Film Scanners

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  1. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    My PlusTec Opticscan 8200i can extract the grain out of my old Kodachrome 25 slides. Can a DSLR and macro lens do that?

    And that's 35mm. How much more detail are you surrendering to 'DSLR scanning' when you are working with medium and large format film?


     
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    I'm guessing you've not even tried it, right? Fill me in on all the upgrades Epson or any other scanner maker have made that involved sensors, OK? Seem to recall endless discussions about futzing around with film holders in hopes of finding where the scanner actually focused. Happy with results from a D7200 and my Micro Nikkors. Glad you like your Plustek but it's not the only club in the bag.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    What's to try? It's obvious a DSLR can't touch the resolution.
     
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    Resolution of what? Think you need to step out of the echo chamber.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Of........... the............ original.............. film................... image.
     
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    cgw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Scanners. We're talking scanners. Scanner resolution. Remember?
     
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    Well, we were. But then someone started a tangent about DSLRs.

    Hmmmm. I wonder who that was?
     
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    cgw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'd recommend revisiting the OP's concerns about scanning costs. He owns digital cameras. Get it? No matter if you don't. Point made.
     
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    Didn't mean to start an argument here. Both methods seem to be fraught with downsides. The dslr seems to require more post processing than the scanner. The scanner requires more time input than the DSLR fit initial conversion. No real answer here. Pretty sure I'm going to go with a scanner though. I do not have a 1:1 macro lens anyway.
     
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    You're right - it's really six of one and half a dozen of the other. There are issues with both methods and much of it will depend on how you prefer to work and what you want to get out of the scan. I personally have never had any issues focusing on the scan with my CanoScan. As for the time it takes - yes, at 2400 dpi, it can be slow, but it's not like you have to watch it or be involved in the process. Throw the strips into the holder, do any tweaking pre-scan that you'd like to do, start the scan, and then forget about it until it's done.
     
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    What are we talking, time wise, at 2400 per frame?
     
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    It really depends on the scanner.
     

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