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Yo, I know there's some photonerds up in this joint, anyone know a good not too expensive film scanner?
Am I better to get a dedicated film scanner, or just a flatbed with film scanning capabilities?
I'm also in the market for one of these.. it'd be so much cheaper than getting the photo place to do it for me. I'd get more use out of a regular scanner, I think, but it'd have to be a good-quality one.
Get a proper film scanner, its way better. That said i have an epson which does flatbed scanning and negs but not medium format.
Currently using a Canoscan 8800F. It's a flatbed with a light lid, and I think is the only consumer scanner that'll handle medium format stuff naturally. (Or, rather, comes with frames for it, etc.)
It's worked pretty well for scanning negs and slides, thus far. Bit of tweaking required, but not a whole lot.
They're about $280, I think. Which, you know, is much better than the cost of something like a decent Nikon scanner or whatever.
that canoscan looks pretty good, does a bunch at once which would make the fact its a flatbed easier to deal with. And medium format, which is nice.
nah, it's not the only one. I've got an epson v500 and thats got a medium format frame too.
also does 12 35mm at a time. noice.
how fast is the v500?
I also have the 8800F, I need to learn how to use better though. I'm a bit frustrated with it at the moment.
I've been playing around with something like this recently:
I can't remember the actual brand but I think they're about $100 from Harvey Norman.
I've only used it for slides though, not negs. This is the type of quality you get.
Places like oo.com or catchoftheday often have those kind of neg scanners for sale for fuck-all, if that's yer speed, too.
aldi has a cheap neg scanner, can it be trusted?
As I understand it, those neg scanners are a bit touch and go.
The expensive ones ($1K+) have a focusing mechanism built in that the cheapies don't. I guess it's a case of individual results varying, but if a cheapie doesn't focus on the negs properly, you'll never get anything good from it.
thanks sjack. i had a flatbed hp photo scanner with the built in neg scanner and it was wonderful. until i moved and must have bumped it and it's now dead broke. and that was under $200 new.
depends on brand?
I'm guessing that all these cheapies are from the same factory, so I'm not really sure.
Aldi's returns policy is meant to be pretty good, so I guess there's no harm in checking one out and taking it back if it doesn't focus properly.
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