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I need a film scanner

I know there have been various discusions on this topic here before but things change. Previous models disappear and I’m not familiar with what’s available at the moment. Ultimately I suspect film scanners will disappear altogether. I had an Epson which worked well for scanning documents, prints up to and beyond 8×10 as well as medium format and 35mm slides. But couldn’t haul that with me from Asia so had to sell it. So I’m looking for something comparable, or better within a reasonable buget.

by Nigel Amies at 2012-12-17 09:43:25 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I checked it recently and nothing has changed much the last couple of years. At least nothing under $1000 as far as I know.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 18 Dec 2012 20:12 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
For 35mm I read some thumbs up for Plustek scanners. They announced some model for 120 mm too but I never hear about it in the recent times. Saludos

by Hernan Zenteno | 19 Dec 2012 03:12 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
I have a Nikon COOLSCAN V ED for 35mm film + framed slides. i would happily sell it to you, if suits your needs. Haven’t used it in ages. Boxed and in mint condition. http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product-Archive/Film-Scanners/9239/COOLSCAN-V-ED.html

by Paulo Nunes dos Santos | 19 Dec 2012 11:12 | Cairo, Egypt | | Report spam→
Thanks for the info. However, most of you refer to 35mm scanners whereas most of my pix are in fact 120 medium format. I also need to scan some 8×10 prints. What I want is a flatbed scanner somewhat like the Epson I had, but hopefully somewhat more compact.

by Nigel Amies | 21 Dec 2012 11:12 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Nigel,

look here: www.filmscanner.info

Greetings from Bavaria


by Franz Hollweck | 21 Dec 2012 17:12 | | Report spam→
And there is a camera based suggestion to that posted here at photo.net:

Digital camera scanning technique: comparison against an Epson v700

by henley | 21 Dec 2012 21:12 | | Report spam→
I have a Scanmaker XL6 with Light Hood flatbed scanner which is now no longer used. The Scanner is a few years old and has SCSI interface, the Light Hood is unused still in it’s box. Located in New Zealand
Maurie Hill

by Maurie Hill | 22 Dec 2012 03:12 | Auckland, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Epson still sells good flatbed scanners. I use the V750 and has all the possibilities you describe. Also wet scanning is possible with an accessory. Be aware that the software nowadays is a problem because most of those packages are not maintained anymore. Epson delivers SilverFast with the scanner but that doesn’t run well on my Mac. I use VueScan that still is very actively is maintained and it delivers good quality.

by Hans Knikman | 22 Dec 2012 07:12 | Leiderdorp, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Thanks for the info update. I’ll check filmscanner.com and keep my eyes open for any place that still sells film scanners here in southern Germany. The Epson sounds good if I can find it.

by Nigel Amies | 29 Jan 2013 09:01 | Ludwigsburg, Germany | | Report spam→

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Nigel Amies, Photographer/writer Nigel Amies
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Tom Van Cakenberghe, Tom Van Cakenberghe
Kathmandu , Nepal
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Paulo Nunes dos Santos, Journalist & Photographer Paulo Nunes dos Santos
Journalist & Photographer
Dublin , Ireland
Franz Hollweck, photographer Franz Hollweck
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henley, Photographer henley
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Maurie Hill, Photographer Maurie Hill
(have camera, will travel)
Auckland , New Zealand
Hans Knikman, Photographer - Filmmaker Hans Knikman
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