Just starting out, need ideas for a good scanner.

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  1. sordidsentinel

    sordidsentinel TPF Noob!

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    I use a few older 35mm SLR cameras, (specifically a Pentax MZ-5 and K-1000), and, being tight enough on money to not be able to afford a nice digital SLR, I figure I will stick to film and buy a scanner. Any ideas? And which is the best editing software?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You can have your photos put on CD when you get them developed, it's usually only an extra buck or two.

    Check out this article http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/5220/bargain-bin-closeout-dslrs.html

    You can get a new (older model) DSLR for a few hundred dollars. You can probably get a used one for a song and dance.

    Sure, a cheap flat-bed scanner is less expensive...but you still have to buy the film and have it developed. Scanning film can be time consuming, boring and frustrating.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm very happy with my Epson V700.. but it falls into what mike mentioned. The cost of the V700 is practically the same as many DSLRs out there... it is time consuming... (I wouldn't say boring nor frustrating though). Mainly used for medium format negative scans.

    btw.. with some diligence, a DSLR can be had. I "found" one of mine for $150 at a pawn shop, A Samsung GX-1L (Pentax *ist DL2 equivalent). I have to say... the wide cost and availability of DSLRs both used and new is simply amazing...
     
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    Would you say a DSLR is better, in terms of picture quality? I am very fond of film photography, and really eager to exploit the nature of film in order to produce cool effects.
     
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    I am considering a used Pentax K10D. Thoughts?
     
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    Checkout the Canon EOS Rebel XTi :)
     
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