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[filmscanners] 3 year wait



Thanks for the helpful advice, both on and off list.

When I submitted my question I think I was looking to assure myself that
4000dpi and 4.0 dmax would be enough to capture all information in handheld
shot photos on 100-400 film.

I've seen enough evidence to convince me that this is the case.

Any problematic photos could be rescanned at a later date, as someone
pointed out.

I still think I'm glad I waited for technology to progress to this stage
though. I first considered buying a scanner before the LS 2700 was released,
that would have been a big mistake. I once scanned 400 old family prints on
a 30 bit flatbed before realising that the scans were much better on a
scanner costing 100 more. I redid them as I wanted archival quality (which
to me means capturing as much information as is realistically possible). I
didn't want to make that mistake again.

I'm now confident that buying the Nikon 4000 will suit my needs at the
moment.

James

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Hello

I've been intending to buy a film scanner for 3 years now. I have a
collection of 3500+ consumer grade negatives (Kodak, Fuji, 100 - 400) and
this grows weekly. Should I buy a filmscanner now or should I wait even
longer for a better iteration of technology :-(

I want to scan the negatives once only as there are so many of them. So I
have to get it right first time. I am scanning for archival purposes, that
means getting every last bit of information out of the negatives.

I don't want to scan everything and find that in fact a 5000 dpi 4.0
scanner released later in the year resolves more detail in the film.
Should I just buy a Nikon 4000 ED or a Polariod 4000+ now?

I have everyhing else, the enormous PC, the file format (JPEG 2000) and the
CD writer.

Any advice appreciated
James

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