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Hi Arthur, Indeed, I did not specify the usage of the scanner: We will use it for website images, and for our museum database. If we need high resolution slide scanning, I will take care of it myself. Your description of slide scanning sounds dreadful... I might suggest our board to get a simple flat bed for now, and invest in a film scanner when we have the funds. Thanks, Francoise Frigola IAHS Computer & Research Chair Original Inkjet Prints in Multiple ~ Sculpture http://www.pe.net/~franou/ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Arthur Entlich" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2002 12:25 AM Subject: Re: Scanner suggestion for small organization? > Hi Francoise, > > Within your budget range, you will have to make some compromises. > > The reflective art, (paper, photos, newspapers, magazines, etc) are easy > these days with any 600 dpi optical scanner for even under $100 > > The problem is the film, both negs and slides. I assume most of these > will be 35mm, and that makes it even harder to deal with. > > One thing you don't mention is what you plan to do with the scans. WIll > they be on a web site? Printed with an inkjet, printed in a catalogue? > > The minimum resolution you need for a full screen computer image from a > 35mm frame is about 1200 dpi optical. Of course, 2400 dpi is even > better, for printing purposes from 35mm film. This means you need a > flatbed scanner with a transmissive light source. (light hood). > > The main problem is that flatbed scanners, in general, are designed with > reflective art in mind which rarely requires more than a dynamic range > of 2.6 dMAX. Film needs 3.8 or more. So, you will need to be happy > with lower dynamic range in cheaper flatbeds. This means underexposed > images will be very noisy and even darker areas of slides will be noisy > or inaccessible. > > Microtek, Epson, and Umax all make good scanners in this range. Try to > get a CCD sensor rather than CIS, not only is this older technology > better, it is cheaper and lasts longer. If you can test the scanner > with different media, that would be best since each model tends to have > different abilities and specs alone will not tell the full story. > > Art - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.