I was doing wrong. All it took was checking out the troubleshooting area on their website. I had not noticed that beforehand.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Well, I ended up ordering the Epson V500 which I read several good things about. I think it will do slides if you aren't too picky about the quality. Purists would not like it, but I think my husband will. I ordered it from Adorama and it has arrived, but DH doesn't get it until Christmas. The price was very similar to the price of yours.

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

I would guess it will do a great job for him. This one of mine is probably 3 years old and like I said it works great. I use it of scanning charts in my work and for photos negatives now. I'm sure that the newer ones do an even better job. This one was bought for speed for my work, but when I need a new one, I will consider the negative/slide scanner necessary!

Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

I got an Epson 4180 photo scanner a couple of years ago. The main reason I chose that scanner is for the negative/slide scanning capabilities. My parents had 100s of slides that I wanted to convert. It works very very well for all types of scanning including the slide feature. It can scan 4 slides at a time.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the info. I am hoping mine will do as well.

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Well, I purchased the Epson Perfection V500 flatbed scanner because we often have a need to scan something in that is larger than a slide. My DH, whose Christmas present it was, is having a glorious time spending hours scanning in old photos and slides and is delighted with the outcome. It has far more resolution than our printer can print -- so next purchase will be more memory for the printer.
Couldn't have been a better present.

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