scanner ideas

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Interested in buying a scanner for digitizing old family photos. Any suggestions? Mostly have prints. Any suggestions on software for the scanner?

Thanks

Dave
 
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I picked up an Epson 4990 Pro flatbed last year. The "pro" version came with Monaco EZ Color for scanner/printer calibration (and monitor if you get the puck somewhere), and Silverfast AI scanning software. The normal Epson scanner software isn't bad for simple scans either. It comes with a slew of negative holders for 35mm strips, slides, 4x5 negs, 120/220 strips, and 8x10 sheet films. I've done a little bit of all of those with reasonable success. I have trouble with some slides and older negs, but overall it hasn't been bad.

Here are some samples, click for larger sizes:

9x9 negative, cropped slightly due to scanner bed size


9x9 B&W negative, cropped for content
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645 B&W Negative


Old print, about 3"x4"


Deteriorating Ektachrome slide from 1976
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I'm very pleased with Silverfast AI. I have it for both my flatbed and film scanners. It is the best I have found for scanning color negatives.
 
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