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04-16-2001, 07:49 PM
Hmm im not sure exactly where this should be posted, but here is as good as any plcae.
I'm looking for a good scanner. Either fire wire or USB, that will also scan negatives. I could get a negative scanner, but they are expensive, and then I would need a second scanner for pics.
Anyone have ideas on where to look?
What to get?
04-16-2001, 08:18 PM
Give the Epson Perfection 1240U-Photo a look. It's a 42-bit color flatbed that hooks up via USB. The photo version comes with the transparency/negative adapter.
I have the older 1200U version and find it very fast, very accurate and surprisingly quiet.
04-16-2001, 09:29 PM
cool thnkas for the tip.
Does anyone have this scanner??
Has anyone used a transparency adapter?? Does ti scan negatives well?
Update: Looks like im gonna need a scanner that can do at least 2000dpi Epson 1200 only does 1200dpi
[Edited by cruelpupet on 04-16-2001 at 07:28 PM]
04-16-2001, 10:52 PM
whatever do you need 2000dpi for?? that seems like overkill to me
04-16-2001, 11:27 PM
2000 dpi is way overkill!
You have to realize that you won't be able to print anything close to that with any printer on the market nowadays. The only thing you're going to achieve is huge files with a 2000 dpi scan.
I don't remember the exact numbers, but it's something like 1:6 scan:print resolution. Meaning, if you scan at 50 dpi, you'll get great 300 dpi prints.
I personally have not used any negative scanners since I bought a digital camera, but unless you plan on printing huge blow-ups of something on some crazy printer, you won't even use anything higher than 300 dpi that I can think of.
If you have specialized needs, that might be different, but I think any consumer scanner (all around 1200 dpi) should be more than enough for you.
04-16-2001, 11:54 PM
I need the 2000dpi for scanning the negatives, at least thats what i think i need.
As fro printing I have a 2,000 color laser printer at my disposal, and my sister has access to a lot of hig quality hardware. Id have her scan my negatives, but she'd kill me if I asked her to scan all of em.
04-17-2001, 12:03 AM
I'm by no means an expert in the area of scanning negatives, so you'll have to excuse my questions.
Why do you think you need 2000 dpi scanning resolution to scan your negatives? From what I've read, I'm not sure what advantages you'd have in scanning your negatives at 2000 dpi. Even if you have access to a 2000 dpi color laser, from what I remember, you'd really only need to scan at around 400 dpi to take advantage of your printer.
The information I refer to deals mostly with scanning images though, rather than negatives. If you need something different to scan negatives, then I stand educated. :)
In any event, it looks like you are looking for more of a professional quality scanner than I have experience with, so I will have to sit by the rest of this conversation and learn from others that post here.
I wish you luck in your quest.
04-17-2001, 01:36 AM
yes, I am looking for something a little more professional than your average user. As for the 2000dpi, thats what my aunt (works in the field) suggested as a minimum. Also from what Ive seen/read the professional negative scanners are doing 4000 dpi.
But from further reading, I might not need the 2000, sice most of what I scan is going to be in B&W and posted on the web.
So far my decision is to get the EPSON 1640su PHOTO. Its a little better that the 1240 without a big price difference.
Oh and thanks fro the help!
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