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Film Scanners

Post by DreamensioN » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 3:37 pm

Photography related...

I have a whole bunch of slides to scan for my mum, and I was looking at the Epson V500 slide & film scanner.

Anybody here have experience with that (or other models) of film scanners? If so what are your thoughts/recommendations?

I'm looking at the V500 as a mid-range scanner for around 500 slides I want to convert for mum. Plus speaking with my neighbours (who are mostly middle aged+), they too have negative film and slides they would like to digitise. I figured by buying a scanner (which I can tax deduct) I can then do the community thing and help my neighbours out.

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Post by cGr » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 8:51 pm

It's been a while since I scanned photos, and it was a whole heap of hurt. Scanning at any decent res took forever, the colours came out all numpty because the included software is arse, and so then I had to PP the photos to make them resemble something even close to the original print.

Before you start offering your time out, I'd investigate the cost of letting someone else do it for you, vs the benefit of spending $300 on a machine yourself.

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Post by iano » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 9:39 pm

photofrenzy - old cleveland rd coorparoo

they're about the only decent place left for film. i would say photo continental, but i've used them before and was far from impressed. took forever, and the shots turned out awful.

what cgr said, save yourself the hassle and let a pro do it. probably cheaper than you think as well.
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Post by blv » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 9:51 pm

Do RGB digital still do film?
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Post by daBOODA » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 10:18 pm

blv wrote:Do RGB digital still do film?

http://www.rgbdigital.com.au/pricelist/scanning.html
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Post by DreamensioN » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 10:34 pm

^^those are the sorts of prices I've been seeing. One guy I saw on eBay (who's US based) said they do it for $0.45/slide. The catch is you need to send the slides to them in the US. I can't risk that, just incase they never come back, or get lost in transit or whatever.

Even then, mum has around 500 slides to convert (which at the above listed price of $0.80/slide) is still $600-$650 or so. UMart have the V500 scanner on special at the moment for $309 or something. Hence the idea of me just buying a scanner and doing it myself.

The good thing is it doesn't really bother me how long it takes. Even if it takes me quite some time, I can do a few here and there until they are all done.

The Epson V500 has seemed to have had some great reviews, people say the software is pretty good, and there's tons of discussion on dpreview about it where people say it's a great scanner.

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Post by daBOODA » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 10:41 pm

Bugger it. Just buy the scanner, do your scanning, then sell it :)
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Post by cGr » Mon 16 Sep, 2013 10:46 pm

Crazy thought for the day...

Using your digital camera as a scanner: http://dpbestflow.org/camera/camera-scanning
For prints, it would be super easy to setup.

Still crazy, but no padded walls crazy:
Digital slide duplicator (lens attachment for camera scanning): http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/prod6265.htm

Quick side:
Found the Epson V600 (is it 100 times more betterer than the V500?) online @ B&H for $199: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6 ... anner.html
edit: B&H wont ship this to Australia. Booooo.....
double edit: Agreed, lots of good reviews about the Epson's being the best flatbed option for film/slide scanning.

Left field thought:
What about a dedicated film and slide scanner? I wouldn't bother with the sub-$100 ones, but if you're going to be scanning 1,000's of prints, then perhaps this would be a better option than a glorified photocopier?

And another one:
Maybe you could rent a pro-level film/slide scanner from somewhere?
This place flexirents at $40/mth based on a 2 yr lease, surely they would do a shorter lease for more?
http://www.streetwise.com.au/plustek-op ... anner.html

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Post by DreamensioN » Wed 25 Sep, 2013 9:40 pm

Thanks for the input Cam :).

In the end I went with the Epson V500. I've just set it up and I'm playing with it now using some of the auto colour correct options etc. So far I'm really impressed. It's also pretty quick and does 4 slides at a time.

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Post by DreamensioN » Wed 25 Sep, 2013 10:43 pm

A scan of a 35mm slide "as is" (slide is over 35yrs old)
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Same slide, but this time the Epson autocorrect stuff turned on.
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img011.jpg (153.36 KiB) Viewed 8502 times
For $309, I'm impressed at the speed, effeciency and easy of use of this thing. Takes about 2min to do 4 slides per scan, this is at 3200dpi scanning resolution. I've obviously resized the above images down to 1024x768 or whatever for screen purposes.

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Post by dorift » Wed 25 Sep, 2013 11:03 pm

first one looks like the first ever Instagram filter
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Post by cGr » Fri 27 Sep, 2013 7:13 pm

Looks good :thumb

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Post by iano » Sat 28 Sep, 2013 10:19 pm

amazing view on the first one, where is it exactly?
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Post by spitex » Mon 30 Sep, 2013 12:42 pm

haha the fashion back then ... the pants!

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Post by cGr » Mon 30 Sep, 2013 9:49 pm

spitex wrote:haha the fashion back then ... the pants!
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Post by daBOODA » Fri 18 Oct, 2013 10:36 am

Hah look at this Romeo

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Post by Jon 51 » Fri 18 Oct, 2013 11:26 am

gotta say that's a great price for a film scanner.

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