/ Scanning Slides
I was looking through my boxes of slides and came across some pretty good stuff (IMHO) that I would like to scan.
My previous efforts have been OK (a few examples in my album) but I'm sure for a small outlay far better results could be achieved. I used an Epson V300 flatbed.
What would you suggest for a reasonable investment ? If anyone has something second-hand , I'm open to offers !
Yours for a tenner!
Thanks but I don't think it would be an improvement on my V300.
I would try to pick up one of the Nikon 35mm scanners second hand - I used to have the Coolscan IV and it was superb. When I upgraded to the medium-format version I sold it for about £250 on here, but there are usually a few on ebay.
I looked into this not long ago and Nikon don't make them anymore and spares or repairs were said to be problematic. Secondhand ones seemed to be pretty expensive too. In the end I got a Canon 900F which seems pretty good to me, much much better than my previous old Epson one... I don't know if it would be any better than the one the OP already has though.
This subject often comes up, doing a search would perhaps show other threads) but oddly there doesn't seem to be any obvious solution - too small a market probably, and not one that could grow.
This is way faster than a scanner and good enough quality for most purposes - I can always do a high resolution scan of the best photos using my scanner.
I looked at that one too but I couldn't persuade myself that I could justify spending the extra money - the Canon 9000F was about 140€ IIRC. I was tempted by the number of slides the Epson could take in one batch though.
What resolution do you generally scan slides at?
I use about 2000x1400 or 3000x2000 for stocking photos for speed and size, but it will go a lot higher for images I want to work on.
I have the same, and it is very good, but not fast. In choosing a scanner, don't get too hung up on resolution, instead search for the scanner with the biggest ability to capture light versus dark. DMax OD where 3.5 is acceptable, 4.0 is good & 4.5 is excellent as well as digital ICE as this will save you hours!
I previously had a Coolscan IV which broke down - the bill from Nikon for repair was breathtaking!
Think I'd sell mine for for that! Only used for 1 massive session spread over 3 months
Thanks for the suggestions and advice, I'll see what I can find on Ebay ! To be honest, for what I will do with resulting images, the Epson V300 is fine, but just SO slow. I've got 30 years worth of slides : hols, climbing, fishing, cycling and kids ! I haven't calculated exactly how many but it's certainly in thousands !
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