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Billy T
14-08-2010, 08:12 PM
Hi Team

No. 1 son is preparing for his 21st, so we have a lot of photos to scan for the obligatory 'wall of shame' projection slide show.

My scanner is ancient and slow (HP5100C), so I need to buy a new one that can not only scan photos (hopefully in groups?) but can also scan negatives in groups of four or six maybe.

Budget is finite, so I can't row the boat out on top of the line professional stuff, but I need something that is reasonably fast and produces good results. I've looked though PriceSpy and checked a few reviews but I'm thoroughly bamboozled. :waughh: :help:

So, I'm looking for recommendations from satisfied users...............

All/any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

icow
14-08-2010, 08:35 PM
http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4c66549f00761d5c2741c0a87f3b06c5/Product/View/XP6490

johnd
14-08-2010, 10:35 PM
I am not sure how much faster it would be - but I am satisfied with my Canon lide25 - see http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/scanners/canoscan_series/canoscan_lide25#DriversAndSoftware

notechyet
15-08-2010, 06:04 AM
Unlee you are in need off a scanner for other and continued use I would get it done elsewhere like here (http://www.hanafins.co.nz/shoebox-scanning/pricing) and reasonable in price

mikebartnz
15-08-2010, 02:44 PM
I have a Mustek BearPaw. It will do 4 slides or negatives and as many photos as will fit on an A4 area.

linw
15-08-2010, 04:57 PM
NOT "hopefully in groups?". DEFINITELY in groups!! Even getting two per scan halves the time. And when you are scanning all the old family stuff........ Nuff said.

Sorry, can't help with recommendation - mine is far too old (Canoscan 8400f) (but still works).

notechyet
15-08-2010, 05:14 PM
I have a Mustek BearPaw. It will do 4 slides or negatives and as many photos as will fit on an A4 area.
Got one of those (BearPaw)in a box waiting for a good use................... for the last five years?

BBCmicro
15-08-2010, 05:25 PM
Projecting the slides on a screen and photographing the screen with a modern camera does a surpisingly good job.

I say this in spite of having a Canoscan dedicated film/slide scanner (which is slow due to being USB1)

Billy T
15-08-2010, 06:10 PM
Unlee you are in need off a scanner for other and continued use I would get it done elsewhere like URL="http://www.hanafins.co.nz/shoebox-scanning/pricing"]here[/URL] and reasonable in price

Although we still have the negatives, I would never entrust all our family memories to NZ Post, a Courier or the hands of another party.

Fortunately I need a new scanner for my work anyway.

Am currently assessing other responses (except the DSE link, not a lot of help but thanks for the thought) so watch this space.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

mikebartnz
15-08-2010, 06:17 PM
Projecting the slides on a screen and photographing the screen with a modern camera does a surpisingly good job.

I say this in spite of having a Canoscan dedicated film/slide scanner (which is slow due to being USB1)
I tried that and was very disappointed with the results.

Billy T
15-08-2010, 09:39 PM
NOT "hopefully in groups?". DEFINITELY in groups!! Even getting two per scan halves the time. And when you are scanning all the old family stuff........ Nuff said.

Do they output (separate) the images into individual files? I assume so, or you'd be cutting and pasting forever.

I've had a look in Price Spy, but is it just me or is it much harder to see a list of models that it used to be? As I see it, now there's more bumpf and less information.

Maybe its a PS window configuration thing I haven't picked up on yet. :illogical

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

plod
15-08-2010, 10:01 PM
My parents have just got a dedicated slide/negative scanner from HN. They found it to have a much better result then a flat bed scanner with slide attachment. One of the designers at work has just taken photographs of some old sports team photos with a DSLR and tripod and has had great results and a lot quicker then using a scanner( no good for slides/negatives).
Do you know anyone with a drum scanner? (I remember you mentioning you had a relative in prepress?)
PS pricespy is a pain in the ass too use now

notechyet
16-08-2010, 04:32 AM
PS pricespy is a pain in the ass too use now
X2

Cicero
17-08-2010, 09:04 AM
No team here to my knowledge,lots of keen individuals though!
You might like to try this lot.

http://www.playtech.co.nz/formwcs0142342/ask_the_expert.html

SolMiester
17-08-2010, 09:09 AM
Unlee you are in need off a scanner for other and continued use I would get it done elsewhere like here (http://www.hanafins.co.nz/shoebox-scanning/pricing) and reasonable in price

Thats a great suggestion!

Snorkbox
17-08-2010, 10:12 AM
You may like to check out this one.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=359875

I have a Mate that has one. Will take four slides or 12 negatives at one time so he tells me. You may get it cheaper elsewhere or not.