Which scanner?

  7 14:06 18 Dec 2005

I am interested in buying a scanner. My requirements are:
1) i should able to scan photos which r suiatble for presentations.
2) also with goodsoftwares like OCD.
3) also scan negatives but not necessary.

thanku for reply.

  jack 14:35 18 Dec 2005

Read the reviews in PCA is the short answer.

For my advice any of the Epson Perfection series to suit your pocket.
Others will say Canon/HP/ etc.

  Stuartli 15:06 18 Dec 2005

A Canon, Epson, HP etc will serve your purposes although, for film negatives, it's generally best to use a dedicated film scanner (often sold very reasonably at click here. co.uk).

Some flat bed scanners can be used for negatives but the resolution levels are not as high as a film scanner.

It's worth noting that many scanner products are actually rebadged versions of specialist manufacturers' models and may, in fact, turn out cheaper to buy than the original.

  PA28 15:56 18 Dec 2005

I am a Canon man through and through - their products can't be beaten in my book. So it might sound strange that when I bought a new scanner last year, I actually opted for an Epson 2580 photo over the Canon equivalent. And haven't looked back since as the quality and speed are both absolutely A1. The 2580 has been superseded now, but I understand the new model is also as good. As advised, read a few reviews.

  PA28 15:58 18 Dec 2005

PS - scans 35mm negs and slides to a quality quite sufficient to enlarge to A3. Not too easy with other neg sizes. Get the model with the auto 35mm loader if you're going down the Epson route - it makes life very easy.

  7 00:25 25 Dec 2005

can somebody comment on cannon 42000F. any comment will be appreciated. also advice on any other scanner plz. i want to buy it now as sale is on so hopefully i'll get cheap...

  7 00:48 25 Dec 2005

also comment on epson perfection 3590 as compared to cannon 4200F.

  GaT7 19:23 25 Dec 2005

The price for one thing - the Epson 3590 is about £16 dearer.

* Canon 4200F
- Cheapest link? £68 click here)
- Reviews:
click here & click here (& scroll down)

* Epson 3590
- £84.50 click here)
- click here & click here

Others to consider:

* Epson 3490 (the only difference apparently is the 3590's greater capacity film holder)
- £61 click here)
- click here & click here

* HP 4850 (the best specs for the price/Res of 4800x9600)
- £91 click here
- click here

There are more, so all depends on your budget. As I'm also after a scanner, I've been doing some research over the past few weeks & will most probably go for the Epson 3490, mainly because of the low price & good reviews. Unfortunately, no prices have been lowered (yet), so what sales do you speak of? G

  GaT7 19:27 25 Dec 2005

Forgot to add that the above prices include shipping. G

  GaT7 19:39 25 Dec 2005

The latter comes with an Auto Film Loader built into the top [for greater convenience] when scanning 35mm film strips (from click here). G

  GaT7 19:46 25 Dec 2005

Difference between 3590 & 3490 - the FORMER comes with an Auto Film Loader built into the top [for greater convenience] when scanning 35mm film strips. G

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