[SlideCube] Scanners

Tony Vigue tvigue at adelphia.net
Tue Nov 28 20:12:04 PST 2006

Hi Bev, hope this helps.

Taken from www.cnet.com
CNET editors' review
Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
Reviewed on 10/12/06    Release date: 3/17/06

"I'm sitting on 1,000 slides. What's the best way to get them into the 
computer?" is a frequently asked question I get from both friends and 
readers. Of course, the easiest solution is to send them off to someone 
else. But that can get expensive, and many people don't want to subject 
their prized photos to the disinterested hands of a technician. That leaves 
you with a scanner as your only option. For speedy, unattended scanning, a 
dedicated slide scanner with an automatic feeder, such as the Nikon Coolscan 
V, is a good bet. After you're done with the slides, though, it becomes an 
expensive paperweight. So after the costs and benefits play out, your best 
overall choice turns out to be a really good flatbed scanner--like the Epson 
Perfection V700.

The V700 improves upon its popular predecessor, the Perfection 4990 Pro, not 
to mention that it beats that model's price by about $50. You might also 
notice, however, that its design radically differs from last year's models; 
a switch from all rounded curves to sharp angles and corners. I happen to 
prefer the flat-topped version, because every large object on my desk must 
be able to hold a pile of something or other. Speaking of which, you'll need 
to allocate a big chunk of desk space for the V700: 6 by 12 by 20 inches.

Epson includes a variety of carriers in the box: one holds 12 slides, 
another four six-frame film strips, one for two 4x5 transparencies, and one 
for eight medium-format frames. They're all well designed and easy to load, 
and they each snap into a notch to lock in place on the scanbed. My biggest 
problem with the myriad mounts is finding places to put them. A version of 
the V700, the V750-M Pro, also offers a liquid mount, as used by drum 
scanners. This allows the film to press directly against the glass, which 
maximizes sharpness and minimizes artifacts. Though the V700 doesn't supply 
this, it does use separate lenses for reflective (hard-copy) and 
transmissive (slides and negatives) originals; since the latter generally 
need to be optically enlarged far more than the former, the lenses need to 
be optimized differently. One lens is designed for optimum resolving at a 
horizontal resolution of 4,800dpi, the other, 6,400dpi. Of course, the 
scanner can interpolate way beyond that, and for small originals, you 
generally find yourself in interpolation territory.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "bev gyori" <bgyori at shaw.ca>
To: <slidecube at armory.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 12:37 PM
Subject: [SlideCube] (no subject)

How do you scan slides to digital format?

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