laxlife1234 wrote in post #17103669
I have a question for those that can answer this... looking to get a v700 cause my v600's lamp went out (only scanned maybe 50 rolls with my V600) and I want a better scanner anyways.
I was hoping what other scanners within that price range compare? I would love a nikon coolscan 9k, but I ain't got the money for that! Any help is much appreciated.
Polaroid SprintScan 120 (aka Microtek AtrixScan 120tf). THE best deal in scanners, but you've got to find one; they're rare. Also, you need a SCSI or FireWire 400-compatible machine (any Mac can use them in Vuescan, either with a FW400-800 adapter or a FW-Thunderbolt adapter). 4000dpi (real dpi), and outstanding DMax. Downsides? Slow and loud. But has autofocus and will batch scan.
Barring that, the Plustek Opticfilm 120 is $2k, and is easily on par with the 9000ED. The first batch had QC problems, but that has been solved, and Plustek is now hand-testing each and every scanner they ship.
If you're JUST scanning 35mm, the Plustek OpticFilm 8100/8200 scanners are good. They provide ~3600-3800 real dpi in a 7200 dpi scan, but are fully manual (you've got to feed every frame). Also, they stink for slides (poor DMax), but if you're just shooting negative film, they're a good option. Major plus is that they're quite cheap.