I have a number of 35m transparenies which I wish to scan and put on CD. I have also an ongoing need to scan old photos. I am the local Parish Council's photo historian. My system is old Win 98SE. But it does have USB (1). Need a recommended and not too expensive Flat Bed Scanner. This will replace my aged but good Colorado D600. Please help.
I recently installed an Epson Perfection 2480 Photo and am very pleased with its performance. It scans negatives and slides much better than my dedicated Black Widow Filmscan 2000. I had to replace this because Devcom (Black Widow) has since gone bust and an XP driver isn't available. My complaints with the Epson is its bulk and the fact that you have a power supply and cables cluttering up the desktop. Also it is quite slow, and keeps stopping, sometimes in the middle of a scan, while it "warms up." So you could be doing something else while all this is going on.
I have the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo flatbed scanner running on Win 98SE on USB 1.1 Excellent results. Think the 3490 has superceded this one. Have a friend with the 3490 and gets the same results as me. Excellent.
I have scanned numerous 35 mm slides using an Espon 1660 which is now at least 3 years old. You are probably aware of this but you need to scan the slides at a high resolution (ideally at least 2000 but I get away with 1200 dpi) as you end up having to enlarge the slides. Old slides need colour correction as some get a blue tinge with age. This and the memory size of the scan can make it slow work especially with USB 1. You do not state how much RAM you have on your 98SE PC. The more RAM the better. If I was starting again with a 98SE PC I would go for a dedicated film scanner for the transparencies. See Stuartli's second para.