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| p.1 #7 · Help with slide scanning |
I have posted this question on a couple other forums without much luck. I am hoping that a few here will be able to help me out.
Have any of you used a service to have your old slides scanned? I don't have a huge number of slides. If I did I'd probably look into buying a quality slide scanner. The ones I've found that seem to be good quality run a minimum of about $350. Slide scanning services seem to run around $0.20/slide.
I'd appreciate any input and help you can give.
I use a Nikon 9000 but it is more like $2000 than $300 (i was lucky to even nab one a couple years ago, for a while B&H would get a brand new copy in for list price, just one or two copies every 3-5 months or so and one day I managed to nab one in time, they tended to sell out on day of arrival in stock, it's quite possible there last trickling supply chains have run out for good now, not sure)
It's diffused lighting makes it do a better job than the low end coolscans, it doesn't over emphasize scratches,emulsion bubbles or grain quite as much and it also doesn't have the light flare where a bright sky next to a dark horizon has the light leak into teh horizon like with the coolscan v. it also has auto dirt removal that actually works with kodachrome slides (most hardware IR direct removal doesn't work with kodachrome).
it's a slow, tedious process, but the results are pretty good (wet mounting would make them reallly good, although i suppose nothing quite matches a top end drum scan)
silverfast and vuescan make software that is better than manufacturer provided software
i don't know what they best options are at $350, i didn't look into that much
I don't have many samples online:
grain/bubbles/dirt with no IR auto dirt removal (doesn't work on v anyway) test: