Need high-speed photo scanner


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Sep 10, 2010
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I have about 10 years worth of photo prints, ... 60% 4"x6", 25% 3"x5", 15% other. I need a fast photo scanner. A good quality scan from my HP OfficeJet 8500 takes about 90 seconds, not including time required to place & remove the photo from the scanner flatbed. Ideal scanner would have a photo feeder where I just slip the photo into its grips and a scan takes place in less than 30 seconds. I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, which is fast, but quality, because of protective carrier sheet, is less that what I get on my HP scanner. Any recommendations?

If what I want doesn't exist then what is next best? High quality & quick speed are important.

With a flatbed scanner, you can scan more than one print at a time, if they will fit onto the bed. Then it's up to you & the software to crop them back into individual images, if you want to.

You might try setting up a copy stand with a digital camera. Mount the camera facing down and set up nice even lighting. Then just place the photo into position and snap the shot.
I actually did just that at the office a few months ago when we were required to submit digital copies of all our printed photos. I set up our 600D camera on a tripod and let it point straight down where I place 4 pictures at at time. The resulting digital copies are better than those we actually scanned. And it's a lot faster than scanning.

As for scanners, I still think a scanner with an automatic feeder is way better than a flatbed because you can leave it unattended while it does its thing. :)

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