CHEAP FILM SCANNERS MAKE GOOD PAPER WEIGHTSin Editorial
By billkaroly/Bill (3,388)
on February 24, 2003 7:47:27 PM CST
EditorialCHEAP FILM SCANNERS MAKE GOOD PAPER WEIGHTS by Bill Karoly
I learned this hard way. Cheap film scanners make good paper weights. Hopefully you will not make the same mistake I did when choosing a film scanner.
Last summer (2002) I decided to get a film scanner so I did a little research and discovered two promising scanners. They both touted 3600 dpi and a dynamic range of 3.6. One was from Kodak and cost about $800 and the other was from Pacific Image costing about $470. Like a dummy I went for the less expensive and bought myself the PF3600Pro from B&H Photo in New York.
The PF3600Pro appears to have the makings for a great film scanner. It scans slides and negative strips. The strip feature I really liked because I could scan a completely uncut roll of film up to 40 frames at one time. Besides which it could also do slides.
But boy oh boy was I ever wrong. The PF3600Pro does an ok job when it comes to film but slides scan way too dark. I've had two PF3600Pro's so far and it looks like I'll be sending the second one back for a replacement.
The first scanner was noisy and had obvious scan lines when scanning at 3600 dpi so they had me send it back and sent me a replacement last October. The replacement is quieter operating but still exhibits scan lines especially with a roll of Ilford HP5 I recently scanned. Then a strip of five negatives has gotten stuck in the scanner. The PF3600Pro is one of the few scanners that can scan black and white. From a customer service stand point Pacific Image has been great.
My suggestion is to take a look at one of the following film scanners: Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II
Nikon CoolScan IV
Nikon CoolScan 4000
All of the above scanners include Digital Ice which makes for cleaning up dust and scartches a breeze.
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