Old 12-05-2008, 03:33 AM   #1
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Anyone know a good scanner for scanning negatives or slides that is relatively inexpensive (i.e. around or under $300)? I have an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo, and it seemed adequate, but recently is scanning really, really soft slides (sharpening does very little in post-processing). The slides themselves are fine, so i'm wondering if something is a bit 'off'. Being that is is a few years old (probaly 6-7), i think it is worth looking into replacing it. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-05-2008, 04:50 AM   #2
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I have the Epson Perfection V500 (about $250) and am very pleased with it. Sharp scans, pretty fast and can scan up to 3600 I think. coems with trays for slides, negs, etc........... Check it out ....Lotta good reviews on it............
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:59 AM   #4
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You're better off sending the slides out to be scanned professionally, that is if you want a good scan. A good scanner costs several thousand dollars so unless you need to scan hundreds of slides, it's cheaper and (much!) easier to just have someone else do it.

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Old 12-05-2008, 05:03 AM   #5
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You're better off sending the slides out to be scanned professionally, that is if you want a good scan. A good scanner costs several thousand dollars so unless you need to scan hundreds of slides, it's cheaper and (much!) easier to just have someone else do it.



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You are right! I do!!! I guess I should read more than just the subject...

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Old 12-05-2008, 05:17 AM   #6
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You are right! I do!!! I guess I should read more than just the subject...

If anyone is wondering... a good antenna is as important as a good radio.
Chris........ I just heard that a good antenna is as important as a good radio............. FYI
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I have the Epson Perfection V500 (about $250) and am very pleased with it. Sharp scans, pretty fast and can scan up to 3600 I think. coems with trays for slides, negs, etc........... Check it out ....Lotta good reviews on it............
I have the V300 model, very sharp scans, perfect quality, and the best part was it only cost me $99. Not the highest resolution out there, but more than enough for what I use it for.
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I've heard good things about the Nikon Coolscan slide scanners. No personal experience with one yet (someday) but I've asked before on several forums and heard good feedback. They can be pricey, which is why I've resisted the urge this far, but I have about 9 years worth of K64 to scan so eventually I'll bite.
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I've heard good things about the Nikon Coolscan slide scanners. No personal experience with one yet (someday) but I've asked before on several forums and heard good feedback. They can be pricey, which is why I've resisted the urge this far, but I have about 9 years worth of K64 to scan so eventually I'll bite.
I also have heard they are good, but the operative word is 'slide'. That is all they can scan. For a few bucks more you can have a multi use scanner.
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Jack of all trades, master of none.

That said, from the Nikon website, the Coolscan V ED (cheapest one) can do the following out of the box except as noted:

Media: Negative and positives, in color and monochrome.
35mm slides: Slides with mounts 1.0-3.2mm thick, 49-50.8mm wide.
35mm film strips: 2-6 frames; strips of 1-6 frames can be scanned with the optional strip film holder FH-3.
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Jack of all trades, master of none.

That said, from the Nikon website, the Coolscan V ED (cheapest one) can do the following out of the box except as noted:

Media: Negative and positives, in color and monochrome.
35mm slides: Slides with mounts 1.0-3.2mm thick, 49-50.8mm wide.
35mm film strips: 2-6 frames; strips of 1-6 frames can be scanned with the optional strip film holder FH-3.
I stand corrected..............
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I should point out that all of the Nikon Coolscan models are great products. You will not go wrong buying one new or used.

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Satisfied user of a Nikon Coolscan V ED here Not the cheapest scanner on the market but worth every ($ for you lot over there ) for me. If you have a lot of stuff to scan then it will probably be worth investing in one.

Biggest plus point is that it removes almost all marks on the neg / slide, thereby saving hours of cloning - I previously owned a Minolta scanner which was very good, but had to spend ages cloning out all the marks and scratches which inevitably showed up on a scan.
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Another satisfied Coolscan user here.

I purchased a Coolscan 3 (LS30) off eBay a few years ago and apart from cleaning dust from the optics I have never had any trouble with it.

The use of Vuescan software is highly recommended the Nikon software was a pain to use.

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