Re: Re: Scanner problems

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Posted by CompuDude on April 07, 2006 at 11:06:48:

In Reply to: Re: Scanner problems posted by Eric S on April 07, 2006 at 09:39:47:

You're using a cheap scanner ($100 at Amazon), which will do very nicely with prints and general scanners, but scanning slides is a lot trickier than it seems due to focus issues, backlighting, and a host of other reasons. (think about it... because of the slide frame, the film itself is not pressed solidly against the glass. Millimeters count. The backlighting has to be perfect. lots of things)

If you're serious about this, and you want good scans of slides, and plan to do it often enough, you're going to want an actual dedicated slide scanner. They generally start at $300 or so, and go up dramatically from there, if memory serves.

Go to a desktop publishing house and spend a few bucks renting time on a really good slide scanner. It won't cost much, but it will show you how dramatically different it is to use the right tools for the job. Then start looking into a low end slide scanner. (Or if it's important enough to you, and mid- to high-end slide scanner)

Yes, I do this for a living. (Computers in general, not slide scanning... but I've done it.)

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