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    will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    I saw on the internets somewhere that said someone did it. I see it can do 4x5 negs. The glass area looks large. I'm wondering if it can just be masked out with some cardboard and scan 8x10 negs?

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    yes.

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    Vinny, is this something you know from experience? Do you have, or did you have, one of these?

    I'm interested because I was unaware of any other scanner outside the Epson V700/4990 that could handle negs up to 8x10. In the little bit of internet reading I just did on this HP scanner, it's hard to tell - not many people scan 4x5 or 8x10 negatives these days.

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    Yes it can. However the scan quality is not as good as the epson scanners. I have a g4050 at home and use a v750 at work and the v750 definitely produces better scans.
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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    Thanks vinny. For my 8x10's, I just wanna good look at the negs before I start doing some alt process on them.

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    I had a G4050 and it will scan 8x10 (I've scanned four 4x5 negs in one go) but there was a bit of distortion at the edges of the scan bed on my copy. Not horrible, but I noticed it. I also noticed a considerable amount of digital noise in the image. If you're just using it for proofing it should be fine though. Look on your local Craigslist, you might get lucky. I sold mine for $40.

    There's no film holder for 8x10, nor any guide marks. Lay it directly on the glass and keep in mind that you need to keep the calibration area unobstructed.

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    FYI

    G4050 works with Vuescan X64 in Win7 64.

    In the quest for a cheap scanner I bought a G4050 (no holders, no power adapter, just the bare scanner). Vuescan list this scanner transparency support only for the X32 version.

    I have the X64 version and with the latest drivers from HP is working perfect. I didn't install the HP software, only the drivers. Compared with Epson 3200 I see no difference.

    I can do 8x10 at 2400dpi fast (as fast as 4x5 on Epson at 3200 dpi). The maximum 4800 dpi resolution is not working at 8x10, the software hang on after 1/3 of the job.

    The preview is very fast. Negatives on the glass works best for me, I've done some cardboards frames/guides but you can work without them. For 8x10/5x7 proofing is perfect. Together with Xray film is a cheap entry in LF.

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    You can still buy G4050 new and the latest drivers are 14.5.1 from 12 Feb 2014

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    I've scanned ~500 8x10s on mine, never had any issues. It's a bargain scanner that does a decent job all-around. I scan in color so I can use the reasonably good dust removal, then process in Photoshop.

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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    Any chance of it running on Windows 8.1 ?
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    Re: will HP G4050 scan 8x10 negs?

    Amazon shows 2 kinds. Are they the same or equivalent? If not, which one is the one to get?

    http://www.amazon.com/HP-SCANJET-G40.../dp/B000LZIGIC

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000LC52X2/..._t3_B000LZIGIC

    Thanks very much

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