Oh dear, I’m driving myself nuts here.
I am hemming and hawing and wondering what I should do. I want to get a decent (I hold no hopes for professional, just decent) transparency scanner. I have tons of slides and negatives I’d like to scan. I know I can’t expect professional quality but I’d like to get maybe 5 x 8" or 8 x 10 " prints at 300 dpi. And I’d like them to look decent.
Right now I have an Epson Perfection 1650. It has a transparency adapter. It scans prints and drawings just fine for my needs, but the negative and slide scans are just OK. Some downright suck, others are decent, but still not quite “there”. They always lack some detail and the color and detail is never as good as the local “Hour Photo” type photo shop’s CDs. (I usually get those. I have them put all my pictures on CD when I get my film developed.)
So, I am trying to decide: do I keep the Perfection 1650 for my flatbed scanning needs (scanning prints, drawings, etc.) and get a “dedicated” film scanner? There’s a reasonably priced scanner from SmartDisk that sounds quite tempting. There are few reviews for it, but one Mac user gave it 4 Mac Mice. That’s good. But, it only (so far) works with Mac OS 9x, and I like using Mac OS X. But I can switch to OS 9 easily enough if it’s a good scanner and worth the bother.
Or, I can upgrade and get a better Epson Perfection scanner. The recently discontinued Epson Perfection 2450 which has some high-end features (that I may or may not need) sounds really good. Or, I can get the Epson Perfection 2400 which sounds like it’s not quite as nice as the 2450 in scanning quality.
At this point I’m leaning towards the SmartDisk film scanner. It’s small, dedicated to scanning transparencies, and I already have a flatbed scanner (the Perfection 1650) that I like, so why do I need another flatbed? But I could be wrong. What do you think? This is really bugging me. I can spend about $200 - $300. Please help me decide!
Oh, and if you know of any other scanners (flatbed w/ adapter or film scanner) that will really do OK with transparencies (and work with USB or Firewire and are Mac-compatable), please suggest them! Thanks!