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Sep 03, 2009 11:40 |  #1

I would like to convert old slides & negatives to high quality digital.

CostCo has an ImageBox Digital Film, Slide & Photo Converter for $130 ($200 @ B&H and Adorama), and the price includes Adobe Photoshop Elements, which I don't already have. This price is right; but is this unit any good? No price is worth it if the output is not of good quality; I want good quality digital images.




  
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Sep 03, 2009 14:45 |  #2

A few years ago I scanned some of my pre-digital slides and negatives using my HP Photosmart scanner I bought for around $450. At the max scanning resolution they came out to be around 1MB in size and would print kind'ov acceptable 6 X 4 prints. You get what you pay for.

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Sep 03, 2009 18:27 |  #3

If you want hi res, there are professional commercial services that do that...just check for their specifications about the pixel dimensions of the scanned slides. The problem with home scanning is all the prep work of cleaning the slide!


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Sep 04, 2009 00:14 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #4

My experience with low end slide scanners has been they aren't worth it Dog slow and low quality results. Costco doesn't advertise it, but they will scan slides for you, It's a side benefit of those Fuji Frontier and Noritsu printers. Not sure what the scan resolution is but, the printers print up to 12 X 18. Have then do a few for you; If they're any good, go for it. If not, you're only out a few bucks.


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Sep 04, 2009 01:02 |  #5

For a high quality home scanning is bad idea IMHO.
When in average digital photolab they scan with professional machines you cant beat theeir quality with home scanners.

Not sure how are the newest scanners for sale now, i only speak from my own exp. used to work in digital photolab 8 years ago. Time runs fast though, maybe some good improvements came the last years :)

The prices might be high in local digital photolabs,,, but still it is very different from country to country.
The country where i worked in digital photolab, the scan 38x45 with resolution 300 pixels/inch (2 mb - JPG or around 30 mb TIF) cost a little bit lower than 1US dollar. And i know they still offer the same prices.... not because they do not provide quality, but because there would be no customers if price would be higher (people simply could not afford it, because of a low wages)

I know in Ireland etc. price is much much higher.

There is also online services like 'scandigital.com' but to be honest i do not know and newer asked/hear how well they do so can not give any feedback :) The price is lower than 1 us dollar per slide scan




  
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Sep 04, 2009 08:09 |  #6

TwistedPixel wrote in post #8580978 (external link)
Not sure how are the newest scanners for sale now, i only speak from my own exp. used to work in digital photolab 8 years ago. Time runs fast though, maybe some good improvements came the last years

8 years in this game is a lifetime.
I'm afraid the stuff you worked with then is so obsolete it's prehistoric.
I scan my slides (in fact I scan everything) with an 'Epson Perfection V300 Photo' scanner. Sheer magic results, and combined with Photoshop for post-processing - sheer brilliance.


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Sep 04, 2009 19:19 |  #7

FotOz wrote in post #8582176 (external link)
8 years in this game is a lifetime.
I'm afraid the stuff you worked with then is so obsolete it's prehistoric.

Totally agree with you, FotOz. of course, 8 years in technology in general is really massive time period.

but still comparing Home and Lab scanners quality:
If affordable home film scanner nowadays could do it with the same quality as 'prehistoric' scanning machine in lab 8 uears ago, would be great.

FotOz wrote in post #8582176 (external link)
I scan my slides (in fact I scan everything) with an 'Epson Perfection V300 Photo' scanner. Sheer magic results, and combined with Photoshop for post-processing - sheer brilliance.

Just looked at Epson Perfection V300 Photo' scanner (external link)

quote from Epson documentation:

Beautiful enlargements up to 13x19 from film

Film scan size still lower as 'prehistoric' scanning machine in lab (which was 38x45cm/300dpi)
But may be more expensive ones could do much bigger... me would like to know too what is the one of best quality and still affordable film/slide scanner these days (?)




  
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