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      12-16-2008, 04:38 PM   #1
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Film scanner

Just wondering if anyone had any recomnedations on a scanner my dad could use to scan his negatives and old 35mm film into digital pictures. I've seen links to some sites and some cheap stuff but they all have bad reviews.

Anyone have anything that they already use and like?
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      12-16-2008, 08:31 PM   #2
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I love my Canon!

CanoScan LiDE 80
* World's most advanced film capable flatbed scanner
* Film Adapter Unit for 35mm film scanning
* FARE Level 2 technology restores damaged or faded originals
* 2400x 4800 dpi
* USB powered (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed) - no need for power cable
* QARE Level 2 dust and scratch removal
* Z-lid

Works great since I still shoot 35mm.
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      12-17-2008, 12:01 PM   #3
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I have an older Coolscan 4000 by Nikon, the new one is the Coolscan 5000, which uses USB2 instead of firewire and is a bit faster, I think. Nikon's Site. I used to use only slide film, and doing a 16 pass multi sample scan at 4000 by 6000 pixels let me make an amazingly clear 20"x30" print. It's pricier, though, I think it was about $1000 or so.

But, it's totally worth it. Mine does 12bit color per channel, I think the new one is 16bits per channel. Nikon's DigitalICE automatically corrects dusts, scratches and whatnot, and saves a LOT of time later.

The Nikon is a slide/film scanner ONLY, no flatbed for prints. But, that's how you get a much higher resolution and color sampling.
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