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Old 10-13-2007, 11:27 AM
useyourhead useyourhead is offline
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Am I getting the best scan?

Wonderful web site. Thank you!

Goal - scanning all old family photos and slides and negatives.

I'm drowning in information here and need expert advice.

Can't settle on a scanner. Need advice on whether to keep Epson 4490 and return HP 4050; or start over and splurge on Epson 740V.

1. Epson 4490:
Currently using Epson 4490 Photo
(bought yesterday for $100 – lists at $250.),1895,1865046,00.asp

2. HP 4050:
Have an "unopened" HP 4050 - but I've heard the software is very clunky.
Key feature – six color scanning.
(bought for $200 – but might return.),1895,2078040,00.asp

3. Epson 740V:
Have heard the very best scanner is an Epson 740V
Key feature - Maximum Optical Resolution: 6400 pixels
(least expensive is over $400.),1895,1931744,00.asp

Looking forward to your comments.

Sincerely, UseYourHead
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Old 10-14-2007, 01:25 PM
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Re: Am I getting the best scan?

moving this thread to category "hardware" in forum. Sorry. I'm new to this web site.
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Old 10-14-2007, 01:33 PM
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Re: Am I getting the best scan?

Hello - answering my own question here. Disappointed I didn't get any help from community.

I searched and got the following link.

Looks like the Epson 4490 should be good enough for scanning my old family photos.

Never got an answer about the Epson 740V.

Hope I get more response in future.

I think LOTS of people have questions about which scanner to buy.
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Old 10-14-2007, 05:30 PM
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Re: Am I getting the best scan?

Scanning old photos honestly doesn't take much of a scanner. You're right that the software can be important, though. The important part is to look at the histogram from a typical scan. It should taper off on both ends, meaning you've gotten all the data from the original. Beyond that it's up to personal taste. My own preference is to turn off all scanner automatic adjustments and scan at 600ppi, 16bits/channel, RGB.
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:17 PM
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Re: Am I getting the best scan?


If you are still seeking info about scanners, try this site that not only explains how to select a scanner, but also has a list of scanner recommendations. For scanner software, check VueScan --- it gets good marks.

good luck

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Old 10-15-2007, 03:43 AM
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Re: Am I getting the best scan?

You can not really go wrong with epson scanners,one thing to watch for is the Dmax of the scanner the higher the better.Also depends on what your scanning,mostly photos? or slides and negatives.Negs and slides need a higher Dmax than photographs,like a Dmax of 4 otherwise when you scan you get clipping in the shadows or highlights more likely the shadows.
For actual photos a Dmax of 3 should be fine

Hope this helps zganie
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