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Old 08-22-2014, 09:29 PM   #61
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As kids, my sisters and I used to look at the family photo album over and over again.

Don't even know where it is now.

If you scan and tag them, so easy to search and find them again, instead of going through old boxes or who knows what.

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:37 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by meierlde View Post
It is a flat bed scanner but with film attachments. Easily does 2400 dpi and will go higher but for slides 4800 which is the next setting is overkill as slide film does not have that kind of resolution.

I think what you are seeing is a limitation of flatbed scanners which have a true optical resolution of around 2000 dpi regardless of their outrageously inflated technical specs. I think my canoscan 9000 claims 9600 dpi yet struggles to achieve 2k real on a resolution target.

Slide film can definitely benefit from 4000+ dpi scans if the film is a sharp capture.

However scanning at high dpi is an incredible chore -- it takes a really long time and you are left with humongous files. My strategy has been to use 8bit 2700 dpi scans for the majority of personal slides and only go to 5400 for select images. This is on a dedicated Minolta film scanner (which to my surprise actually achieved it stated resolution of ~5400 dpi)

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:56 PM   #63
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You need to be sure what you want to do with the end result. Is it to print or to view on your computer screen.

It is very hard to determine the image in a color negative, so there's a lot of wasted time previewing negatives that you decide you don't want. You will not have this issue with scanning prints.

I just finished a scanning project with a few hundred negatives using an Epson Perfection V500 Photo. There were 120 and 35mm negatives & some slides.

The scanned negatives look better than scanned prints as long as you brush/blow them clean. My scanner has technology called ICE (google it) which "removes" dust, but I didn't like the end result most of the times. It does not work well on some B&W negatives that I have and also has some artifacts on Kodachrome slides. It also doubles the scanning time. There is a software "dust removal" that works well if the negative starts out relatively clean.

The scanner color corrects quite well with color negatives, but had a hard time with old slides. I scanned at 1200 dpi right into jpeg which made it faster. The ones that I want to print, I re-scanned at a higher dpi into a tiff file. If you take the trouble of scanning negatives & plan to keep the latter, work out a filing/naming system so you can go identify the negative by looking at the image file name.

But like others have mentioned, scanning slides is slow and tedious. I got into a rhythm where I worked on something else at the computer while the negatives were being scanned. I have a big monitor, so could leave a space to see the progress. I worked at it for an hour at a time and that worked for me. I will print only a handful of them, but I liked the better quality.

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