Advice on purchasing slide/film scanner?
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Posted: 2/13/2013 1:07:35 PM
I would like some feedback and/or info on a particular slide/film scanner that I'm considering purchasing. It's called the ION FILM 2SD 35 mm Film and Slide Scanner. It's said to be a high-resolution 5 mega-pixel scanner. Is that good for enlarging the scanned photos?? I get a bit lost when it comes to pixels, bytes, etc. Help?


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Posted: 2/15/2013 6:19:39 PM
I can't tell you about that specific scanner, but here is the way I understand it and maybe someone with more knowledge will jump in and give us more information:

I think it isn't so much the megapixels, but it is the dpi resolution number that you want to look at. DPI stands for "dots per inch." You want to be able to print at least 300 DPI (72 will give a decent looking picture on a computer screen, but not a good print). So if a scanner gives information like "4800 x 9600" dpi, that is more useful than saying the finished file will be 5 megapixels.

The ION Film scanner is tempting due to it's size and low price. However, if you look on places like Amazon, you will see the reviews are pretty low. I've had several Epson scanners over the years and they make some that are nearly the same price as the ION. You might want to check them out first.

Keep in mind that a lot depends on how picky you are. If you don't care about the quality, this might be a reasonable solution. However, if you really want to make a nice enlargement, it doesn't sound like it will work for you.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 8:30:40 AM
I've been using the Epson Perfection series for a long time... I have the V500 now, but it's several years old and I have no idea if it's still a current model. Very nice quality for an inexpensive (under $200) scanner.
When you scan negatives and slides, make sure you scan at VERY high resolution, due to their small size. At least 1200+ and probably much higher, depending on the size of the negative.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 7:53:42 AM
Used to scan films and prints of aerial photos 10x 10 inches fortunately only had to scan them at 100%. Just did a test on my flatbed scanner .... 1" x 1.5" at 4800 dpi; to get image at 7"x11" had to enlarge to 800% result was 13 GIGA BYTE file. Took 10 minutes to scan and another 10 minutes Just to open it. BTW my computer is very fast with 12 GB ram and 4 terabytes of disk space, best bet is to either lower your PPI (DPI) or finished image size. experiment to see whick gives you the best quality you want before you commit to scanning your photos and crop if you can in the scanner .... giving you the best image to start with in your editing program.


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