Flatbed Scanning of Slides

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Flatbed Scanning of Slides
Jul 17, 2007

My sister has a bunch of slides that she wants to scan and convert to digital images. I am looking for comments from people who have used a flatbed scanner to do this.

I have an Epson 1660 Photo Scanner and a Nikon Coolscan 5000. I use the Nikon for my scanning but she is not interested in investing this much money in a scanner. I decided to try the Epson and it works but ... What I am seeing is that the images are very soft on focus compared to the Nikon. If anyone is familiar with the Epson 1660, is there a way to improve the focus using the software that comes with it? The specs on it indicate that focus is automatic.

In short, she is looking for a reasonably priced solution, hardware and software, to convert several hundred slides. She is not into scanning for making large prints - just wants to convert the slides to digital images that will work for sharing via email or a web site and to make 4x6 inch prints.

Before someone suggests it, I am not interested in scanning several hundred slides using my Nikon, I have way too many of my own to work through!

I am thinking of suggesting that she get Adobe Photoshop Album to manage the images and make minor adjustments to them. If she wants a printer that prints nice 4x6 prints that HAVE permanence, then I am thinking of the Epson PictureMate as I have one and it does a nice job plus uses metallic inks. If permanece is not an issue, she can print on the inkjet printer she already owns.

Thanks for any suggestions and hints,
Rollin

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