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I need an inexpensive scanner for 4x5 and 6x6. What will do this? The Canon 8000f is the right price but I'm having a tough time finding out if it'll do 4x5. Any other suggestions? I prefer new.
A used Epson Perfection 2450 or 3200. I have no experience with medium format but as far as 4x5 the 2450 is outstanding for its price. The 3200 is supposed to be even better.
Tell me where you can get a 3200 for $200??
Watch ebay for a used Epson 2450, Agfa T1200, or similar scanners. I got my Agfa via ebay for about $100.00.
I have an Agfa scanner that will do 4x5 negs and as far as I'm concerned it's not worth the gas to drive over it. I've tried different front ends for it and still lousy results. I get all kinds of streaking and lines when I scan. My buddy who has a 3200 does great scans.
The Agfa is terrible as a photo scanner too. Maybe I just got a lemon, but I also have a pro buddy who has a high end Agfa scanner and he hates it too.
Seems Epson has this one all to themselves. Just MHO.
I use a Microtek 5900, which will scan up to 4x5 film, B&H sells it for around $150. With a scanner in that range you've got to know what to expect though, the 5900 works well for what I bought it for, proofing and making web images, it's not really suitable for nice prints. It works great for what I needed it for, but not really much more. The epson offerings, I suspect would give you much better performance, and IIRC not be too far from your $200 price range.
Come on, go the extra 100 bucks. You can get a refurbished 3200 for $299 directly from Epson. It seems to be the sweet spot at the moment.
Epson also has refurbished 2450's with free shipping for $199.00. It's what I purchased and I couldn't be happier. I have printed a 6x6 image at 12x12" from my inkjet (largest I can do) and it looks phenomenal.
I also got a 2450 from Epson, refurbished, for around $200. It works beautifully, and the software that comes with it is worth at least 1/2 the price. I have scanned 4x5, 6x4.5, 6x6, and 35mm with it, and been satisfied with all. I know some have complained about the quality of the 35mm scans with a flatbed, but I have been able to generate 4x6 prints from them with very reasonable results. It has been a great way to print some of my slides. Also, a very economical way for me to get good quality scans of slides onto the web.
I use the 3200 for 4x5's. It's great, but, for me, the focus is a tiny bit soft. But, for now, it's cheaper than a drum scan.
My remanufactured 2450 works fine. I've found it helps to scan a negative at very high resolution and then resize it in photoshop. Check it out: http://edpierce.home.together.net/
Bob, I have a couple of questions about the Agfa Duoscan T1200. On a scan of a 4X5 transparency will it give a good 8X10? A decent 11X14? Also, does it require any film holder or does the film just go on the slide-out tray? I am trying to decide whether to buy one for about $100.
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