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Re: [CBQ] Slide and Negative Scanners

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Slide and Negative Scanners
From: "Chris Atkins" <tcatkins@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 18:03:20 -0800
I've always understood the Nikon Coolscan 5000 to set the standard for 35mm slide scanners. Unfortunately, besides no longer being made, used ones cost about 10x Charley's Plustek. I wonder how these cheaper ones compare to the Nikon?

Chris Atkins
Argyle, TX 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 02:03 PM, Jack Schroeder wrote:
Hello Charley:
Here is a link to the place where I and all the pro photographers shop for cameras and stuff. The place is B&H and the link takes you to slide scanners. This is where the pro go for equipment.

Read the reviews and you will learn that flat bed scanners (with illuminated covers and templates) do a so-so job but never as good as the single slide units shown at these pages.
Check on the pixel size of the the sensor unit not just the resolution. Flat bed units have moving sensors and that is a source for loss of sharpness.

 If I had slides I would get one of the Plustek units. Something in the $300-500 range. They are cheaper than the Epson V850 ($1200) and will do a better job with slides.

Happy shopping and stay healthy.  
Jack Schroeder
817 485-1922
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On 11/19/2020 12:53 PM, Charlie Vlk wrote:



Does anyone have any experience with slide and negative scanners?   My all-in-one copiers can do a decent job of digitizing photo prints but, even though a couple of them have slide processing capability they are somewhat clunky to use and I have many hundreds of slides and negatives to scan.


An additional wrinkle is that I have about 1000 microfilm aperture cards with CB&Q locomotive, freight and passenger car drawings on them which I would also like to scan.  They are on computer keypunch-size cards 3 ¼ wide x 7 ¾ so I am hoping on getting something that can accommodate that width card or be modified to do so.  Some of the scanners look like they have carriers that be duplicated in sheet plastic to make a custom holder…if the slot is 3 ¼ wide or more.  As a last resort I could trim the width of the cards down to fit but I’d rather not.


I don’t want to go crazy with speed or quality and get a $5000 professional unit but I don’t want to go cheap and get the Kodak folding box gizmo or the low-end stuff that has no resolution.   I’d rather get one that can connect to my computer for post processing rather than loading to a memory card.   I already have VuScanX64 software which I have used to scan using my all-in-one.


If any of you have experience with scanners and can share thoughts or recommendations on brands or models to consider it would be much appreciated.


While the subject is technically off-topic it may be of interest to many in each group, please respond off-list unless moderators allow it to run as supporting the interests of the group.


Charlie Vlk

Mt. Juliet, TN

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