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negative scanner that can do 35mm, slides and large format negs??

Anam Stubbington , Jun 11, 2005; 10:49 a.m.

whats a decent scanner that i can get to do the above tasks?? I have a limited budget so recommendations for about the ?100-?150 ($200- $300) mark would be appreciated...

(am on a pc with usb)

currently i have an agfa but it doesnt do negs, also a lot of recommended scanners so far only do 35mm...

help & thanks


Jack Paradise , Jun 11, 2005; 11:18 a.m.

Only a flatbed scanner will fit into your budget.

All depends what you mean by large format: is it 120-200 size film or real large format like 4x5 or larger ?

If its for 35mm and 120 or 220 roll film check out the Epson 4180

It you need 35mm and 4"x5" than the Epson 4990 or the Canon 9950F.

Craig Schroeder , Jun 11, 2005; 11:22 a.m.

I bought a Canon 9950F, mostly (and impulsively) based on the pre-release hype as I was ready to buy something right about then. I was initially quite disappointed and have gradually learned which films and settings tend to be more productive and predictable. I don't know if these vary from unit to unit or what but it seems that people either love or hate theirs. Once I purchased a decent photo printer, I was surprised at how much better the prints looked than I was perceiving on the screen. A friend has the Epson in this price range and I would say that overall, they're quite comparable but the Epson seems to have many more fans on the discussion groups. I would place these machines at the absolute minimum for quality expectations and predict that you would be very frustrated with anything less.

Misc info: The film holders have been spoken well of on these and I also felt this way initially but have found a number of times that I had trouble with varying film widths on 120/220 films. There have been some that I simply could not get to work correctly and to have stay seated and flat without undue side tension.

The platen mode is quite effective on the Canon. I prefer traditional emulsions (B&W) for my darkroom work and these seem to give the most trouble on the scanner, even with fine grain developers. The Delta and Acros emulsions seem more compatible so far for me on the scanner.

Ted Harris , Jun 11, 2005; 02:27 p.m.

The Canon 9950 has had less than stirring reviews in the large format world. If you truly mean large format (e.g. 4x5 or larger) then your entry level scanners are the Epson 4990 and the Microtek i900 (the Canon is here too). Note I said entry level; either will give you adequate performance if you are printing no largr than 8x10 an dmaybe 11x14. Neither of these are in your price range new but you can find used Epson 4870's and 3200's that are largely the same as the 4990, they just can't handle 8x10 film. In the used market you can also find Agfa Duoscan 2500's in your price range and, overall they are better scanners than the new entry level machines ..... but you can't use them with a USB connection, they require SCSI.

You might want to take a look at the article in the current issue of View Camera magazine where a wide range of scanners are compared and discussed specificallyfor large format use.

Rich 815 , Jun 11, 2005; 04:44 p.m.

Get a used or refurbed Epson 2450. Great scanner at full price when it was new, even better at today's prices---$100-150. Your 35mm scans will only be ok, fine for web use, while you MF and larger will be great for printing up to 11x14 or so. Is it cutting edge? No, the $400 or so Epson 4990 is but I used a 2450 for years and got fantastic results.

H. C. , Jun 12, 2005; 01:36 a.m.


Don't forget the Epson 3200... predecessor to the 4990!


Anam Stubbington , Jun 12, 2005; 05:25 p.m.

thanks for all the answers... the largers negs/slides are fromt he 60's and 70's so nto sure what size exactly...

will look into the scanners mentioned above...

Aaron Linsdau , Jun 15, 2005; 12:18 p.m.

Just realize that your dollar range limits your scan quality. Also, be aware of Moire patterns on your 4x5's against the glass.

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