Inexpensive scanners

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Jorge Oliveira, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. Jorge Oliveira

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    I like my final prints in 24x30 cm.
    My flatbed scanner is A4 size (correct lenght, but shorter width), so if I want to post a photo, I have to make a smaller copy also.

    I wonder if it's worthwhile to purchase one of the used, inexpensive (circa US$50) negative scanners that shows up on Ebay from time to time, just for B&W Internet postings.
    (for color I have an Coopix 2000, used mostly at parties, etc)

    Any suggestions or the really cheap ones are useless?

    Thanks,

    Jorge O
     
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    Oh, and i only use 35mm.
     
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    Forget buying a cheap film scanner. All that I have tried are truly junk. Use your coolpix and take a photo of the finished print. Adjust in PS to tweak it back to what it is supposed to look like.

    Brian
     
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    If you have a SCSI card, one of the better older 35mm film scanners is probably pretty cheap by now, like the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual (I), which I have or the comparable Nikon or Polaroid 35mm film scanner from about 4-5 years ago.
     
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    I agree with David about the scsi card scanners. I picked up a Minolta Dimage Scan Elite for ~$200 4 or 5 months ago. 2900 dpi and digital ice.
     
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    Anybody know how bad/good the Microtek ScanMaker 5900 is? I've heard some nice things about it.
     
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    Brian

    Thanks, that's a nice idea.
    Just did a quick and dirty test, and it's promissing.
    And if it doesn't go, I will look for a SCSI board for my PC...

    Thanks, guys

    Jorge O
     
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    I use a Epson 1640su flatbed with transparency adaptor for web scans and the occasional colour inkjet print. I can show you examples of 35mm ones (most of my online images will be 645)
     
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    Brian

    Take a look at the critique gallery - photo name is YOU!

    Thanks for the idea.

    This is a very old print (1971) and the neg was lost ))-:

    This print (and other 2) were made in Gekko paper and I don't know what went wrong - but they lost contrast and have a yellow/green tone...

    So I've refixed them (dunno if it helps), rewashed throughly and stuck it, wet in a wall.

    Placed the Coolpix in a tripod, enhanced it a bit (I don't have PS) et voila!
    It looks better than the original.

    Jorge O
    :smile:
     
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    hi jorge:

    i have been using a umax 2100 u with the transparency adapter for 4 years. lots of folks dis-
    the scanner, but seems to work okay, haven't hd any problems ( knock wood!) every once in a while i do a search with google to see if anyone is still selling it, and once in a while it is still for sale for about $50 usd, the adapter is large enough to scan 4x5 ... and we got ours for $100usd ..
    it isnt' a rolls royce, but it ain't a yugo either :smile:

    -john
     
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    I have an Acer Scanpremio ST as my flatbed scanner and it came with the scsi card. I think it cost me ~$100