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I’m studio based right now, and just moving into film as well as my current digital setup. I am now shooting Polaroid SX-70, Holga 120, Holga Polaroid [80 series mainly], and Holga Fuji, and will shortly also need to be able to scan 35mm strips [not in mounts]. If I was staying put, this would be easy. But I’m about to hit the road on a travel based project, and need to be able to scan my new material. I will be traveling in Europe in a VW T25 camper van, which I am currently modding to have a bank of backup batteries, so I can run my studio from it. I travel with a MacBook Pro, a bunch of compact drives, my camera kit, a portable printer [Canon iP90v], and a safe! I will also be spending some time a t a number of different land bases, offices, studios, apartments, and want to be able to scan and process my own material. So I need a scanner that can scan from 35mm up to 5×4″ [getting a crown graphic soon], negs, transparencies and prints. I need it to be as compact as possible, so it doesn’t take up too much space in the van, so I can pull it out when I land at a base and set up a temporary studio. Am I dreaming? Is there anything that will come close? Should I just accept that I need to post them or take them to a lab for scanning? I do have a freelancer that I might be able to train up to do this for me if necessary, but prefer hands on if possible, guess I’m more of a control freak than I admit!

Thoughts? Experience? Anything?


[Caz McDonnell]

by Ando Perez at 2008-03-18 18:21:14 UTC (ed. Apr 30 2008 ) St.Ives, Cornwall , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Why not get an epson flatbed? is this too big? Physical Dimensions

  • Width: 10.71" (272mm), Depth: 18.7" (475mm), Height: 4.5" (113mm), Weight: 9.1 lb (4.113 kg approx.)


by [former member] | 18 Mar 2008 18:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
I’m afraid that’s a little too big. If I wasn’t carting it around all the time, I would go for an Epson V700. Still too big.

by Ando Perez | 18 Mar 2008 19:03 | St.Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
The nikon coolscan V is pretty good. I have one and have been traveling back and forth to Europe with it. It is more heavy than big but not too bad, it can certainly fit in a carry on but I usually check it…

by [former member] | 18 Mar 2008 19:03 | Stuttgart, Germany | | Report spam→
I’m thinking that in my little VW T25 van that we travel and work from, I’m just going to have to skip out on film and scanner. Just can’t work round the practical requirements of space, good refrigeration, etc…may just have to stick with digital.

by Ando Perez | 29 Apr 2008 13:04 | Lisbon, Portugal | | Report spam→
Why not using a old slide duplicator fix it on a Digital camera and walha you make of analogue images a digital images negative but at photoshop invert and go ??

by [former member] | 29 Apr 2008 16:04 | The Hague, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Interesting thought. Was originally hoping to shoot 35mm, medium format and Holgaroid and SX70, been copying the latter with a good macro lens. Trying to get my kit right for a long trip I’m about to embark on. One of those where I’m leaving it open ended, and going with the flow.

by Ando Perez | 30 Apr 2008 06:04 | St.Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
try the Plustek 7200 series
I have one and use it when Im out of town. 1/3 or 1/4 size of the flatbeds. greats resolution.

they have 7300 or higher now. mine is 2years ago. they have more advance model now. try to research on that bro!

by Buck Pago | 22 Dec 2008 10:12 | | Report spam→
I’ve got to tell you, the thought of any scanner rolling around in a van just makes me a little doubtful. The vibration and bumps, I would think, would kill it pretty quickly, no matter how good it is. (I’ve taken apart Imacons… I’m pretty familiar with the delicate mechanism. I don’t even like to move those beasts around on a table, nevermind bash ‘em around in a van. If nothing more, the alignment of the light is critical.) I’d basically figure any scanner you subject that to you’ve got to think of as disposable.

The copy camera idea may be really good, but I’m thinking even a small copy table with a lightbox and easel for small prints would be bigger than you want. Shooting negs and converting them to positives is a lot harder than “Invert”, too… that is, if you want your colors anywhere near accurate. (Don’t start on me bb! :)))))))) )

I’d say, on the “Am I dreaming?” score, well, yes.

…but you know. Dreaming is good.

by [former member] | 22 Dec 2008 11:12 (ed. Dec 22 2008) | | Report spam→
traveling with a Nikon Coolscan 4000 (newer one is the 5000) has been no problem. with bubblewrap to help protect it, it fits into a briefcase-size bag. been on a lot of airplanes, in the trunk of the car for thousands of miles. no problem.

by [former member] | 22 Dec 2008 15:12 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
and wouldn’t you know, i am selling my nikon 5000 for $950. its in perfect shape but i have decided to settle down for a bit and am picking up an 8000 or 9000.

by sbramin | 22 Dec 2008 16:12 | ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
OK, yeah I’ll buy that… (Alan, not s.b., sorry) Especially in an anti-shock (vibration) case. Those are actually pretty rugged little boxes. But a flatbed or an Imacon, no way.

by [former member] | 23 Dec 2008 14:12 | | Report spam→
the best scanner i ever invested in was tossing film and going digital.

by Tyler Cacek | 25 Dec 2008 03:12 | Columbia, Missouri, United States | | Report spam→
ok HE said that. i was just thinkin it.


by [former member] | 25 Dec 2008 15:12 | | Report spam→
WOuld it be possible for you to get a flatbed scanner and ship it ahead of you on your travels?

by James Colburn | 25 Dec 2008 17:12 | McAllen, Texas, United States | | Report spam→

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