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Old Jun 8, 2003, 7:46 PM   #1
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I am thinking about getting a scanner. Don't know anything about them. What do I look for if I want to scan images. I am about to get a ton of old b&w photos that belonged to my mother. I would like to put them on cds for family members. In addition, we have lots of color snapshots, a few of which I would like to scan and edit.

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I should add that I would like any suggestions for brands and models, and of course, I don't want to spend a lot of money.

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As a general rule, the higher the DPI rating (optical) the better. Watch out for "interpolated" resolution. This is like digital zoom on a camera, it is NOT the true resolution. Get at least 600 DPI optical resolution.

I've only owned two scanners. My first was a low end UMAX. It was OK, finally died after a few years. I replaced it with an Epson 1250 Photo. The photo refers to the transparency scanner that comes with i for scanning slides and negatives. This is a MUCH better scanner. You get what you pay for.

Epson has closeouts and refurbed scanners on their site. You should be able to get a nice scanner for what you need for $100 or less.
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