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Old 09-14-2005, 10:05 PM
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Question Do I need a new Scanner?

I am trying to decide if I need a new scanner. I am working on pictures for my family tree. Clearly many are old, circa 1900, and some are from the 70s.

I have an older scanner, a Canon CanoScan FB 630U

Here are the specs.

Scanner type: Flatbed, color and monochrome
Scanning element: Contact image sensor (CIS)
Light source: 3-color RGB LEDs
Optical scanning resolution: 600 x 1,200 dpi
Maximum resolution: 9,600 x 9,600 dpi
Scanning mode: 36-bit internal, 24-bit external color
Grayscale: 12-bit internal, 8-bit external; black and white; text enhanced
Document size: Letter (8.5 by 11.7 inches maximum)
Interface: USB


It says it will do 9600 X 9600, but I cannot imagine that one..

1. What is optical resolution versus "Maximum Resolution"?

2. Do I need something better for scanning older pictures? I am just not up on what is new with scanners, and what differences they will make.

3. If I do need a new one, what do you suggest as my budget is under $200.

Thanks a million for any advice.

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Old 09-14-2005, 11:02 PM
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"9600 X 9600" is marketing baloney. It's just resampling, which you can do on your own (if you'd ever need to). The optical resolution is the actual resolution, and for scanning old photos the scanner you have now is fine. You won't get any more than 600ppi off a print (even a new glossy print, old matte prints require even less). But scan in color mode, even if it's a b/w print.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:42 PM
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What kind of scanner do people here use?

I'm curious. I'm not @ home right now and don't remember the model name. The brand is Epson.

Which one do people here recommend for best quality and speed?
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:44 PM
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I'm curious. I'm not @ home right now and don't remember the model name. The brand is Epson.

Which one do people here recommend for best quality and speed?
For prints, or transparencies/negs?
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:44 PM
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Prints.

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For prints, or transparencies/negs?
Prints only.
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Old 09-26-2005, 11:19 PM
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Ok, sense we're taking scanners, and I'm looking to upgrade from my HP multifunction, what about scan lines? What do we look for in a scanner that'll tell us how smooth the scanned image will be?

I'm looking at the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo, which comes with Digital ICE. It's listed on the Epson web site at $249.99. I have seen it about $10.00 cheaper at regular retail.

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Old 09-27-2005, 04:24 AM
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Prints only.
If it's only prints, then pretty much any scanner will do, by a reputable manufacturer (Canon, Epson...) Higher end scanners with high DPI and other flash features are only of real use when scanning negs and slides. AS Doug has said, all a print holds is around 300dpi, so scanning more than about 600 is pointless.
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Old 09-27-2005, 05:02 PM
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I get the DPI thing for prints. What I'm concerned with are scan lines. My HP is a disaster! I will be working with slides and negatives in the future.
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:34 PM
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i really dont know about which is the best scanner or which can produce without scan lines. i'd suggest searching google and see if you cant find a shopping comparison site, one which reviews hardware independently.

for your future work in slides and negatives, i highly recommend a dedicated slide/negative scanner. most all of the normal flatbed scanners i've seen with slide/negative capability have done some sort of add-on-afterthought semi-combo thing which i wouldnt trust without some pretty good demonstrations.

Craig
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:55 PM
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Perhaps something like this or (even better) this would be affordable? Both are over your budget, but slide scanners are more expensive. These are new, but ebay has a lot of used deals.
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