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    Medium format scanners

    Can any member advise on medium format scanning, as MF scanners are so costly I would appreciate any help. I do have a scanner for 35mm but I've just invested in a Fuji 690gsw111.

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    Hi Julian
    Many people favour the Epson flatbed scanners for this type of work as they are cheaper than dedicated MF film scanners. The new Epson V700 has just been launched and you can find a detailed review of it (and other Epsons) at http://www.photo-i.co.uk/

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    I have had great luck with my Epson 4870 for scanning all sizes of negs.


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    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    Slide or negative? I find the Epson 4870 OK for black and white and color negatives, but the density of Velvia shows its limitations. For small enlargements it is sharp enough. I would wait for the reviews to come in on the new Epson 700/750 scanners before buying flatbed.

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    Wait for the Epson V750

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    The nikon coolscan 9000 does an excellent job, not cheap though.

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    I have been using the Microtek ArtixScan 120tf with SilverFast software for three years with much success. I scan 35mm, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9. You could scan the 6x* panoramic format with not problem as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darr
    I have been using the Microtek ArtixScan 120tf with SilverFast software for three years with much success. I scan 35mm, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9. You could scan the 6x* panoramic format with not problem as well.
    I think this is the beast that I have, but mine is branded "Polaroid" and will take any size between 35mm and 5x4 at 2500. I brought it on Ebay (where else?) for about $500. The only problem I get is if I scan a 5x4 at full resolution, as it makes my computer creak a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
    I think this is the beast that I have, but mine is branded "Polaroid" and will take any size between 35mm and 5x4 at 2500.
    Wow, can you tell me a little more about this scanner? Brand name/model number? How do you insert film/frames? Will it scan multiple frames off of one strip? What kind of interface it has (USB/SCSI/FW)?

    I'd be really greatful, thanks.

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    It’s a Polaroid SprintScan 45 Ultra to give I it it’s full title. It has a SCSI connection and came with SilverFast software. It’s one draw back is that it will not accept film strips, only single negatives, not a problem with 5x4 of course. I guess it is primarily designed for slide scanning.
    Checkout: Scanner

    If the link fails, then do a google, or checkout the Polaroid site.
    Polaroid say they no longer make it.
    Regards Dave.

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