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Old Sep 16, 2007, 9:57 AM   #1
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Hi,

I am looking for a Photo Scanner with a document feeder to scan thousands of old 4x6 and 5x7 photos.

Using a flat bed scanner would take me months (years?) - so I ideally need something where I can plop 36 4x6 or 5x7 photos in a photo feeder, press a button and have it feed through, scan and save all my photos in a particular role.

I don't need to scan negatives - just 4x6 or 5x7 photos.

Does such a device exist?

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Old Sep 23, 2007, 9:12 AM   #2
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Bump.

No ideas anyone? What about the Fujitsu ScanSnap?
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Old Sep 24, 2007, 9:39 AM   #3
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I've read several discussions on that and there doesn't seem to be a consumer level machine made that will handle photos in bulk. Feeders are usually limited to regular paper documents. The Fuji you linked looked promising, but if you go to the link for photos they have to be put in a special holder so they will feed. It appears you get only one of the holders. A regular flatbed would be better as a consumer scanner IMO.

Whether you use a digital camera with a good lighting setup or a scanner it is labor intensive to digitize photos.


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Old Sep 30, 2007, 9:37 PM   #4
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I can't believe there isn't a product! Surely I'm not the only person with thousands of 4x6 and 5x7 photos to scan.
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 8:37 PM   #5
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I am also looking for such a product. I have no film to scan; but loads of 4"x6" photos of my family taken moons ago to scan and preserve. Hence a scanner with document/photo feeder will be essential. A flatbed scanner is out of the question.
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Old Oct 3, 2007, 9:13 AM   #6
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I googled a bit and got a hit on HP Scanjet 5530, which is quite bulky.
This HP 5530 scanner has a built-in Auto Photo Feeder (APF) that can take 20 photos of 4x6 size in one go. Unfortunately, user reviews seemed to indicate the APF was not quite reliable and caused many jamming incidents.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/images...e/1193full.jpg

Shopper.com showed two vendors have the 5530 in stock. A refurblished one costs $215 and a new one costs $270

http://shopper.cnet.com/scanners/hp-...-30670367.html

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Old Nov 3, 2007, 10:21 PM   #7
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ok, this might not be ideal, but I read an article in the USA Today newspaper last week that indicated www.scanmyphotos.com could scan 2000 4x6 or 5x7 photos for $99. Sounds promising. Has anyone ever used their service before?

I would love to know what technology they are using!

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Old Nov 5, 2007, 8:46 PM   #8
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Mike - Thanks for your post and the prior inquiries aboutsuper-fast photo scanning. Just today, we have received scores of Live Support questionsdue to this post on Steve's DigiCams. Shows how well read it is!

The USA Today mention[clickhere for anearlier (March)USA Today profile] about ScanMyPhotos.com was one of dozens, best profiles were in The New York Times and coverage in The Wall Street Journal. Scores of "In The News" posts about our super-fast scanning are available on the "In The News" section at ScanMyPhotos.com.


Because this is also a technical photo blog, best way to share how we scan 1600- 2000 pictures for $99.95, incl all postage and handling is to see the Kodak.com web site.Our company was founded in 1990 and is a well-known imaging industry leader, and Kodak supporter. We also have a video blog showing how it works; it wasprepared and hosted by The Orange County Register and is linked to our "In The News" section.

See the Kodak.com website Customer Profile:

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/dpq/site/TKX/name/StoryScanMyPhotosCom

Not to be too commercial, but the scanners are so fast, that your pictures, including Polaroid's are all completed and back in the mail the same day. The holiday special is buy 2 boxes, get the 3rd prepaid box free = more than 5,500 pictures scanned for $199.90. Or you can mail us your own photos, in your box and pay just $49.95 for up to 1,000 pictures. But, I recommend you add the Photo Enhancement feature and order and review the other new products too. Slide and negative scanning are also available, but at separate rates, but with the same day turnaround.

And, our partnership with the U.S. Postal Service is important from a technology stand point for carefully handling the workflow and delivery of all shipments. [See news link.]

Our WebServices Photo Specialists are working 'round the clock. Any ?s, click on the 24/7 Live Support help desk link on the home page.

Hope this is helpful, but one favor: How can we improve ScanMyPhotos.com? What other services and photo products would you like us to share with you? For 17-years, our goal has always been to constantly work to improve our service and add more features, so if you have ideas on how to make ScanMyPhotos.com even better and more useful, please let is know email: info (at) ScanMyPhotos.com.

Mitch Goldstone
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ScanMyPhotos.com
Irvine, California








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Hi Mitch - I read that article last week and cut it out. I was all excited to move forward with my huge boxes of 5x7's, but then I looked at your website. It doesn't instill a lot of confidence that you're a reputable firm (no offense). I would STRONGLY recommend you spend some $$$ on your website to give it a more clean/professional/modern look. For most people, their photos are the windows to their life and they want/need to feel confident in your company. It starts with a clean/professional looking website.

I would also recommend you spend some $$$ on SEO. I have experience in this area because I've taken my own company through the process and I would be happy to discuss it with you. Send me your email ([email protected]) and I will contact you directly. I don't sell SEO services, but I can advise you of some firms that do and the benefits.

Since you've taken the time to respond to my post and promote your service personally, I will go ahead and move forward with your service. But just know, that had you not responded to my post, I likely would not have moved forward based on "first impressions".

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Old Nov 6, 2007, 7:57 AM   #10
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Mike - Thanks so much for your candid comments and recommendations. I certainly will contact you today.



The magic of what we do, and how we stand out in an otherwise bland commodity business, is to invest everything in the technology and infrastructure. We created the super-fast photo scanning, and as seen in the national media, are the regular standout with our brand and profiles. Another very good profile is due next week that further describes the importance of digitally protecting your generations of photos with ScanMyPhotos.com.You are right; the website is intentionally designed to be low key. Today, anyone can have a flash-driven, glossy-looking site, but ours is more about the service than style. We want our customers to trust us, rather than the pictures on a website.More money goes into our "24/7" Live Support help desk than in SEO, but we should add to that too.



That said,if it mattered to you, it matters to us as well. Thanks for your pending order, and a post with your comments and experience after the order is completed is also an invaluable learning tool.



Nearly 90% of our orders come from outside our state (Calif) because of the trust factor; we have scanned more than 3.5 million pictures, plus slides and negatives.



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ScanMyPhotos.com
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