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Which scanner for B&W?

Finally realised it really is time for me to send my old Minolta to the great recycling pile in the sky. Question is – what to replace it with? I’m out of touch with what’s on the market, and I’ll be looking at second-hand stuff, so I’m asking you bunch of experts.

It’s exclusively for B&W – TX, TMZ, PX.

The names I see around are Imacon, Polaroid, Nikon, but have no idea what’s a dog and what’s a good buy. Any first hand advice appreciated.

Cheers, PHC.

by Paul Hardy Carter at 2008-02-02 10:16:26 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Monte Pego , Spain | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi Paul. I have a Canoscan 9950f that is good for 6×6 but i have to work too much with sharpen procedures to get good detail with 35 mm scans. Some peple like the Epson V700 others prefer dedicated scanners. The Imacon is expensive, see some old post about this item in Lightstalkers. I used a Nikon before but have a tendency to have lines of noise. I don’t know if Polaroid have a new scan, check that is usb 2 or firewire, SCSI is an old system not compatible with the currents. If you use mac you must have in mind that you can get software that runs in Leopard in the future. Tell us what you find, there are not much interest in develop new scanners apparently.

by Hernan Zenteno | 04 Feb 2008 23:02 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Imacons are great but super expensive. I have gotten good results with my Nikon Coolscan V and you can pick them up new for $600 and less on eBay. I want to try it with the Silverfast software which I here is very good.

by [former member] | 11 Feb 2008 16:02 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
I have a LS5000 Nikon and I love it for the price it costs. Quality is great, and mostly you can add devices to scan film per roll (36 frames at a time). The device is expensive but sometimes you get it on ebay for much cheaper (it’s only a plastic item). I would highly recommand to go for the 5000.

by Fabien Penso | 16 Feb 2008 10:02 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
i am using an old canoscan fs2710 its great! i would also look at the coolscans by nikon, i would not go the imacon route if it is only 35mm that you want scanning…

by John Robinson | 10 Mar 2008 07:03 | pietermaritzburg, South Africa | | Report spam→

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