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Thread: Large scans on a student budget?

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    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    I got the same problems when I was a student, it's really hard to afford thing like that if your not from a rich family, just doesn't seems fair.

  2. #22
    multi format
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    Feb 2001

    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    a bunch of used epson 4870 currently costs less than $100 on ebay, I got mine "refurb" from Epson almost 20 years ago and still use it.
    I've scanned everything from big prints to glass plates to 5x7 sheet film, and I've been thinking of replacing it with the same scanner...
    refurb from epson it was barely more than they currently cost on ebay used ...

  3. #23

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    Jan 2019

    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    You don't need a high resolution scanner for just a submission. Any scanner will pretty much be fine. Cross one bridge at a time. An older Epson or Canon or even HP would be fine for the submission as long as the transparency unit covers your neg. If you are only doing black and white then any light box with your Hassy back will be fine as well. No need to buy a fancy one.

    If you get accepted then worry about the hi res scans then.

  4. #24

    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    As a fellow photography enthusiast, I understand the challenge of scanning large-format films on a student budget. I've had to work with limited resources and find creative solutions in the past. I even write an article about it, you press in a show more and read it. Based on your situation, it seems like using a digital camera to digitize your negatives could be a viable option. You already have a Phase One H25 digital back, which can be used to stitch multiple captures together. Investing in a light table could also help improve the quality of the scans. If you are willing to take a risk, you can also look for a functioning used Epson scanner online, but be sure to thoroughly research and inspect the product before making a purchase. Another option is to reach out to photography communities or forums to see if anyone is willing to loan or rent you a scanner. Just remember, the most important thing is to make the prints and have them acceptable, even if they aren't of the highest technical quality.
    Last edited by Albert Rice; 2-Feb-2023 at 05:01.

  5. #25
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    Aug 2004

    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    taking a digital picture of the neg is your best and cheapest way to go other than setting up a darkroom.

    tracing tablets are cheap...

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    Dec 2012
    Big Rapids, MI

    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    You didn't state how many negatives that you need scanned, but you may want to check out these folks, they have a stellar reputation. While I've never used them, I have contacted them and they are willing to scan any neg's: color or b/w.

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