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[filmscanners] RE: New to scanning PrimeFilm 1800AFL



The other new PrimeFilm is PrimeFilm 1800AFL < 200 - which can also
scan roll film.

http://www.megapixels.co.uk/merchant/Film_Scanners.htm

Chris Street


> -----Original Message-----
> From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Arthur
> Entlich
> Sent: 08 March 2002 04:23
> To: chris@street56.fsbusiness.co.uk
> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: New to scanning
> 
> I have owned two of these scanners, but have seen samples of most
> from
> people who own them.
> 
>  > Acer ScanWit 2720S
> 
> A good value for the quality of the product.  Fairly sharp, well over
> what you need for your applications.  Some people have had
> interfacing
> problems with the SCSI used  by Acer.  Claims 2700 ppi resolution.
> 
> If you have problems with dust and scratches, consider the 2740S
> which
> includes a IR channel and dICE software which removes dust and
> scratches, but requires a second scan, doubling the time it takes.
> 
>  > Canon FS2710
> 
> Also a reasonable scanner.  Tends to have more noise in the shadows
> than
> some.  Stay away from it's older brother, the FS2700, which was a
> disaster. Again, uses a SCSI interface. Claims 2700 ppi resolution.
> 
>  > HP S20
> 
> Some problems with quality control, and the whole design, which
> allows
> you to scan up to 4x6" prints at 300 (pretty useless if you even own
> a
> cheap flatbed) makes it more vulnerable to breakdowns and failures.
> When I was using it, it had problems with reproducing Caucasian flesh
> tones, but they have updated the software.  Claims 2400 ppi
> resolution,
> but is considerably less.  Shadows are noisy.  Uses a USB interface.
> 
> 
>  > Minolta Dimage Scan Dual 2
> 
> Overall a good unit.  Some shadow noise, which can be reduced with
> use
> of Vuescan software (an addition $40 US expense).  Emphasizes dust,
> dirt
> and scratches, but fairly sharp.  The film carrier transport is
> pretty
> noisy (to the ears, not eyes), and the motorized manual focusing is a
> bit finicky, also has autofocus.
> 
> There have been quality control problems with this scanner (I've been
> through two and need to replace the last one, too)  Make sure you
> have
> an easy way to exchange the unit until you get a good one.  Main
> problems are either bad CCD elements or dirt within the system that
> develops some elements not responding properly.  Has a claimed
> resolution of 2820 ppi. Fairly fast scanning.  Uses USB interface.
> Software provided is good except for the problems with green shadow
> noise which is resolved with Vuescan.  Slide carrier is a pain to
> load
> and unload without getting fingerprints on the image.
> 
>  > Jessops 3600 Pro
> 
> I just looked at PacificImage Electronics' website (www.scanace.com)
> who
> makes the Primefilm 1800U (discussed below) and it seems they have
> two
> new scanners out.  One is called the PF 3600PRO, which I suspect is
> the
> "Jessops 3600 PRO".  I have no info on this, but overall Pacific
> Images
> products are reasonably built.
> 
> In summary, in my opinion, if you keep you images in fairly good
> condition (regarding dust and scratches) and you don't plan on using
> the
> scanner for production of larger images or for final electronic files
> for publications, then the Acer Scanwit FS2710 is more than you need.
> In fact, for your needs, an even less expensive alternative might be
> the
> Primefilm 1800U, which is an 1800 dpi clamshell design, with a USB
> connection, which requires manual insertion of the film/slide.  It
> may
> sell by a different name in the UK.  It is made by a division of
> Microtek (Pacific Image), who also makes the Kodak RF3600, the new
> Jessops PF3600PRO, and the new PrimeFilm 1800AFL USB which is also a
> 1800 ppi model.  I have yet to see the new Primefilm models at work,
> but
> they look interesting.
> 
> Art
> 
> 
> Simon Whaley wrote:
> 
> > Hi
> >
> > I'm considering purchasing a film scanner to enable me to transfer
> 35mm
> > colour transparency images onto my PC.  As a Freelance Writer, I am
> > interested in being able to email a magazine editor with sample
> pictures or
> > print out a reduced size image (say about 2 inches square) and send
> by snail
> > mail - just to illustrate to an editor the type of pictures I have
> > available.  I am not looking to reproduce my transparencies in
> great detail
> > (A4  or A3 size for instance).  I have a budget of about 350 and
> am
> > considering the following:-
> >
> > Acer ScanWit 2720S
> > Canon FS2710
> > HP S20
> > Minolta Dimage Scan Dual 2
> > Jessops 3600 Pro
> >
> > I would be interested in your comments and any scanners not on this
> list.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > S Whaley
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> 
> 
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