[Darkroom] photo scanners

Kelly hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 21:19:10 UTC 2011

I recently bought a V600 for about $170 on amazon. It scans faster
than the 500 and it's about $20 more. I think it might also scan more
negs at once. I forget at the moment but you can look it up.

I am totally sold on the Epson Perfection line, incidentally. And I
will tell anyone who asks. V500-700 are all awesome depending how much
you want to invest. I also had a V300 briefly and it's totally fine,
but scans only one strip of negs at a time I think and I just decided
it was worth going up to $170 for the nicer model. The jump from 600
to 700 is huge though and I think it's only worth it if you have lots
of expendable income.


On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 10:05, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
> I went through this issue about a year ago, where I wanted the most perfect
> scan, to get all the colors right. I became extremely frustrated with
> different scanners and scanning softwares, couldn't get the same results
> that the photolab I was previosuly using would get. Eventually I emailed
> them and asked what their magic was, and their response to me came out to
> basically saying that scanning is another part of the photo process, just
> like picking the right exposure settings or filters on the day of, temp and
> developement times, etc, and that I shouldn't go crazy with getting the
> perfect scan.
> It all comes down to what looks good to you and running with that.
> --
> Rubin Abdi
> rubin at starset.net
> "M.J.S" <mjs94080 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Im really concerned with scanning color slides and I want them to come out
>> true.
>> The best for color slide is the Nikon Coolscan, but I cant find a driver
>> for my Vista O/S...
>> On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 3:19 AM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
>>> M.J.S wrote, On 2011-08-20 19:25:
>>> >  Im tryin to get all my old projects in digital.
>>> > Doesnt seem like any of the scanners in the darkroom work.
>>> > Theres no driver online for the Nikon Coolscan, the Minolta has no
>>> > cartridge, and theres something
>>> >  wrong with the flatbed.
>>> The G4010 in the Darkroom works fine, though I kind of destroyed the
>>> 35mm strip holder long ago and the replacement hopper doesn't seem to be
>>> for that model (as much as HP told me over the phone that it was). If
>>> you're scanning slides then no hopper is needed, just slide them into
>>> the lid. There should be a nice wordless picture of how that works on
>>> there somewhere.
>>> Here's some old stuff I scanned with it...
>>> http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=98601772@N00&q=g4010
>>> There's a wiki page for it.
>>> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Darkroom/Resources/HP_Scanjet_G4010
>>> Which contains links to Windows and Mac drivers. The think should work
>>> under VueScan (though I hate that pile of software now), I'm happy to
>>> give you access to a working copy of that if you want to give it a try.
>>> Also works under Sane if you're into free like speech.
>>> If you're still having trouble trying to get it to work email back here
>>> and I'll see if I can remember any details, but for the most part I
>>> plugged the scanner in, installed some drivers, and the thing started
>>> working.
>>> > Has anyone used an Epson V500 before?
>>> After seeing the results that the V700 provided I decided to just burn
>>> the extra cash and go with that plus some 3rd party 120 loader that
>>> flattens out negatives better. Here's a nice review of the V700 and some
>>> text about what extra comes with the V750...
>>> http://www.imaging-resource.com/SCAN/V700/V700.HTM
>>> One of the nicer things about the V700 compared to the V500 is there's
>>> more of an area to lay down negatives at once (24 total frames), which
>>> reduces down the number of times you need to swap out strips. I think
>>> the V700 also does ICE better but I could be wrong. It also supports
>>> firewire if that's your kink (kind of wish it was USB3 now).
>>> After futsing with it for a few months, I've decided that VueScan's
>>> shortcomings in UI and remarkably horribly customer interaction makes
>>> Epson's own scanning software far more superior, especially when you
>>> have tons of stuff to scan.
>>> The scanner is huge and sort of sucks for transport, otherwise I'd bring
>>> it to Noisebridge to scan.
>>> --
>>> Rubin Abdi
>>> rubin at starset.net
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