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Okay, so I told my grandmother that I could scan some slides for her. I was able to borrow a slide scanner from the College of Graphic Design here on campus last semester, but the guy I dealt with is now gone. His replacement isn't quite as cool. Bummer.<br><br>I didn't figure it would be too much of a problem. I mean, a campus as big as LSU'smust have a slide scanner somewhere around that I could use, right?<br><br> Nope. I did find one, but the guy's charging four dollars a pop. I've got about twenty to do now, and my grandmother says she's got a lot more where those came from.<br><br>So... I've thought about maybe seeing if I could get one on the cheap off of Ebay, but I'm not really sure what to look for. I've found this one, but it seems a bit too good to be true. I also don't have a parallel port on either of my Macs, but I'm sure I could get an adapter. In fact, I think I do have one.<br><br>But is this thing any good? I'll want to be able to make 8x10 prints most likely, so I think that the 4800 DPI scanning should be good (600DPI at 800% enlargement, right?).<br><br>Any ideas?<br><br>
That doesn't look like a real slide scanner. Just a flatbed photo scanner with a slide adapter. And that probably won't work on Macs - it would take more than an adapter to get it to work.<br><br>Look for a scanner made to work with a Mac.<br><br>
It's complete BS.<br><br>First of all, NEVER go by the "high number" in DPI ratings. The scanner you linked to is only 400dpi, with interpolation (which muddies your image all to hell) up to 4800.<br><br>For scanning a slide to blow up to 8x10, you need a scanner that is rated at 1200dpi x 9600 dpi (which is a true 1200dpi scanner), and one that offers 48-bit color scanning (this will give you more colors to work with).<br><br>In general, desktop scanners never work well with slides, but some are much better than others. In particular, I've found Epsons and Agfa scanners to very good.<br><br>What you should look at is a true "slide scanner" – but they're quite expensive (cheapest I've seen is $600)<br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>In general, desktop scanners never work well with slides, but some are much better than others. In particular, I've found Epsons and Agfa scanners to very good.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Yeah, I know. I've never seen one that could compare to a real slide scanner. They're not even worth the effort.<br><br>Would this be more like it?<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>With 1800 dpi optical resolution, the PrimeFilm 1800u offers you the most economical way to digitize your 35mm slides and film strips. It offers true 36-bit scanning and is capable of distinguishing 68.7 billion distinctive colors. On every single scan, the 1800u captures up to 4.2 megapixels, which provides an impressive improvement in both shadow and highlight details. Even high-end digital cameras can't reach the same quality!<p><hr></blockquote><p>
Loc: The Wizard's Balcony
I've considered that. The problem is that she's got something like 100+ that she wants to do. At four dollars a pop, I would be getting pretty close to just buying one of the things.<br><br>I could buy one and then sell it on ebay when I get done, but I'd rather not do that.<br><br>I think I'll look around campus a bit more. Someone here is bound to have one.<br><br>
The PRIMEFILM 1800U you've seen on Ebay would be just the ticket for the job in hand. Just make sure you download the lastest driver from the Primefilm website. It has presets to get the best results from most of the popular film types. I've used this little desktop scanner with great results for two years. It also scans colour negatives and black and white film and is good for prints up to 10x8. I've also scanned some older family slides which although weren't 35mm, they did fit in the film carrier.<br><br>Good luck<br><br>
Loc: Yuba City, California
Take the slides to wal-mart. That would be the cheapest thing and you can get them put on a CD as well for about 25 dollars.<br><br>I had the Primefilm. I bought it at a photographers convention in L.A in 2001. It works as advertised. It's slow but it gets the job done. I don't think it's 48 bit either. For what your about to spend on the primefilm though, you could buy the Epson 2480 for 99 bucks, something like that anyway. My old 2400 did a fine job scanning negs and slides.<br><br>
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