35mm Film Scanner recommendations

johnny

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I currently use an ageing Umax 3450 flatbed scanner with cheapo transparency adapter, which has never produced clean or satisfactory negative scans.

I'm looking at getting a 35mm Film scanner and have come across the Primefilm 1800AFL from jessops for £199. Does anyone have any experience of this, or use something similar?

I Would be interested in maximum print sizes that you can get away with and the level of detail in the scans.

Thanks
 

Dubbing Mixer

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I have a Nikon which is great for trannies and negs but was twice the price of the one you've seen. I guess it just depends what you requirements are. The very clever dust removal for trannies was important to me so I paid the extra. I think the level of detail is really quite amazing and I would blow the results up to the same level as photographic prints. I think using film to shoot still gives me more latitude than electronic (at least the ones in my price range) that said I do use a Nikon 995 for some stuff for magazine publication because it's just so convenient.
 
M

minimad

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I've looked quite carefully at these units in the past, they do a scan at 1800 x 1800, 42 bit.

you can find details at

Jessops Scanner

I didn't buy one purely because I've got no money at the mo!

I've currently got an Epson Perfection 1250 with tranny adapter which does the job v v well (for me anyway!).

A friend has the Perfection 1650 Photo which is even better.

Hope this helps.
 

johnny

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Dubbing Mixer

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The Minolta was high on my list but the Nikon came up first at a sensible price. I'd go for it.
 

johnny

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Originally posted by Matt F
Johnny - I've just spotted the Minolta Scan Dual II at a stupidly cheap price and it's a great unit:

http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/scanners_pg.htm

Hope this helps.

Matt.
Cheers for that Matt, but I've decided to go for the Scan Dual III as its going for £280 online, I think the extra £30 is probably worth it.

Now £264 at dabs.com!
 

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