12th St David

12th St David

Posted on 08/15/2013

Photo taken on May 26, 2012


Olympus F. Zuiko 35mm f2.8
Kodak Ektar 100
Olympus XA

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Olympus XA, Kodak Ektar 100

Here's a shot from last year, from the original XA. (Incidentally, XA Mk. II is now having some film transport problems. Sometimes it seems that the film reel doesn't take up, but I only seem to notice after thinking I've shot a whole roll. Sigh.)

More broadly, folks, I now have something like 9 rolls of undeveloped film clattering around. I'm a bit stuck -- getting all those rolls developed and scanned per my usual process will be pretty costly (especially if I get the hi-res NCPS scans I prefer). It might be time to cave and buy a good scanner (which might also get used for various family history projects).

The problem is this: I hate scanning. All that time! All those choices! I really do like the luxury of having it done for me.

So I've been spinning around this particular hamster wheel for a while.

Uh, any thoughts on scanners? There are really only a few out there. I'd want to do mostly 120, also 35mm and occasionally 4x5, though that's pretty rare. Canon? Epson? What separates the ones that sell for around $200 from the ones that sell for $500+?

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Jan Normandale
Jan Normandale
I'd look at an Epson V500 with the LED's.. it's fast and pretty good for 120 especially. Some people don't like the holders but I think it's a quibble. If I want really good scans for printing I take them to a lab with an Imacon scanner
3 years ago.
12th St David
12th St David
Thanks for the advice! Just to confuse me even more, Epson just released a new 550 model. I guess I should be glad that they're still selling scanners aimed at film scanning, but now you've got the Epson v550, v600, v700 and v750, to say nothing of the Canon 9000f. Too many choices!
3 years ago.