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John, Thanks for the report. Sounds Positive! Could you answer 2 questions? (My scanner will be here today), but I'm anxious.... Is there a way to scan 24x65mm 35mm panoramic film? Will one of the film holders accept this size, or could you cut a frame dividing line from the 35mm negative holder? Where do you order the Silverfast software for $99 for this scanner? I'd like to order a copy right away. Jerry John Brubaker wrote: > Hi All - I received my Epson 1600 scanner this morning (pro model with trans > adapter, but not FireWire). Connection to a PC was quick and easy via USB > cable and quick software installation. The Epson scanning software is not > overly featured, but is adequate. The scanner itself is heavy and appears > well made, unlike the 1200U which is very light weight and mostly plastic. > The film holders lay on the glass bed and hold the film up off the glass by > a couple of mm., so newton rings will not be a problem. The software knows > to shift focus a bit when transp. adapter is in use. Now, how are the > scans? First a bit of background to establish credibility. In the photo lab > where I work, we have 2 Agfa Duoscans, and an Imacon Flextite Precision II > scanner. The Imacon is a $15,000 unit with quality approaching drum > scanners. I first scanned two 4x5" Ektachrome transparencies using one of > the Agfa scanners at 800 ppi (which is our usual resolution for 300 dpi > Sienna prints). Curves were used in the Agfa software to adjust density and > overall color before the actual scans. After saving these images, I > rebooted with the Epson 1600 connected and scanned the same two transp. > again at 800 ppi. with curve adjustments in the Epson software. There was > no unsharp masking used with either scanner. The results - scans from the > Epson were noticeably sharper, with better information in the shadows than > the Agfa scans. I've had many, many hours of experience with the Agfa > Duoscans, and about 5 minutes with the Epson, so I was immediatly impressed, > as was another technician who works with me. At my place of work, we scan > lots of wood furniture transp., often walnut or dark mahogony finish in > moody lighting - these are very challenging for any scanner. I picked > another transparency with lots of dark wood in semi-shadow, scanned again at > 800 ppi resulting in a very nice scan with good detail in the shadow area. > One more quick test - my 35mm scanner test slide containing very tiny print > from the stock report section of the Wall St. Journal. I scanned first at > 800 ppi, and then again at 1600 ppi to see if more detail would be captured. > The 1600 ppi scan did contain more detail in the form of more readable text > and more generally better definition of the font characters. I cannot say > if the scanner is really operating at a true 1600 ppi, but I can say that > there was an improvement. So my quick conclusion as of today - The Epson > 1600 is a real winner in its price range. The Agfa Duoscans were about > $2400 when they were purchased, and I think they still sell for about that. > The Epson at $1100 makes better scans even though the software is not as > full-featured as Agfa's. I did not compare the Epson to the Imacon scanner > because it wouldn't be fair - they're not in the same league. I've ordered > the Silverfast software at the bargain price of $99 and will try that on > Thursday when it's supposed to arrive. Someone asked about the 1200U > scanner compared to the 1600, and I can only say that you get what you pay > for. The 1200 is a very nice scanner in its price range, but not near as > good as the 1600. Regards --- John. > > - > Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use > accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions. - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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