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Nov 12, 2013 01:27 |  #1

I didn't get into photography until the film era was nearly dead, so this actually has very little to do with what I need, but is more for my dad. He has 2 or 3 shoeboxes of old photographs that he and his parents took that never get looked at anymore. He always talks about going through them someday and putting them in albums. For Christmas, I was thinking about getting him a scanner so that we can bring all those old images and memories back, as well as ensure that they are more secure for the future than they are in a shoebox or album.

I honestly don't know if he'd use the scanner himself or if it's something we'd do together. I would kinda prefer the latter so we can go through them together, and I think it's more likely, he's 64 years old and while decent with computers, not exactly tech-savvy. So I guess bonus points for a scanner that would be easy enough for him to use on his own, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.

Would a flatbed scanner be the best route to go? I've been looking a little bit, and I see that the Epson Perfection V600 gets really good reviews. Most of the photos are 3x5 or 4x6, some larger 8x10s, a few Polaroids, and some negatives. Budget is about $200.

I know if we can pull it off he will love it.

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Nov 12, 2013 02:16 |  #2

A flatbed is good for prints, but there are good negative/transparency scanners out there, although they can be more expensive.

And then...know that scanning and processing photos is work! You will likely end up doing a lot of it yourself, but know that there are labs that will do it for a price!


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Nov 12, 2013 08:44 |  #3

Film scanner (are the cheap ones any good?)


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Nov 16, 2013 12:18 |  #4

What are the odds that a scanner like the V600 will give me decent "snapshot" quality photos with minimal retouching? They don't have to be perfect like we're used to with how we normally think of photography. If I'm going to need to correct color, exposure, fix scratches and dust spots, and all that myself, then it's probably more work that I have time to do myself. But if I just have to maybe do one or two things to each picture, I think I can manage that.

I looked into the scanning services, but they're just too spendy. $200 for a scanner plus time, I can probably manage that. But $0.50 to $1 per photo, I don't know how many photos are in those boxes but I bet that's going to be pretty pricey.


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Nov 16, 2013 12:42 |  #5

i use the v600 and i think it would be perfect for what you're doing


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Nov 17, 2013 08:00 |  #6

No direct experience myself, but there is a professional botanist in this area who has done nature photography (primarily birds, insects, and plants) all over the world. I recently attended a presentation that he gave on native orchids and he mentioned that many of the photos were old enough that they were taken on slides. After the presentation I asked him what he was using to do the scanning and he later E-mailed me to let me know that he has an Epson V500. I have to say that I was impressed with his results. I also have a neighbor who has a V500. I helped him set it up, but I haven't followed up to see his results, but my impression was that operation is fairly straightforward, although a little slow since you can only do a few images (slide or print) per scan. Of course, while one set is scanning you can be checking and cleaning the next set and getting them ready.


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Nov 17, 2013 14:43 |  #7

OK, you guys have convinced me to go for it with the V600. Thanks!


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