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    advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    Hi there,

    I've tried searching through the threads, but it's a miasma, and I wonder if anyone could offer some distilled advice on the current best method to scan 8 x 10 transparencies at home.

    I'll be printing mural-sized fine art, but what i would like to do is be able to scan these images at home first, in order to get to know the file, before splurging for the expensive drum scans that will be used for the actual prints.

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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    I use an Epson V750 with Silverfast software, and a plate of anti-newton ring glass to scan my 8x10s. An Epson 4990 will work just as fine. The secret it the glass to keep the film flat.

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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    >>An Epson 4990 will work just as fine<<

    I agree with Walter for some film sizes but when it comes to films like 8x10 that are so large they must be scanned off the scanner's glass, the V Series definitely has an edge because of the second lens which is supposed to be focused right at the glass bed level. The 4990 has one lens and a relatively large depth of field but it is a compromise in terms of focus.

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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Fisher View Post
    >>An Epson 4990 will work just as fine<<

    I agree with Walter for some film sizes but when it comes to films like 8x10 that are so large they must be scanned off the scanner's glass, the V Series definitely has an edge because of the second lens which is supposed to be focused right at the glass bed level. The 4990 has one lens and a relatively large depth of field but it is a compromise in terms of focus.

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    Hmmm. That's interesting. I've scanned a whole bunch of 8x10 b&w negatives on my 4990 and never noticed a problem with focus.
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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    I've been using my i900 from Microtek where the light comes from the bottom so no scan through glass. Lately, I've started using Scanscience fluid on the glass carrier and getting exceptional results.

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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ellis View Post
    Hmmm. That's interesting. I've scanned a whole bunch of 8x10 b&w negatives on my 4990 and never noticed a problem with focus.
    Doug is absolutely right, the 4990's focus is fixed and optimized above the glass at the filmholder height, but the difference would only be noticeable on larger prints.
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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    For the best quality scan, you will need a drum scan.
    I have scanned hundreds of 8x10 negs and chromes a year for various clients.
    I would try a local lab that has a drum scanner. It is amazing the amount of detail you can pull from an 8x10.
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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    Quote Originally Posted by IanMazursky View Post
    I would try a local lab that has a drum scanner.
    If you cant find a local lab, please pm me.
    We also do 8x10's here. I agree a drum scan is the way to go. However, I don't think a local lab is the answer. Their business model is based upon paying someone very little and charging a lot for something. I think what you need is a relationship with an experienced scanner operator who will scan it the way you want it... The relationship is what makes things work.

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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    Quote Originally Posted by IanMazursky View Post
    For the best quality scan, you will need a drum scan.
    I have scanned hundreds of 8x10 negs and chromes a year for various clients.
    I would try a local lab that has a drum scanner. It is amazing the amount of detail you can pull from an 8x10.
    If you cant find a local lab, please pm me.
    Maybe you should try reading his message before you promote your business. He said he just wants to scan at home to get the file in shape, not to make his final murals.
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    Re: advice on scanning 8 x 10 transparencies

    To go back to Chris' original question. Virtually any of the current generation consumer flatbed scanners that have the size capability to handle 8x10 will work just fine for the intended use. the same also holds true for a number of previous generations of these scanners. Even some older scanners that can ow be found very inexpensively will do the job (e.g. UMax Powerlook III, Agfa Duoscan's, etc.)

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