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I am in need of a scanner
Old 01-01-2005, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have not had much luck getting quality scans from local photo labs so I am in the market for a scanner. Can anyone make some suggests. If you can post some images generated by the suggested scanner, that would be apprieciated. I am looking for something that scans medium format films.

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Re: I am in need of a scanner
Old 01-01-2005, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you be more specific about your needs? Size, budget, etc. I just recently went in on a two week rental of the top of the line Imacon. Holy smokes!!!! One kick-ass scanner but who has $20,000?
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Re: I am in need of a scanner
Old 01-01-2005, 12:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alvin

A medium format film scanner is still an expensive proposition. The last time I checked they were still $2,000 or more.

Most people use a flatbed with a transparency adapter for medium and large format film. I have a Microtek and it's not been a bad choice.

Here's a 4x5 transparency that I scanned with the Microtek. Data on the image: Provia 100F sheet film shot with a Graphic View II using a Nikkor 210mm lens.

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Re: I am in need of a scanner
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I went with an older Kodak RFS 3570 scanner which handles 35mm and medium format. You can typically find them on eBay at a pretty low cost -- particularly considering they originally went for something in the neighborhood of $15,000. I got mine as a paired lot and gave $850 for them. The downside is that you'll also have to get a specific SCSII card that will add $200 more to your cost and then tinker with it some to get it up and running. But that's the route I took and am pretty happy with the results. Good luck with it.

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Hi,

it just so happens that I have an Epson 4870 Pro for sale. I was gonna put it on eBay in aweek or so. It scans Med Format, 35mm slides/negs, and positives. I bought it last summer to scan a bunch of negs and pics I had. Great scanner, worked great for me. If you are interested I am asking $475 plus shipping(cost $600 new). Has all the original software, boxes, etc. Like new condition. Check out my portfolio, all images were scanned with this scanner.
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Old 01-01-2005, 10:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a Kodak RFS 3570 for sale like new
FOR SALE
The kodak RFS 3570 film scanner
is your key to increased
productivity and high quality
imaging. The 3570 is capable of
delivering full size 18MB scans in
under a minute, and 4.6MB scans
in about 15 seconds. The speed of
the 3570 is as good as it's ability
to deliver rich color and fine detail. 36 bit color depths
give you amazing gamut, color, and contrast. The 3570
can scan a number of film formats in both monochrome
and color, positive or negative. All scanning functions
are handled internally reducing processor overhead on
your computer, and delivering fast previews often in
seconds.
Resolution
• 18 MB Images in
about a minute
• Automatic Color
Correction
• Automatic
Calibration
• PC or Mac
Compatible
• 36 Bit Color Depth (12 bit
per primary)
• SCSI Interface
• Scans 35mm, 46mm,
70mm, and 120 film
formats
• User selectable autofocus
and image sharpening
Price $999.99 or best offer

I have the instruction books for it.
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Old 01-02-2005, 01:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I did a lot of testing of scanners last year, and was never completely satisfied with using a flatbed for 120mm film (I would never use it for 35mm except for web use), although I have one pro friend who has done some very large display prints from scans he did on an older Epson 2450 (I was looking into the newer version of that, the 3250). Since I don't shoot 4x5, I decided to get a dedicated film scanner like the Nikon 8000 (which has now been replaced by the 9000). I already have an older Nikon Coolscan 3, which does a pretty good job, but only gives you a 26mb file (about 9x12 @ 300dpi) and I would like scans that I can actually send to clients for reproduction. Then only other similar scanners I'm aware of is the Microtek ArtixScan 120TF, and the Minolta DiMage something - it seems to be missing from the B&H and Unique websites, so it may not be available. The Nikon and the Microtek run about $2000 and $1600 respectively. Also, remember that a 25mb scan is not the same as 25mb digital capture. The digital capture has more potential for up-resing images to larger sizes than does the scan file.

On the other hand, if you were only using the scanner for website use, or smaller reproductions, I'm sure the flat-beds with the light-lids for scanning film would be quite acceptable. You could also send your film to more professional scanning sources. This one has been around for a long time and I've heard good things about them. http://nancyscans.com

By way of example, my Bikini Gold 2004 calendar was completely scanned on a Nikon 8000 from 35mm film. My new Bikini Gold 2005 calendar was scanned on a drum scanner in Korea (they do good work). I defy anyone to tell the difference (not from my web images however, you'll have to buy them both or catch me at one of Rolando's workshops ).

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Re: I am in need of a scanner
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Thanks for the input. I will do some reseach on the Kodak RFS 3570.
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My budget is sub-$3000. Kerry thanks for the feedback. If I had $20,000 I would buy the Hasselblad H1D and forget film altogether. Maybe I can win that much at the poker table. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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I appreciate the help Andy. I have though seriously about the Nikon 9000. I we see if I can find some info and samples images from the Microtek ArtixScan 120TF.
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