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    Let's face it, as much as we love film and the darkroom, it's sometimes necessary to scan slides or negatives, or prints. You can't show anything on the Internet without doing this. MF film scanners are impossibly out of my reach, but from what I can tell, an Epson 3170 flatbed might be a good choice, pricewise, for scanning both film and darkroom prints. Anyone have practical experience with it?

    I don't care about whether I can then make prints from the scans, as I don't intend to use it for that.

    While I had a Canoscan 8000F before I sold it in favour of getting a Minolta Scan Dual III film scanner a while back, I thought that flatbed did a pretty decent job, even with 35mm film.

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    Thanks Aggie. I will have a look at your photos. My understanding is that the 3170 is virtually the same scanner as the 3200 in terms of the actual scanning. Huge difference in price here in Canada though. The 3200 is over $600 Cdn.

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    Don't get the Epson 2450 it really sucks for negs. Works fine for prints but can't seem to handle the range of information inside a neg.
    Stop trying to get into my mind, There is nothing there!

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    As a general rule, the bigger the negative the lesser critical the scanner is.
    For 8x10, even a cheap 600 dpi scanner is ample enough for Internet posting.

    For MF (6x6, 6x7), I would go for a 1200 dpi.

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    I've had good luck with Mictotek scanners.
    hi!

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    Aggie:

    How do you scan the 8x10 negs on the 3200? I was interested in getting one but it looks as if the transparency hood only illuminates up to 5 inches wide. I've only seen pictures of it on the net though, not in person. Thanks for any info you can offer.
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    I've had the 3200 for a few months and I'm happy with my scans. All the images I've posted in the gallery in the past two weeks have been scanned on it.

    With regard to scanning 8 x 10 negatives, ypu would scan on reflective setting with the hood cover in place, the scan would be in negative which is easily converted in Photoshop.

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    Les, Have you ever tried with the 2450? Also scanning in Neg mode then converting in photshop?
    Stop trying to get into my mind, There is nothing there!

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    have you looked at www.publishingperfection.com

    they have refurbished Minolta Multi-scan medium format neg/slide scanners for $299 or $399 (depends whether you want ROC/GEM or not).

    It's where I purchased my minolta scan elite and it still works great.
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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