"Best Flatbed Scanner for
|Epson Perfection 3170
My choice for the best flatbed
scanner available for under $200. today.
For many years UMAX was the scanner of choice for everyone in the
graphic arts industry. At first we thought anything close to $1,000 was
a pretty good deal. The the competition started developing and scanner
prices fell very rapidly to about the same level as we have now.
Canon and Hewlett Packard were pretty quick to dominate the office
computing scene, and in time Epson took over the home user and garphics
industry largely due to the popularity of their color inkjet printers.
I have to admit that I am also mostly swayed by look and feel. For many
years I really got off on that heavy no-nonsense look of the UMAX
scanners, and their software had a lot more manual controls (at a
certain point the software became more automated, UMAX became more
mainstream, and I lost interest).
Actually with the availability of digital cameras I lost most of my
interest in flatbed scanners. There are some things that digital
cameras don't do as well as flatbed scanners though, so I do still use
them when necessary. Lucky for all of us the flatbed scanner technology
has improved so much, that you can now get away with an under $200.
scanner for most jobs.
The last couple of times I was in the market for that under $200.
scanner, either for a client or myself, the best choice ended up being
an Epson scanner. The present recommended model being the Epson
Perfection 3170 Photo Scanner.
* 3,200 x 6,400 dpi resolution, 48-bit color, 3.4
* 1-touch color restoration with Epson Easy Photo
* Fully automated operation, plus 2 advanced manual
* Built-in 35mm filmstrip/slide and medium-format
* Hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, PC and Mac
Perfection 3170 Photo Scanner
PrimeFilm PF1800U USB Film Scanner
One of the fun things about photography is buying a lot of equipment,
sometimes usefull, sometimes not.
When I was very young and worked in a Professional Photo Supply Store
in Los Angeles we would throw a lot of junk that we couldn't
sell into a bin and sell it at a low price just to get rid of it.
Well as the saying goes, one persons trash is another person's
treasure. Photographers would go wild digging the little odd bits and
pieces out of the pile, which would enhance their photography in one
or another. Making good use of junk is an old photographic tradition.
A lot of photographers also pay a lot of money for exotic soft focus
filters and buy elaborate contraptions to contain these filters. But
one of my old friends, a Playboy photographer, made his fortune using a
cheap black scarf that he found by accident and bought at a five
and dime store checkout counter.
So what I'm getting at, is that every once in a while we all need to
convert 35mm film into a digital file. A good Nikon scanner can cost
thousands of dollars. So I searched around on Amazon and I found a 35mm
film scanner for US$ 149.99 (that is the price today anyway). At that
price this is practically a
disposable item. It has to be better than a flat bed scanner and
probably does a fairly decent job. Or maybe it does something strange
that will create your next masterpiece.
If you are interested, I would check
it out immediately because there seems to be a limited supply.
- Scanning type: 35mm
- Image sensor: Linear
Array Color CCD
- Color mode: 36 bits per
- Grayscale mode: 12-bit
- Optical resolution: 1800
dpi (or 4.2 million pixels for a 36 x 24mm
- Maximum resolution: Software
enhanced to 19200 x 19200 dpi
- Light source: Cold
cathode fluorescent lamp
- Scanning buffer: 512 K
- Preview speed: 10
seconds for color
- Scanning speed: 35
- Max scanning area: 36mm
- Interface: USB
- Power adapter: Output
-12V DC /1A , Input - 100VAC or 240VAC, Frequency: 47Hz
- Width: 6.54 inches
- Height: 2.60 inches
- Depth: 10.55 inches
- Weight: 1.65 pounds
- In the box: Power
cable, USB cable, user's guide Pacific Image Cyberview
twain-compliant driver for PC (plug-in for Mac), Presto Page Manager
(with image folio), and Mr. Photo Gold (with photo album)
- Compatibility: PC and
- Warranty, labor: information
Super CoolScan 9000 ED
Engineered to meet the
standards of imaging professionals, the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED is
designed to handle a broad range of film formats such as 35mm, 120/220,
16mm, 6 x 7, 6 x 9
film, electron microscope and more. True 4,000 dpi optical resolution,
A/D conversion of the input signal and a 16-bit output combine to
brilliant, color-true images.
Users in fields such as advertising and studio photography who
regularly work with 120/220 format films will value the SUPER COOLSCAN
9000 ED’s versatility and superior scan quality. Photo enthusiasts who
own medium-format cameras will also appreciate this high-performance,
A true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi and 16-bit A/D conversion allow
the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED to produce images of incredible overall
and a broader dynamic range helps reveal the details concealed within
darker portions of a scene. Multi-sample scan capability of as many as
passes ensures faithful reproduction with smoother gradation. Newly
high-quality 3-line CCD sensors contribute to high image quality, as
as fast scanning (35mm: 40 seconds; 6 x 9: 185 seconds).
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