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Melaka
3rd January 2012, 07:46 PM
My old flatbed slide scanner packed up before I had been able to finish scanning my 35mm slides. I've a perfectly good scanner for photos, documents etc so my need is for something that will do the remaining trannies.

Does anyone have a scanner they want to move on or can anyone recommend a suitable beast? Drivers seem to be a problem for older machines - I'm using W7 64 bit.

DerekW
3rd January 2012, 08:25 PM
Have you seen this thread

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=4179

snaarman
3rd January 2012, 08:25 PM
I have only use my flatbed for documents these days... Trannies and negs get scanned using a 4/3 camera, a flash and a macro lens. Yes, its the home made slide scanner :-)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/slide_rig1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11438)

Pete


edit: Great minds eh :-)

snaarman
3rd January 2012, 08:35 PM
Oh, a further thought: It says in that thread that I couldn't scan colour negs using the macro lens and flash approach. In fact I eventually found a method:

If you put a light blue filter over the flash it partly removes the effect of the orange mask on the colour negative. With a bit of further colour correction in ACR you can get quite reasonable results from negs as well. So, if you ever needed an excuse to buy a macro lens (rather than buying a scanner) well... :)

Melaka
3rd January 2012, 09:05 PM
Have you seen this thread

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=4179

I remember it well! However it's a bit beyond my technical expertise.

I suppose I'm looking either for a Nikon Coolscan that I can use and pass on or for a decent flatbed. The Epson V330 seems to get reasonable reviews but there also seem to be problems with red or black lines appearing on scans. Third party W7 drivers seem to be available for older kit but they cost a few bob in addition to whatever one has to pay for an old scanner.

The results must do justice to your screen!

David M
3rd January 2012, 11:40 PM
Reading the old thread, which Minolta scanner do you have Pete?

Sprocketdog23
4th January 2012, 12:22 AM
Maplin have a sale on and theres a slide scanner for 30.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/5mp-compact-film-and-slide-scanner-503038

snaarman
4th January 2012, 08:30 AM
Reading the old thread, which Minolta scanner do you have Pete?

Minolta Dimage Scan dual. SCSI interface *chr

P

David M
4th January 2012, 11:17 AM
Minolta Dimage Scan dual. SCSI interface *chr

P

Is that 2,800 p.p.i?

snaarman
4th January 2012, 12:07 PM
Is that 2,800 p.p.i?

?? I seem to remember it produced images about 3300 x 2200 from a 35mm slide if that helps

However: It was painfully slow and didn't cope well with dark images. I would get all sorts of lines and noise in the dark areas. Not good at all. Resolution wise, there wasn't a lot to chose between the Dimage and an E510 plus 50mm macro lens, however using your camera to image the slide is so much faster that it makes the difference between digitising your slides over the Winter using the camera, and giving up after three nights using the scanner...

The best part of the Dimage is that it donated the slide and neg carrier that I use in my home made contraption.

Pete

Edit. In retrospect, using a Pen in live view and the ZD50 on an adapter would probably be the optimum method. Use the lens in manual focus mode with focus assist the nail the focus on the slide grain. It's made for the job :-)

David M
4th January 2012, 11:00 PM
?? I seem to remember it produced images about 3300 x 2200 from a 35mm slide if that helps

Pete

Thanks Pete. I'm not sure which model it is either. I just wondered if it was the 5400 p.p.i. model.

I don't know anyone with the later 5400 p.p.i. model and I've often wondered if the increased resolution over my 4000 p.p.i. Canon made it worth looking for a used one.

OlyPaul
5th January 2012, 08:33 AM
I own a Nikon Coolscan V and can highly recommend it if you can find one second hand.

Also no need for forking out for third party software as you can get the Coolscan V and others to work on W7 64 bit like this.

http://axelriet.blogspot.com/2009/10/nikon-ls-40-ls-50-ls-5000-scanners-on.html

By the way I also use his Fast Picture Viewer 64 for viewing and culling Raw images straight from the memory card.:)

Melaka
5th January 2012, 05:44 PM
Thank you. There are a few Coolscan IV on eBay but they seem to go for 300+ which is a lot although I guess I'd recoup much of that on resale.

Sprocketdog23
5th January 2012, 08:14 PM
Another one to look for second hand is the Epson F-3200. I got one of these at a trade show, and it came with a full copy of SilverFast, which was probably worth more than the scanner. This film scanner is good at it's job, and will scan medium and large format as well as 35mm. If you can get one, make sure it comes with the Silverfast scanning software.