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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