Whatever you buy, be sure that it features Digital ICE that will remove most
scratches, dust shadows, etc. during the scan of your slides. It does
lengthen the scan time considerably, but saves lots of touch-up work later.
I am only doing amateur, not professional, work but have been delighted with
the flatbed Epson Perfection V500 Photo that comes with lots of software
including Photoshop Elements for image correction and Abby FineReader for
scanning to documents. I use it for slides, negatives, and photos, and have
scanned over 6,000 objects over the last few years.
No doubt professionals will recommend, rightly so, a higher end scanner,
such as a drum, for highest quality, but for something like $200 the Epson
should be more than satisfactory.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
> Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:50 AM
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] 35mm slide scanner -- what's good these days?
> Hi All:
> This kinda relates to ARSC because I'm sure all of us have dabbled in
> multi-media at one point or
> I have a bunch of 35mm slides I'd like to digitize. They are all good
> condition and almost all are
> Kodachrome or whatever the film type was that holds color and doesn't
> fade. So they are vivid and
> not scratched or dirty, despite being 50-60 years old.
> Back the last time I thought about this, years ago, a Nikon scanner with
> an auto-feed mechanism cost
> a small fortune and took several minutes per slide (this was back in the
> early Pentium IV days). I
> have a faster computer now (Dell Precision Workstation T3400 with loads of
> memory and fast hard
> drives), and am wondering what the recommended hardware options are. I'm
> not wedded to Nikon, but I
> do want a solid scanner with an excellent auto-feed mechanism. I'd love to
> load in a few dozen
> slides and set-and-forget, with the scanner software writing some sort of
> non-lossy format (PSD,
> TIFF or something else). I'll then look at the results in my image-viewing
> software and decide which
> warrant further Photoshop work. Ideally, the scanner would be unlike my
> Epson large-format scanner
> in that it turns out a nicely contrasted/nicely-color-balanced image from
> the getgo and doesn't
> require Photoshop in most cases.
> I notice there are a variety of slide scanners on the market, varying
> widely in price. I don't have
> to go dirt-cheap, but I want value if I pay extra, not just a brand name.
> I need "good quality
> personal-use strength" not "industrial strength." Total project will be a
> few hundred slides, not
> thousands and not intending to use this thing every day for years.
> Recommendations appreciated. Thanks in advance!
> -- Tom Fine