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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by silverbirch, Jun 30, 2008.

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  1. silverbirch

    silverbirch Thread Starter

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    hi,
    I ve got an average, run of the mill scanner
    it gives great results, but Ive noticed
    sometimes the skin tones come out a bit redder than
    I would like.

    Maybe the paper has something to do with this
    eg magazine or newspaper.

    Anyway, Im wondering, is there better equipment out
    there, maybe more professional.

    I want top quality scans, or as good as possible,
    If you re going to the trouble of scanning pics it s silly to accept second best.

    Looking at my scanner , its so basic, I can t even
    see a name on it

    The controls via scanner and camera wizard are very
    basic too with just colour and brightness to adjust

    on slideing scales.

    Surely there must be something better out there

    It would be interesting to get an opinion or
    advice from someone who is into scanning and getting
    top results

    thanks in advance
     
  2. K7M

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    HI
    I don't know how old your scanner is, but My old Microtek, that I have had for at least 10years was starting to give me color variations that I did not like. I simply replaced the lamp in the scanner. Mine happened to take a fluorescent tube. I checked the # on the lamp and was able to get one at a RV dealership. It was the same lamp used in camper lights. It cost me about $4.00.
     
  3. silverbirch

    silverbirch Thread Starter

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    thanks, never thought of that,
    its probably about 7 years old now,
    though can t think where I d get a new lamp

    might be easier just to buy a new scanner,
    but is there a range in quality ?
    or are they all the same but with differnt shaped
    cases ?
     
  4. Rich-M

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    Yeah the bulbs are really expensive and you don't know for sure that is your issue.
    Scanners like printers are way down in price and for $89-99 you can get a quality scanner that will blow away an old one by a lot now.
     
  5. K7M

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    There are a lot of them out there. I have the Microtek which is old but I like it and am used to it, and I have a Canon LIDE 90 that I use with my laptop. I bought the Canon because of price ($79.00 on sale), and none of the other scanners I had in my possesion were compatible with Vista. I like the software that came with it also.
    As far as your lamp, try one of the electrical wholesale houses, if it uses a lamp, just bring it with you.
     
  6. K7M

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    If you are on a tight budget the $4.00 lamp is better than $90.00 for a scanner though.
     
  7. Rich-M

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    The lamp is hardly $4.
     
  8. K7M

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    Well I know what I paid. My Microtek uses an 8watt fluorescent tube, not all that hard to find, Microtek wanted $12.00 for the same lamp plus shipping. I just checked, and where I bought one before, they went up to $6.00.
     
  9. Rich-M

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    Could be these prices have come way down as I remember 3 times that for an HP scanning bulb about 6 years ago.
     
  10. silverbirch

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    FUNNY thing is, I ve taken probably 1000 plus scans
    in the last 6 months, they were all pretty good quality,
    but looking at them now, many of the faces seem over red, any pic with orange in it seems to have problems
    so many pics look aweful and yet I know they were
    great when I scanned them.

    about 2 months ago I got a new comp and whizzed all the pics from my old comp into a hd usb, then from there into my new comp
    do you think that moving could have offset the files in some way ?

    I m having to go through them with a fast stone view
    a and clicking edit
    then enhance colours from the drop down menu
    this cures them, or brings them back to normality,
    but with 1000 plus pics, this is getting tedious.

    is there a batch method out there anywhere. ?

    This is a drag, when I know that the pics were once fine

    I thought it could have been my comp settings, but
    pics I ve got off the net lately look fine in the
    windows fax viewer

    After putting in so much work to get good quality scans in the first place, this is disappointing
    but thank God for fast stone, at least they are
    bringing aweful, over red pics back to some kind
    of normality
     
  11. brushmaster1

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    I think you've found the solution. It's much better to do color correction in an imaging program than with the scanner software; you have more control, and if you don't immediately get the results you want, you can undo and try again, rather than having to rescan...

    For more information, check out www.scantips.com
     
  12. silverbirch

    silverbirch Thread Starter

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    yes but why have the pics deteriorated ,
    when I scanned them , months ago, they were fine
    good colour balance etc, now many of them
    are looking like you ve tunred the red filter to No 10
    I ve just kept them in a folder in documents

    the only thing, as I said, was whizzing the over to
    the usb hard drive then into my new computor.
     
  13. Rich-M

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    I have seen that before where the old scanner really was not scanning pictures proerly but the only way to tell was looking at the scans on another system. I am an ex Pro Photographer and our website photograph samples were all messed up because of a bad scanner and old poor monitor and of course the partner scanning had no idea but all of us looking at it were shaking our heads as to why the colors were so off.
     
  14. silverbirch

    silverbirch Thread Starter

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    this gives you some idea of what Im up against

    [​IMG]

    remember, when I scanned that pic in
    prob 4 or 5 months ago, I was pleased with the result
    colour balance etc

    Now I ve changed computors everything has gone wrong
    Im still viewing with the same monitor
    why should the colour shift so much
    its as though I ve turned the red up to No 10 !
     
  15. Rich-M

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    I think that more represents what I am talking about in that new system and monitor is seeing it more as is than you originally saw it.
     
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