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Re: filmscanners: flatbed scanners


Some random thoughts:

o In general, a cheap scanner will give you cheap results no matter 
what its specs.

o What's good enough for 35mm depends entirely on your needs.

o A scanner that truly does give you a real 2400 dpi, AND a true 
bit-depth of say 36 bits, AND actually does pull a lot of detail out 
of the shadows, AND has very little shadow noise can give you similar 
results to what you'd get from a reasonable 2400 dpi  filmscanner. 
The Agfa T2500 at $3,500 is such a flatbed.

o On the other hand you can get the $1,000 ScanMaker 8700 which is 
only rated at 1200 dpi but does a fine job producing web-size images, 
and can be used for decent 8 x 10 prints if your negative/slide isn't 
too difficult and your quality needs are not too demanding.

o However if you want to make big, fine art prints from 35mm 
originals I highly doubt that you'd get satisfactory scans from any 
flatbed that isn't way out of your price range.

o So what are your needs?


At 12:36 PM +1300 11/22/01, Ian Boag wrote:
>I'm running into people who earnestly tell me that the better grade
>flatbeds now do 2400 dpi and are therefore OK for 35mm negs & slides. A
>cursory search of specs leaves me quite confused. Can anyone clarify this?
>       Ian B


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