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What Film Scanner to Buy

 
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bforcade



Joined: 21 Jun 2002
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2002 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to buy a flatbed scanner for general purposes, but would like to consider a model that will allow me to scan 4x5 sheet film (color and B&W). I'm looking at less expensive models (under $500). Can anyone recommend an inexpensive scanner the will do both sheet film and regular paper copying? Obviously, I want the highest film copy quality at the lowest price. Any Suggestions?
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2002 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EPSON 2450 PHOTO; EPSON 1650 PHOTO; EPSON 1640su PHOTO if you can find one.

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Henry



Joined: 09 May 2001
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Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2002 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also check recent issues of Shutterbug magazine. They've reviewed a number of flatbeds in the last year. They also have a website. Their usual reviewer for digital equipment is David Brooks, who is quite knowledgeable.

I'm using an Epson 1600 Expression with firewire hookup into a PowerMac G4. Quite happy with my set-up. The 1600 is not the current model, though, and it was pricey---over $1 grand. Prices seem to be coming down now.

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GregStaab



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2002 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

check out the Acer Scan Prisa 1240UT it's one of the least expensive available with a transparancy adapter and it works great.
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Daryl J



Joined: 11 Oct 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2002 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently purchased the Epson 2450 Photo through B&H (about $380). It comes complete with lighted lid and film holders for 35mm, 120 (any format), and 4X5 sheets. Check B&H or Epson's web sites for lots of detailed info. The results have been very promising because the 2450 has a real resolution of 2400X4800 dpi (which can generate some big files from 4X5 negs.)
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