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May 1, Year 2012. Be aware of that this page is not updated any more. Sorry!
Info about scanners
How to Select a Photo Scanner, what do you want to scan and what do you want to do with the scans? KenRockwell.com gives you some answers
Scanner Reviews from Imaging Resource, sorted by manufacturer, is also a quite good place to start searching for your new scanner.
Canon 9950F! The scanner that ends Canon's dedicated film scanners now when they announce the launch of the new flagship to its CanoScan scanner range: the 4800 x 9600 dpi 48 bit color depth CanoScan 9950F. The world’s first flat-bed scanner to offer 30-frame capacity for 35mm filmstrip, the 9950F also incorporates an aspheric element lens – Canon’s own ‘Super-Toric’ lens – for unsurpassed levels of clarity, contrast and image quality. Canon's new range-leader features FARE Level 3 – the ultimate infra-red film correction and enhancement system for precise, automatic dust and scratch removal, color restoration, plus grain and backlight correction. QARE Level 3 offers a similar correction and auto-retouching functionality for photo prints. A fast scan engine, moving backlight FAU, extremely efficient light capture system and USB 2.0 Hi–Speed / IEEE1394 FireWire connection combine to deliver super-quick 3.6 second previews and exceptionally fast scan times. The slim contours, aluminum hairline finish and robust build of the 9950F are consistent with its position at the top of the CanoScan range.
How I correct my scanned images in my digital darkroom! (Only in Swedish for the time being, unfortunately
A great site from Wayne Fulton to offer some scanning tips and hints, fundamentals and other basic scanning information to help us to get the most from our scanner. Although you find most of the information on this website the book is well worth the money. I bought it myself
From his book I quote " Video
Resolution - How much to scan? As an example, if we
intend to scan a 1 inch width and want an image with
1024 pixel width, then we need to scan at (1024 pixels
/ 1 inch) = 1024 dpi (good luck, this is quite extreme,
unless we are scanning film). Or if we will scan an 8
inch width and need an image with 400 pixels of width,
then we scan at (400 pixels / 8 inches) = 50 dpi.
Remember that "dpi" is Dots Per Inch, meaning
pixels per inch.
From the article " Understanding Resolution" I personally, at last, understood more about the concepts of input and output resolution and I am not so terribly confused any more, as to what settings to use, and when.
Confusion between image size and resolution is a perennial favorite. To illustrate, it is convenient to think in terms of destinations which I try to illustrate here!
Curious about some of the most frequently asked questions from a scanner newsgroup! What to buy? Which resolution to scan? ....
Peter Jones has at his website Digital Photography Reference collected some useful information's you can use both before you buy your first scanner and when you start too use it.
You might also get some hints from one of the scanner newsgroup like comp.periphs.scanners or alt.comp.periphs.scanner
The myth about 72dpi scans for the web images!!
How do you store your images after scanning? Probably at least your grandchildren are interested that you keep your digital images safe and in a good shape! I am myself strongly in favor of the Tiff format for archiving of digital images!
Word of advice 1: In a newsgroup I read
the following question: I've read somewhere that
printed photos (positive / regular size) can't
contain more information than 300dpi. If this is true
why should I buy a 1200 dpi (optical) flatbed scanner
(or even a 600 dpi) ?
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A buyers guide for Printers
Today's all-purpose and Photo printers offer impressive quality and speed, whether you are printing photos, homework or just about anythingAll-Purpose Ink Jets
Photo Ink Jets
EPSON STYLUS PRO 4900, AUTOMATED COLOUR ACCURACY.Achieving 98 percent PANTONE®* coverage, this 17-inch printer offers superb automated colour accuracy with remote proofing capabilities.
Arguably, the Epson 3800 is the most popular and highest performing desktop printer currently on the market according to a review at luminous-landscape.com. Now you also can get for free from Adobe's Eric Chan who has now created "profiles" that let us print accurately in ABW mode. These are freely available for most popular papers. Find out more. Now , september 2009, Epson Releases Stylus Pro 3880 Printer
- TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2007 - Epson Develops a Next-Generation Inkjet Print Head Using an Original Thin-Film Piezo Element That Has the World's Highest Degree of Distortion
Epson seems to be on a crusade to make printing on CDs and DVDs a standard feature for ink jet printers. The three models, Epson Stylus Photo R200, R300 and R800 have this capability. And doing so easy. The R200 is the choice for a tight budget. The R320 fills a gap in their line between the R200 and R800. Its output quality comes close to matching the R800.On April 11, 2008, the editors of the 27 member photo and imaging magazines from 11 European countries met in Rome to discuss the association's projects and to analyze the photographic scene in Europe. They also voted for the best products launched by the industry in the previous 12 months.
HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Printer. HP has taken an excellent professional level printer with top quality output in the B9180 and modified it to make it accessible for the photo printing enthusiast who does not have the need for Ethernet connectivity and printer control through an on-board readout. The printer is aimed at the hobbyist market, and I am sure that it will be very popular especially if the street price is lowered. HP have another potential winner to add to their repertoire. Epson US has announced the Stylus Pro R2880 printer. It is a replacement for the popular 2400 model, Read more at The luminous landscape about the new printers 2400, Stylus Pro 4800, 7800 and 9800. Epson's specs on the 4800 / 7800 / 9800.
The Canon Pixma Pro9500 is the first model in the Pixma series to utilize pigment inks and 10 color ink cartridges. Why pigment inks you ask? Well pigment ink is considered to be the industry standard for commercial output of photographic and fine art prints. In fact, Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. , a company that conducts research on the stability of traditional and digital color photographs, rated prints from the Pro9500 as lasting 100 years when stored under archival conditions. Read more at steves-digicams.co .
The PIXMA MP970 Photo All-In-One Printer is Canon's top-of-the-line multifunction photo printer. With a MSRP of $299, it lists for $100 more than the closely related MP610. All PIXMA Photo A-I-O devices provide print, copy and scan capabilities in one machine. So let's examine what you get for the extra $100.
Epson Stylus® Photo Series Ink Jet Printers
Photo Printers Plus according to PC Magazive January 2008. With hot competition in the dedicated photo printer market, manufacturers are adding valuable extras to entice customers.
The photographic printer market has been dominated by Epson for most of its 12 year history, and especially since 2000 with the introduction of pigment-based inks. But no marketplace can remain secure for just one vendor for long. Earlier this year we saw the introduction of the first of a series of pigment printers from Canon, the iPF 5000. Though announced in the spring, HP's entry, the B9180 has now finally started to ship as well. The in depth review of that company's first challenger, the HP Pro B9180, is now online at luminous-landscape.com.
Learn about the frequently asked questions from a printer newsgroup! What to buy? Clogging and print head problems! Running costs?
Vilken upplösning skall jag skanna in ett foto för för att få bästa utskriftskvaliten? ( Only in Swedish for the time being)
Anyone opening the Epson printer driver for the first time can't help but ask which option is best. The documentation doesn't exactly give any clear advice on how to produce good quality prints other than to say - "choose Automatic". This short step-by-step should give the new/novice Photoshop 6 user some better guidance.
Word of advice: If you are printing
exclusively to a desktop inkjet printer, it is
generally best to use a resolution of between 200 and
300 dpi. You will rarely notice any improvement with
Pixels, Dots, and Inches: How Big Can I Print It Go to "Printer" and then " Getting Started " and you will find this document!
Making fine prints from negatives or slides in your digital darkroom by Norman Koren. In this tutorial he will share his techniques for making fine museum quality prints, both color and black and white, starting from negatives or slides. This part tells you what you need to get started. Part 1A tells you how to calibrate your printer with your monitor, part 2 discusses scanning and part 3 discusses image editing. You will learn a lot from here. At least I did
This issue presents a visual comparison between the various print outputs produced by Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak, and Olympus photo-quality inkjet and dye-sublimation printers. Most of these printers have the identical parts used in other models, usually wide-body version of the regular width printers, and all printers in the same line have the same print quality.
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