Film Scanning Tips and Tricks

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  • So, having just picked up an Epson Perfection 3200 Photo from @Turkish I've finally sat down to work out how to get it running on my Mac running Mojave 10.14.2.

    Does anyone have any tips or tricks they could share? I'm currently only using Image Scanner as I can't get the Epson software to install for some reason.

  • epson software is not very good imo. Silverfast was alright when i used a scanner. or just scan straight into photoshop?

  • Flatbed scanners are mostly crap. Don't waste your time with them.
    The Minolta 5400 or Nikon Coolscan IV is about the cheapest you can get away with for 35mm work. I think the 5400 is actually a great scanner.
    For medium format you will have to pay quite a bit to get a decent scanner. Flatbeds are not worth it.
    Another option for 35mm is the Kodak Pakon which is very nice, scans a whole roll in one go very quickly.

    What I tell everyone is to get cheap scans done at the time of developing, and then rent an Imacon Flextight for proper scanning of your favourite pictures. A Flextight is £30 an hour and you can get 30 lovely scans in great detail done in that time. Very simple to use.

    Oh yes and read this:

  • I've had pretty good results with a V600, Vuescan and medium format.
    35mm, on the other hand, can go fuck itself.

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Film Scanning Tips and Tricks

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