Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

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monopoly Forum Member • Posts: 63
Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

I'm looking for a good quality film scanner for scanning black and white negatives for making prints up to about 12" x 18"

I dont need to scan anything other than 35mm, and i'm leaning towards a dedicated film scanner but i'm open to peoples thoughts on flatbed scanners - and how they compare to dedicated ones.

As already said my budget is quite limited but i'd like to see what i can get for that money.

thanks for your time.

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StephaneB Contributing Member • Posts: 962
Re: Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

Depends on what you mean by limited budget. Nikon Coolscan V seems your best choice. Epson V700 as a close second. If these are too expensive, you'll need to reduce your target size.

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Mark Smith Veteran Member • Posts: 6,336
Re: Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

I found a Minlota Dimage for £100, it produces nice 2800dpi scans good enough for A4.
The scan Dual 5400 would be a nice choice if you can find a S/H one.
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austex Contributing Member • Posts: 962
Re: Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

Can you wait a few weeks?

The Microtek ArtixScan M1 is coming out in a few weeks (probably at the expo at the beginning of March, but they may decide to get the jump on it and announce a week or two earlier).

http://www.microtekusa.com/prasm1.html

This is going to be a pretty incredible scanner for the price, and it will be a glassless film scanner, with tension control and a lens that can focus on the film (rather than being fixed as most are).

It's slightly more than your price range, but it's generating a lot of buzz.

OP monopoly Forum Member • Posts: 63
Re: Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

thanks guys - yes i can wait a few weeks - so i'll look into that.

i was looking at something like the epson 4490 or the canoscan 8600F - as they both seem to offer a lot for the price (here in the UK anyway) - but would this limit my qualty print size? If anyone has any experience with either brands/models i'd greatly appreciate your views.

thanks again.

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KWagner Regular Member • Posts: 267
Re: Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

monopoly wrote:

I'm looking for a good quality film scanner for scanning black and
white negatives for making prints up to about 12" x 18"

I dont need to scan anything other than 35mm, and i'm leaning
towards a dedicated film scanner but i'm open to peoples thoughts
on flatbed scanners - and how they compare to dedicated ones.

I bought a Nikon Coolscan V ED about a year ago and have had good results with it. A 4000dpi scan of 35mm film will produce an 8x10” image at 300dpi (which works out perfectly for the dye sub printer I have). One thing I would look for in a film scanner is Digital ICE – which is a software algorithm built into the scanner for dealing with dust and scratches on the film (color only)

There are also other algorithms called Digital ROC (Restoration of color) and Digital GEM (Grain Equalization and Management). These algorithms may be part of the scanning software application or can be purchased as Photoshop plugings.

See this article for details: http://www.vividlight.com/articles/1015.htm

In addition to the Coolscan, I have an Epson flatbed scanner that will also scan 35mm film – although I do almost all of my film scanning using the Nikon Coolscan to take advantage of the Digital ICE feature. (Quite useful when archiving 20-30 year old negatives.)

Be advised that using Digital ICE greatly increases the time required to scan the image as it makes multiple passes. Digital ROC also works very well but also adds post processing time (at least on my old underpowered G4 Mac).

One downside to the Coolscan V ED is that it only has a USB port (no Firewire) – which slows down data transfer speed between the computer and scanner somewhat.

Whatever scanner you decide on – remember you’re going to need a lot of hard drive space to work with and store your scans...

Regards,

K. Wagner

Bimthecat Senior Member • Posts: 2,642
Epson flatbeds scan thru glass...

Epson flatbeds scan thru glass...
which is not a great idea.

Microtek (mentioned above) DOES NOT scan thru glass,
rather with mild tension, on the film, to further flatness...

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Re: Anyone recommend a good quality film scanner for under £200?

I have a Nikon Super Cool Scan 5000ED. It's actually for sale but I prefer to sell it locally. I shoot primarily MF so I bought a Nikon 9000 that will also do 35mm. Personally I would not buy a flat bed scanner. Not if you seek the best quality. Looking at the specs alone you can see why. But, from my experience the dedicated film scanners work really well and give great results.

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