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Old Apr 2, 2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with Epson Scanners? Looking at the Perfection V600-have lots of old 35mm negs and slides shot with my old Pentax Super Program.
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Old Apr 2, 2012, 1:59 PM   #2
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Anyone have any experience with Epson Scanners? Looking at the Perfection V600-have lots of old 35mm negs and slides shot with my old Pentax Super Program.
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Hi, I've no experience of Epson scanners, but as a general observation I've

always found that scanning slides or negatives with a a flatbed scanner very

slow, and results somewhat disappointing. I got far better and sharper

results with a homebrew slide copier attached to a camera.

To give an idea of time involved ... processing on the scanner was around 2

minutes per slide, I could copy 36 slides in about 20 minutes with the camera

method. Just my thoughts ... hope it helps. ... Jack
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Old Apr 2, 2012, 2:42 PM   #3
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Here's a picture of the prototype homebrew attachment. Technique is to mount

the combined unit on a tripod, and point it at a bright patch of sky, drop the

slides onto the carrier, P&S camera set to a 2 second delay, full zoom (3X) just

gives a full frame shot press the shutter release allow auto focus to finish, then

let it do it's own thing.

Results were far superior to any with the flatbed scanner. ... Jack.
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I'm a DIY'er as well, except mine is slightly more "ghetto" than Jack's, but it works fine as far as I'm concerned, here's a negative I "scanned" the other week.

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This is an old 35m slide from the 1970's scanned with my epson V500 - I find it does a better job than taking a photo of the slide
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I tried the scanning method and found it to be most cumbersome. Instead, I too ued the slide adptor that fit over the lens of my DSLR and expedited the process significantly. I then edited the images using PSE.
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[QUOTE=Tachikoma;1293726]I'm a DIY'er as well, except mine is slightly more "ghetto" than Jack's, but it works fine as far as I'm concerned, here's a negative I "scanned" the other week.

Good one I like it !, that looks like some of my earlier experiments that led to the final design.

Below is one of my results from a batch of slides that were deteriorating due to age, so some processing has been done to restore them.

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Old Apr 3, 2012, 8:28 AM   #8
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I have used an old Canon flatbed with a lighted cover and slide holders. It scanned 5 slides at a time then processed them and split the scan into 5 files automatically. The results were very good. below is a link to a review.

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Thanks for all the replies-looks like everyone has found a way copy the 35mm slides and negatives. I have a really old Canon scanner but it doesn't do very well-the Epson got high reviews. Thanks for all your comments.
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The Epson you are looking at looks great, it has slide holders and an overhead cover mounted light source, should work great, I would assume the software will split the scans into a file per slide or neg. that will speed things up for you

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