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Old Feb 19th, 2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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Question 35mm slide scanner recommendations

I will be embarking on a scanning extraviganza.
Roughly 1000 slides to scan.
Any recommendations on what scanner I need?
Any used scanners out there?
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well if it was me, i'd go to london drugs and pay them to do it. they'll give you a good high quality scan. it probably cost 150 bucks, but its better than sitting at home and taking an entire DAY to do it.
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I tend to agree if this is a one shot use as the qulaity will be outstanding.
But if you need a scanner anyway the the 4870 Epson would be the way to go for speed and quality.

Don't touch used and you don't need a dedicated slide scanner these days.



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Any recommendations in the GTA about shops that offer negative-scanning services?
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Old Feb 19th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #5
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Yes, lmnop, that was my next question.
Who in the GTA offers this service?
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http://www.torontoimageworks.com/digital/digital.html

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Old Feb 19th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #7
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Epson 4870

I have the same issue - many slides - wondering what to do with them. I have read a bit, and will probably settle on the 4870. I still use a SLR camera, and plan to only develop (but not print) film that I have shot. This way I can scan the negatives, and print as required.

This will be a slow project, so time is not too much of an issue. This will also give me a chance to throw out slides I am not happy with.
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Old Feb 20th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #8
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Slide Scanner

Two years ago I was in the same situation. I tried a flat bed scanner with a slide adapter, but was not pleased with the results. I bought a Minolta Dimage II and I am very pleased with it. It was $450 at the time and came with PhotoShop Elements software. Scanning is VERY labour intensive. It is very important to dust or clean finger prints from the slide or negative before scanning. Software can repair scratches and other damage to old negatives but again also very labour intensive. I have scanner a couple thousand slides and negatives over the last couple of years. I am still rescuing old negatives and slides family and friends.

A side note:
I recommened the Epson PictureMate 4X6 photo printer cost 40 cents a photo. If I need a larger print I take my digital files to the photo Lab.

With your own slide scanner, software, and printer you are in total control of your end product

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What is your experience with these labs in terms of cleaning up the negatives before scanning? e.g. dust.
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I use a Nikon 5000 with its vanilla ICE for non-Kodachrome, and a Nikon 9000 with ICE Advanced Pro for Kodachromes.

I've got two Epsons as well, and find them a bit soft for trannies. Not to mention, incredibly slow for this purpose. You'll be using ICE, and it's much faster on the Nikons.

Dust removal isn't usually an issue with slides and ICE. Exposure and colour correction, however, is another story. Slides can fade and shift quite dramatically. Have fun.

The 5000 holds its value quite well. Do your job, then dump it on Craigslist. For 1,000 pieces, I wouldn't bother with the feeder.
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