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What Desktop Scanner should I buy?

 

If you scan a lot of damaged photographs get a scanner with Digital ICE.

 
The worldwide growth of the PC industry, desktop publishing and the use of the Internet has dramatically increased the demand for clear digital images.
Digital ICE works by building a record of defects in the image during scanning. Scanners normally work with three input channels - red, green, and blue. Scanners equipped with Digital ICE add a fourth channel called the D channel (defect channel). During scanning information on defects, surface dirt, and scratches is collected. Digital ICE then applies a series of algorithms (formulas) to rebuild the missing information. The result is scans that are scratch free and dust free even if the original film has serious defects. 
 

Digital ICE does not work with traditional black and white films and there will be a loss of detail when used with Kodachromes.

 
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v500

Minimum Specification

Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner

Device Type: Flatbed scanner - desktop
Max Supported Document Size: 216 x 297 mm
Input Type: Colour
Grayscale / Color Depth: 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour
Grayscale / Color Depth (External): 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour
Optical Resolution: 6400 dpi x 9600 dpi
Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm
Supported Document Type: Transparencies, plain paper, slides, bulk objects (such as books), film
Document Feeder Type: Manual load
Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
Environmental Standards: EPA Energy Star

 
Price £150-£200
   
 

Best Specification

v750

Product Description: Epson Perfection V750 Pro - flatbed scanner
Device Type: Flatbed scanner - desktop
Max Supported Document Size: 216 x 297 mm
Dimensions (WxDxH): 30.8 cm x 50.3 cm x 15.3 cm
Weight: 6.6 kg
Input Type: Colour
Grayscale / Color Depth: 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour
Grayscale / Color Depth (External): 16-bit (64K grey levels) / 48-bit colour
Optical Resolution: 6400 dpi x 9600 dpi
Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm
Supported Document Type: Transparencies, plain paper, film
Document Feeder Type: Manual load
Interface Type: IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB

 

Price £600-£800 depending on accessories*

 

What you need to know.
It comes bundled with Monaco EZColor to control colour, using ICC profiles. You calibrate your system using the targets (film and paper artwork.) You get to calibrate your scanner, monitor and printer. It's quick, easy and produces consistant colour.
It comes bundled with LaserSoft Silverfast Ai. Takes a little learning due to German English, but it's very good once you get used to it. The autopilot settings produce good results straight away. Remember to get the free upgrade from Silverfast, after you have registered the copy that comes with your scanner.
It does not come with the Fluid Mount Accessory (FMA). You have to send your invoice off to Epson (email a PDF) for them to send you the FMA.* If you want the very best scans this unit can produce you need to use the FMA. Especially if you have a slides and negs that are dirty, scratched or grainy. The difference after using scanner fluid is amazing. (Look up Haynes Graphic Arts Ltd and ask about the V750 (FMA) starter kit.
The Epson scan software is not bad either, many will find this sufficient to get good scans without taxing the brain cells.
This unit is so good you will be able to get perfectly acceptable 16x20 prints from those old Ektachrome / Kodachrome slides with a little care.
You will be save countless hours in Photoshop by using Digital ICE to clean up your scans.
It has a IR sensor and can be used in multiple scan / pass to render a greater dynamic range (using Silverfast.)

 
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