Scannin Devices, are they any good?

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  1. kayliana

    kayliana TPF Noob!

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    We have tons of negatives, and I thought that a good Christmas present for my Mom would be one of those devices they sell at kohls. Does anyone have one? I'm not sure if they are worth it. Thanks!
     
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    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What are you referring to? Link?
     
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    Some are and some are not so hot. It's the usual situation, you usually get what you pay for. If you don't need super quality, just want to scan some negatives to your computer, most will work fairly well regardless of price.

    J.:mrgreen:
     
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    At home scanning is NOT for doing tons and tons of negatives, you're better off sending them away to a professional lab.
     
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    My dad bought a scanner that scans negatives. He loved it. Put a TON of photos on his iMac. I have no idea what it is though, just that it worked great and he liked it a lot.
     
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    First off a disclaimer... I work for Plustek. We are a scanner manufacturer that manufactures and sells 35mm slide and film scanners and other scanners as well.

    Scanners like the ION are ok if you just want to scan a few slides for viewing on line or on your PC. These scanners are basically a 5MP, fixed focus, digital camera in fixed mount. They are very simple to use and can be "good enough" for many people.

    However, if image quality is important, or you want to print some of the slides, look for at least a 7200 dpi scanner that does multi-exposure and has infrared and software dust and scratch removal. The ability to calibrate the scanner is also a nice feature.

    You may also want to check out Lasersoft SilverFast. This is the defacto standard for film and slide scanning software.

    Like most other things in photography, which scanner you choose depends on what is "good enough" for you and how much control you want over your final images.

    PM me if you want more info.
     
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    We have an old canon with some film slides hooked up to a G5. Works like a charm.
     
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    I too have an old Canon. Works beautifly for my needs and even better than the $200 USD I paid for it, it's a Canon FS 2710 35mm/APS dedicated scanner. You can find satisfactory name brand scanning equipment on E-bay or possibly B&H. Don't be afraid to explore possibilities.
     

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