[rollei_list] Re: scanners.

  • From: Don Williams <dwilli10@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 11:49:02 -0800

At 12:20 PM 12/20/2005 -0600, you wrote:

I am looking to scan in a large # of 6x6 negatives.  My Epson Perfection
scanner, sharp as it is, cannot "find the image" on a lot of negatives
that have perfectly printable images.  I don't know why.

What scanners do folks use to scan in 6x6?  Do I need a "film scanner?"
What I have is an attachment to a flatbed.

Peter Nebergall

I'm probably on the low end of the "early adapter" list, having been one for a long time, so I don't keep updating. I am only on my second scanner, a CanoScan D 1230OU. It is a flat-bed scanner, but does have a light source for scanning transparencies and negatives and is controlled directly by my Adobe Photoshop Elements 2, again something out of date.

The CanoScan came with a variety of negative and transparency holders, however for scanning un-mounted material I made some inserts for one of the adapters which allows me to put the material directly on the platen. I have no idea why mounted slides, which are supposedly out of the plane of focus (if there is one in those scanners) seem to do quite well. There are some examples of scanned transparencies on the Rollei Gallery.

Unless you really need high production, a flat bed scanner should be fine, and the resolutions have improved significantly since mine was built.

I have heard of some Xerox film scanners on the used market, and they might be good for straight negative or transparency scanning. I've never seen one but some folks here in town have them and they seem to be getting good results.


Don Williams
La Jolla, CA

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