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Scanner Question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by Rollin_Again, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. Rollin_Again

    Rollin_Again Thread Starter

    Sep 4, 2003
    Has anyone in here ever used one of those scanners that has a built in feed for negatives? If so, could you please tell me the make of your scanners and your overall opinion of it (quality of pictures, ease of use, speed, etc.)

    I also would like some suggestions on scanners to buy. I have little experience with scanners and would like to scan Wedding pictures to be printed on a CANON i950 Photo Printer. What is the minimum resolution required to achieve high quality scans for printing. I tried a cheap HP scanner ( < $100) and the quality was terrible and the scans took forever.


  2. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    As far as I know all current film scanners have a feed mechanism. Some you have to put the film strip in a clip to feed it and others feed the film directly.

    Any decent film scanner with 2400 PPI or greater resolution will give a good 8 X 10. You get quality increase up to about 4000 PPI, but if you don’t plan on blowing anything up over 8 X 10 or cropping you won’t see much difference in the prints.

    You get what you pay for in film scanners. Besides resolution there is speed and features like Digital Ice to eliminate scratches and dust plus software to reduce grain. These are all film scanners and as far as I know have some sort of feed for negatives: http://www.imaging-resource.com/SCAN1.HTM

    The Minoltas are probably the best choice in the cheaper scanners. The Canon FS4000 is a bargain for the features and the Nikons are the pick of the litter if you are going first class.
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