Photo Scanner

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I’ve been taking quite a few 35mm photographs laterly and have about a years worth that I need to scan. The Nikon 4000 is the one I really want, but it is way too expensive.
The Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 is a new one that is about $800, so I thought I’d look at it. Here are some reviews:
* Mikes 5400 review. Great thing is that it has Firewire and USB 2.0, so will be fast. Also is 5400 dpi and has the Digital Ice scratch remover, so the specs are amazing. Seems to have pretty good quality according to the scans that Mike did. “Pricegrabber”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=853730/blsrt=1/ut=0ce41693ae1ec9b4 shows it at just about $800.
* “Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED”:http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/LS4K/L40A.HTM. This has a $200 rebate on it right now. 4000dpi, Firewire interface, 48 bit images. 4.2 dynamic range. A great scanner by most reviews. Also have Digital Ice. At Pricegrabber, it’s just over “$1,000”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=408160/blsrt=1/ut=0ce41693ae1ec9b4 so is the same price as the Minolta when you include the rebate.
Pricing-wise, “Pricegrabber”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php?page_id=23&sortby=popular-&vendors%5B%5D=0&popup1%5B%5D=3%3A307&popup1_attr_id%5B%5D=307&popup2%5B%5D=0&popup2_attr_id%5B%5D=144&popup3%5B%5D=0&lo_p=0&hi_p=0&form_keyword=&ut=0ce41693ae1ec9b4 shows that for film scanners:
* “Nikon Coolscan IV ED”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=408161/ut=0ce41693ae1ec9b4. This is the best seller. Inexpensive relatively at $474. It’s USB 1.0, 36-bit
* “DiMAGE Scan Dual III”:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=654035/ut=0ce41693ae1ec9b4. This is very inexpensive at under $300. Has USB 2.0.

2 Replies to “Photo Scanner”

  1. I want to scan 50 years of old photos, slides, and negetives. But i don’t know what scanners are out there that would be user friendly and good quality for a novice like myself. I need something with memory to store scans (in a rural setting) until i could get back to my computer. Any ideas?

  2. Well, there are a couple of good ones out now. This is actually and older post. The current best advice is:
    1. If you only have a few slides, then you can use a flatbed scanner. The latest Epson 4860 I believe is supposed to be great. I got an Epson 3200 for my dad and it works super well. He’s a novice and got the hange of it quickly.
    2. Give that these are 50 year old slides, you might want to go with something with advanced image processing. The current best one I’ve seen is the Nikon Coolscan V ED. This is the update to the Nikon Coolscan IV. You can check it on pricegrabber, but its about $500.

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