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Old 07-06-2015, 04:13 PM
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recommendations on a new scanner

Hi, I'm doing some work on a documentary and am looking for recommendations on a professional scanner. I will be scanning archival photos and slides. I have an epson perfection v500 scanner. It seems to do a decent job scanning photos but gets pretty bad results scanning 35 millimeter slides. Can you recommend a professional scanner? Can I get as good results from a professional "home scanner" as I would get from a commercial lob? Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:39 PM
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Re: recommendations on a new scanner

I've heard good things about the Epson with Digital ICE.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:52 AM
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Re: recommendations on a new scanner

For a smaller film format like 35 mm AND the fact it is on slide film, you may want to invest in a dedicated film scanner. Many slide films are really dense so they need the extra concentrated light source of a good dedicated film scanner to "see" into the denser areas of the film. You might call B&H and ask for their scanner specialist to see what he recommends these days.

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Old 07-07-2015, 01:30 PM
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Re: recommendations on a new scanner

You aren't going to like this. Even with Scitex or drum scans, slides tend to require much more color correction than prints. You won't get around that step. If it's just a matter of sharpness where they look sharp through a loop yet break up quickly on the scan, look at whether grain is resolved. It's a reasonable measure of sharpness. I don't mean scanner noise, specifically grain.

There aren't many dedicated film scanners out there anymore, and I haven't tested recent ones. All of the older ones are basically gone at this point. Don't buy an old one used unless it's an incredible deal, because you probably have no channels for support or repair service.

Lastly if you're having trouble with slides, then you should regard negatives as a non-option. They're much worse.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:54 PM
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The problem with the Epson v500 is probably that the resolution not optimum for either side or negative - having said that I have had acceptable results from both - just.

True resolving power is far below the maximum optical resolution according to the manufacturer. In the case of th v500 about 1500 spi achievable the v750 increasing to around 2300 spi. Nikon coolscan gets close to its claimed 4000 spi. But these scanners can only be had 2nd user and command silly prices (imho).

The market seems very limited with two main players (assuming Imacon out of the question) leaving Plustek and Reflecta in the running. No personal experience but the Reflecta Pro scan sounds like a possible contender, at least on paper close to Nikon Coolscan specs

http://www.filmscanner.info/en/ReflectaProScan10T.html

A pro scanner for those with deep pockets http://www.adorama.com/imafx5.html

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Old 07-07-2015, 03:36 PM
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Thank you everyone for your responses. Very helpful and I will keep it in mind.

The client has told me that the results I get scanning physical photos with the v500 look good enough for an independent documentary after I retouch them, color correct and apply sharpening. Tony thanks for making me aware of the differences between the v500 and v750.

I'll have to work something out for the slides and am going to check out the options that everyone presented.
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:53 PM
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The problem with the Epson v500 is probably that the resolution not optimum for either side or negative - having said that I have had acceptable results from both - just.

True resolving power is far below the maximum optical resolution according to the manufacturer. In the case of th v500 about 1500 spi achievable the v750 increasing to around 2300 spi. Nikon coolscan gets close to its claimed 4000 spi. But these scanners can only be had 2nd user and command silly prices (imho).

The market seems very limited with two main players (assuming Imacon out of the question) leaving Plustek and Reflecta in the running. No personal experience but the Reflecta Pro scan sounds like a possible contender, at least on paper close to Nikon Coolscan specs

http://www.filmscanner.info/en/ReflectaProScan10T.html

A pro scanner for those with deep pockets http://www.adorama.com/imafx5.html
Tony, what is spi, I'm not sure what that means? Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:56 PM
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Re: recommendations on a new scanner

http://nancyscans.com

You can't come close with some cheesy little thing on your desk.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:27 AM
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http://nancyscans.com

You can't come close with some cheesy little thing on your desk.
He is probably aware of that. Depending on the purpose and number of scans required, drum scans may be extremely cost prohibitive.

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True resolving power is far below the maximum optical resolution according to the manufacturer. In the case of th v500 about 1500 spi achievable the v750 increasing to around 2300 spi. Nikon coolscan gets close to its claimed 4000 spi. But these scanners can only be had 2nd user and command silly prices (imho).
The reflecta might be decent for what it is. I'm not sure. I would avoid the Nikon, because they are unsupported at this point. You won't receive support, software updates for their native scanning software, or repair services. That makes it impractical. Their asking prices might be insane, but I don't know how many people actually buy them at this point.
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:27 AM
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Tony, what is spi, I'm not sure what that means? Thanks.
It may be just me being pedantic but I was taught this is more accurate than using the catch all DPI
SPI - Samples Per Inch: Describes input samples per inch of source material made by a scanner

As to avoiding Nikon due to lack of support it can be argued that although Nikon no longer offer this it is not needed! Software form Vuescan and Silverfast is available (probably better than Nikons own). Repairers are still around that handle old imaging products. When I was considering a Coolscan and following examples on EBay they all sold at very high prices. Perhaps this is no longer the case and a bargain can be had?

There is also the method of copying the original using a DSLR with a macro lens that can achieve greater than 1:1. By copying sections of the slide and stitching potentially better resolution can be achieved than even a drum scanner. A little cumbersome maybe but could be an option to consider if you already own a good DSLR?
http://petapixel.com/2012/12/24/how-...nd-macro-lens/
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