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Re: filmscanners: Silerfast questions

Insofar as comparing the Epsons (2) Agfa, and Microtek scanners I can be of
no help.  For me, for scanning film, I use the Nikon LS-30 filmscanner, and
I have the Epson 1200U flatbed for prints etc., rated at 1200 dpi and maybe
actually 1200dpi or not but it doesn't matter because I don't need 1200 dpi
for prints anyway - it does an excellent job.

As to Silverfast, they have a Silverfast SE available for many flatbeds
which I bought for $49.95.  It does not have all of the features available
in the full program of course, but it's much better than the Epson TWAIN.
On the other hand, I often find that Vuescan, designed for filmscanners,
does an admirable job on prints on the Epson flatbed even as compared to
Silverfast SE.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Perez" <patdperez@yahoo.com>
To: "Filmscanners" <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:22 PM
Subject: filmscanners: Silerfast questions

| Sometimes I feel as thick as a whale omelet. I am
| considering a few different flatbed scannes for use
| for scanning 120 film (6x6). I was thinking that
| Silverfast *might* be something I want to add to the
| equation. I looked at their website and noticed they
| charge vastly different prices depending on which
| scanner one owns. Can someone explain to me why this
| is, other than that they can?
| I am looking at the Epson 1640 SU Photo, the Epson
| Expression 1680, Agfa Arcus T1200, and Microtek 8700.
| I am concerned with Epson's 1640 really only resolving
| 800 dpi in practice (or so I have read) and would hope
| the more expensive models in the above list, though
| mostly rated at 1200, would result in better scans. I
| note the Agfa and Microtek have glass-free scanning
| for transparencies, so that *seems* a plus. In fact,
| the Microtek and Agfa seem like the same scanner.
| I am purely a hobbyist, but darn it, I'd like to be
| able to make scans suitable for big prints. That's why
| I'm shooting 6x6 now. I have no interest in a
| flatbed's capabilities with 35, as I am quite pleased
| with my Scan Elite, so that isn't a factor.
| Does anyone have any food for my thoughts?
| Thanks,
| Pat
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