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Scanners for digitizing photo prints...

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Posted on November 19, 2020 at 14:44:06
dean_martin
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My wife wants a scanner to digitize some old photo prints. Gotta come thru this year cuz this Santa dropped the ball last year. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

 

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Epson, posted on November 19, 2020 at 15:05:15
Batman
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I have two. They come with great software and do a good job. The current V39 would seem to be adequate for the task. The only limitation is that the maximum document it can scan is limited to 8-1/2 by 11. My older unit can do legal size documents.


 

In general ..., posted on November 19, 2020 at 15:10:54
free.ranger
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I advise steering for the middle ground between those deemed worthy of scanning film and those labelled "document" scanners. One end is super high spec and expensive, and if not interested in film then no need for the expense. The other end is lower cost and likely not good enough for quality photo print scanning.

Epson and Canon are the big dogs making several models of interest.


 

Depends, posted on November 19, 2020 at 15:43:39
AbeCollins
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If you're a "photophile" as much as an "audiophile" you'll want a midrange or better quality photo scanner.

On the other hand, I just use my 7 year old Canon MG6320 printer / scanner. It's discontinued but it's basically just your typical office printer / scanner. It has a flatbed scanner and no document feeder so in my case it's one manually placed photo scan at a time. It will output to the computer or the scanner's SD memory card.



 

RE: Scanners for digitizing photo prints..., posted on November 19, 2020 at 19:52:42
stan2
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that's good advice you have here already. Unless you're looking for perfection for big enlargements or selling, a good flatbed will do it. If it's just a handful and you want them done with top-notch equipment, there are places to send them and get professional output on equipment normal people are not going to be buying. A modern photo-quality flatbed scanner will do a nice job on prints, negs or slides. Epson has had a good rep for that over the years.

 

RE: In general ..., posted on November 19, 2020 at 20:53:19
pictureguy
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If you are ONLY scanning prints, you'll need a flatbed.

I have an ANCIENT Minolta Dimage IV and it handles strips of negs or tranparencies.
And takes FOREVER. It is a USB 1 device and in no way Mac Compatible.

For photos? I don't see you needing more than 300dpi resolution. It might be more of an issue to consider the Bundled Software. OR if your copy of whatever will interface with the proposed scanner.


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Thanks, guys!, posted on November 20, 2020 at 15:04:53
dean_martin
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Your recommendations jump started my search. Looks like Canon and Epson lead the field and flatbeds are recommended by the online tech mags. Unfortunately, the wife wants one with a feeder and she found one by "Plustek" which will require more research because I haven't heard of that brand before.

 

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