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Re: filmscanners: New film scanner - buying suggestions?

I would look at scanners with "Digital ICE" or other dust and scratch
removal features - e.g. the Nikons, some of the Minoltas, the Acer 2740, and
I believe Polaroid.  It must have an IR (infrared) channel to do this.

Especially with your old negatives you will find it very helpful and it will
save you a lot of time.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Otway" <mark@otway.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 3:15 AM
Subject: filmscanners: New film scanner - buying suggestions?

| Hi there,
| I'm not sure if this list is particularly active, but I thought I'd
| join/post my question anyway...
| I'm currently looking to buy a 35mm negative/film scanner. My primary
| requirements are:
| 1. To digitally aquire photos for use on the web
| 2. To store hi-res copies of my photographs on CD as a 'backup' of the
| paper prints I have at home - in case the worst should happen and my
| photos get damaged.
| I don't need a mega-high quality scanner, but what I do want is one
| which is fairly intelligent and can support simple batch scanning - I
| take quite a lot of photos, and have loads of old ones I'd like to scan
| (litterally hundreds) so ideally I'd like to be able to bung a pile of
| negative strips into a 'hopper' and let the machine work away on them. I
| don't know if this is possible, particularly without spending a fortune
| (my budget is limited at around 300 pounds sterling, excluding VAT).
| So far, it seems that the HP Photosmart S20 might be good (although it
| doesn't seem to have particularly good batch facilities) and the Minolta
| Dual Scan series looks quite good too - if a little pricey.
| Can anyone give me any recommendations, or any ideas for other things to
| consider?
| Thanks
| Mark Otway


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