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Old 09-09-2005, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maybe I'm just getting more anal as time goes on, but I think my film scans here lately are starting to suck sour frog @$$. The images are grainy, the color looks weak to me no matter what I do... just crappy stuff. Without resorting to tell me to just shoot digital [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] (which I DID do for part of the shoot in question, btw), the quality of the chromes look really wonderful... it's just the scans of the chromes that suck hard.

So the question is, do you guys know of any good dedicated film scanners out there that accept both 35mm and medium formats that don't cost an arm and a leg?

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Old 09-09-2005, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use a Nikon coolscan IV and love it but, it does 35mm only. Nikon has one that does 35 up to 6x7. However, it may require an arm and a leg. Unless you found it on sale for just an arm. I still do not shoot digital. I keep telling myself that it's just a fad. It will pass. It's just a fad. It will pass. :-) I still love my film. Digital is convenient but, It ain't got da same quality as film. Of course, I'm still looking for a new car with an 8 track. I'm not really sure why I sounded off here. I guess just to say that I have a Nikon and it has really performed well.

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Old 09-09-2005, 06:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check with cities where there are large military bases nearby. Sometimes that equipment becomes no longer used and gets turned in to the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Organization, or something like that, affectionately referred to as DRMO which may not be located on a base. Go to such a place, browse through their isles of stuff and you may run across one.

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Old 09-09-2005, 06:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My Epson 3170 Flatbed Scanner does a nice job with 35mm and 120 film. Just another option.
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Epson Perfection 4990 PRO
Old 09-09-2005, 06:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For the money, it's the best value. Not near a drum scanner of course, but very good: Link to Epson

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Old 09-09-2005, 07:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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LOL, no problem man, sound off anytime. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Don't tell anybody, but I agree with you about the quality of film. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] There's really nothing better than a good looking chrome, or a good c-print, or a good silver print with black & white. Of course, I can't print c-prints at home right now, so I do print color digitally. But to get to that step, a good quality scan would be nice. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Maybe we should start a club within GG of all the film users. All two of us! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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P.S.: As far as the car with an 8-track, well, you're on your own there, dude. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 09-09-2005, 07:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey cool, thanks Chet, I never woulda known about looking there. We've got the Millington Naval Base right near where I live.

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Old 09-09-2005, 07:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey thanks Bonner, I'm pretty much open to any options at this point. I'll give it a look!

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Old 09-09-2005, 07:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Art for that. If it'll do what I need it to do and still look good, that's fine with me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Thanks!

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If you can still find one, Minolta made a Dimage Scan Multi Pro that scans up to 6x9. Nikon still makes the 9000, which also scans 6x9. Hasselblad sells two or three scanners that scan 10cm x 25cm. All of these run $2000 and up. Epson just released two scanners: the Perfection 4990 and 4990 Pro which have been getting very good reviews. They will scan transparencies up to 8"x10" and run $450 and $550, respectively. The only reported downside on the Epsons are the scan times. They're take a good bit longer to scan a neg than a dedicated film scanner, but the quality is supposedly just as good.

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