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Re: filmscanners: Primefilm 1800i



Tony wrote:

>AFAIK it is produced by Pacific Image who are a brand owned by Microtek,
>and I believe used for entry-level flatbed scanners which are sold at
>lower prices than Mtek.

FWIW, I just bought a Mtek flatbed for $50US (about as "entry level" as you 
can get), to fill in for my HP 6300C while I endlessly attempt to get it 
reliably serviced. It's "competent." Not as good as the higher-priced 
1200-squared HP, but at 1200x600ppi (effectively, 600ppi squared) it does an 
adequate job for uncritical photos. It has a density range that even brings 
up things that I didn't want in the first place! ;-)

If Pacific Image's 1800 matches the performance of Mtek's "lowball" flatbed, 
I'd suggest it probably has some merit as an entry level filmscanner. But 
don't expect to weasel through without some *major* retouching. If 
Time=Money, it might be better to spend more money up front, because Time is 
going to get you on the downside.

Best regards--LRA
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