Scanning Work Flow Advice Needed.

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Jim Engel
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Scanning Work Flow Advice Needed.
Sep 17, 2008

I have a growing collection of older photos, negatives,
some slides for a book I am working on.

Much of this is borrowed material, so once I send it back
I will not be able to rescan it if I learn a better method.

We have in the house two scanners,

Epson Perfection 4990 Photo

Epson Perfection V700 Photo

Both of these scanners have a Silverfast SE disk, which I have
played around with a little bit. Also, the Lynda.com scanner
course uses this software, so there is good instruction
available.

I notice that these are different versions.

I also notice that there are various advanced
versions of Silverfast. The first level up is not
too expensive.

I am willing to work and to spend the necessary
money to become reasonably proficient at scanning
these various media, that is, photos, negatives, slides.

My questions are:

Should I work to learn the Native Epson interfaces
for these two scanners, probably very similar ?

Or should I go down the SilverFast path ?

Am I likely to want to go to the upgraded SilverFast
software ?

If I upgrade, does that mean I pay full price twice in order
to use both scanners, or can you buy some sort of
module for multiple printers ?

Photoshop supports many kinds of raw files, & gives
free updates , but only for the current version.

I have been through having to upgrade Photoshop
just to read CR2 files for my Rebel 350D. It was a little
annoying, but I must admit that the latest Photoshop,
CS3, is really nice.

I want to avoid spending a lot of time learning SilverFast
if it is going to turn out that I need to spend several
hundred dollars for two versions for only marginal
utility over using the native Epson software.

I guess the case for SilverFast is that it is just like
learning C or Fortran rather than an Assembly
Language for a particular computer, your investment
in learning has a long term value, does not disappear
with the end of machines using that paraticular
assembly language.

I guess my question is the long term cost of
upgrading worthwhile in terms of beiing in able
to learn techniques that can be used in the future
on new or other hardware.

Any advice or comments welcome.

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