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[filmscanners] RE: Making contact sheets on a flatbed scanner



I agree that a cheap contact-sheet scanner would probably sell well, both
here in the USA and wherever photographers are born. 600ppi would be good
enough for scanning prints and good for scanning contact sheets.

FWIW, on the Epson refurbished equipment site, I did find a refurbished
tabloid-sized scanner and (separately) the transparency attachment for a
total price of somewhere around $200, in case anybody is looking for what
now amounts to a cheap contact-sheet scanner. (By then, I had already
ordered a 2450 as a compromise film/contact sheet scanner myself.)

- David

-----Original Message-----
From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
[mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of
TonySleep@halftone.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 6:46 AM
To: david_bookbinder@sprynet.com
Subject: [filmscanners] Re: Making contact sheets on a flatbed scanner


On Fri, 8 Mar 2002 10:13:25 -0700  Bill Fernandez
(bill_sub@billfernandez.com) wrote:

> Microtek makes a number of scanners with an 8 x 10 transparency bed,
> and will scan negatives and do the inversion and orange mask removal
> for you,  but the transparency bed is on a tray inside the scanner so
> you can't leave the negs in their acetate sleeves.

They do indeed, and I've seen printed scans of 5x4 from the 8700 which were
 excellent. However I want to be able to use the top half of a Paterson
35mm contact frame in the drawer, as it has plastic grippers which overlap
adjacent strips and gets 6x strips of 6negs onto a 10x8" sheet. However
I've been unable to find out whether the 8700 (or any other) will cope with
the 6mm or so thickness of the frame+glass sandwich.

However the 8700 is 680GBP, so OTT anyway. As are all scanners I've found
capable of >5x4 transparency scanning.

I keep saying this : if some mfr would make a dedicated low-res (600ppi)
contact printing scanner, capable of 6 strips on 10x8, or 4 @3 6x6 etc,
they'd sell shedloads if the price was reasonable - say $300US. Nobody
needs wonderful quality contacts, just reasonable colour and capable of 2x
enlargement. David??! I'd buy one tomorrow!

Regards

Tony Sleep
http://www.halftone.co.uk - Online portfolio & exhibit; + film scanner info
& comparisons
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