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    Well, I pre-ordered a 9950f scanner thinking I would cancel the order if the initial reviews were not glowing. I found my order sitting by my front door this afternoon. So I guess there are some units shipping. I'll fire it up and compare a scan to my Epson 3200.

    I wasn't intending to be on the leading edge here.

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    Hey Don,

    What I'd really like to know is will it scan an 8x10 transparency all in one go? (The flatbed/light area would appear to be big enough? but they only list up to 4x5 - 8x10 holders can always be jury rigged, but it needs to actually be able to do it....) Would love to know
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    Tim, after I do my initial scans I'll lay four 4x5 sheets on the glass and we can see what the edges look like. The scanner comes with a holdler for 12 mounted 35mm slides. I estimate that it uses about 6.5 x 8.5 inches to do the 12 slides. The longest I need is 6x17.

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    So my decision here is to keep or send back the 9950f. I'm a color shooter, it's fall, and I'm traveling about five days a week for the next four weeks. Either it gets sent back tomorrow or I miss the return period.

    So with that background I'll say that the Canon scanner is way better than my Epson 3200. Sharpness, color and handling of dynamic range. Very fine detail from my Epson always looks like mush. With the Canon the very fine detail is soft but the edges are their for sharpening. It looks much more like a drum scan before unsharp mask.

    I compared a 2400 dpi scan from the Canon to a 3200 dpi from the Epson. Automatic brightness with all other functions, including sharpening set to off. I'm not going to spend a lot of time evaluating the images because a small near-sighted child could immediately tell which image is better. Tomorrow I will try some very dense chromes to see how it pulls out the dark details.

    Exploring the full hardware resolution should be interesting but I don't have time now and resolution really isn't the issue with these low cost scanners and large format.

    Remember, sample size = 1. Operator error = possible. So don't go buying this scanner based on my 45 minutes of experience. Perhaps I have a bad 3200. But I don't think so because my fine detail from the 3200 looks like other full res images I've seen posted.

    Vincent at photo-i is scheduled to do a real review. Perhaps he already has his machine.

    The 8x10 question: I'll try an approximation of an 8x10 tomorrow. The lamp measures 7.5 inches. I assume 8x10 isn't 8x10. What is the actual size of a 8x10 chrome?

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    These are from EPSON Perfection 3170 Photo(3200dpi), EPSON EXPRESSION 10000 XL(2400dpi), IMACON Flextight 343(3200dpi). Sorry for many watermarks.


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    If I can get that target I will scan it.
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    I shoot mostly 6x7 and the lab cut my negs or trannies into strips of two or three frames and sleeve them. If I use this scanner, do I put the strips into the scanner or do I have to cut them into individual frames?

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    HC Lim, the scanner has holders for both individual MF up to 6x9 as well as a strip holder. I plan to scan 6x17 with the strip holder.
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    I'd like to post three jpegs that compare the 9950F to the 3200, but I can't log onto my web server account. Can someone host these three jpegs? Email me if you can help. Thanks.

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