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Should I buy a flatbed scanner or a film scanner? Of course price is important but many " experts claim you will get better results with an inexpensive film scanner. "Better " is in the eye of the beholder, but you'll have a lot less hassle scanning prints with a flatbed, negatives invariably require quite a bit of post-scan manipulation and blatantly show dust marks and scratches that aren't even visible to the unaided eye. Privately I just bought (July-2001) the Epson Perfection 1640SU Photo. I am impressed how easy it is to get high quality scans. It is great for producing scans for web use or up to 11" x 14" from my 6x6cm trannies. I agree a film scanner is always better but its also 3x the price (8x in the case of medium format film scanners). You get what you pay for but I wouldn't say my images are worse than a sub-$500 digicam. Quite the opposite.

flatbed scanners How to Select a Photo Scanner, what do you want to scan and what do you want to do with the scans? gives you some answers

bläckstråleskrivareScanner Reviews from Imaging Resource, sorted by manufacturer, is also a quite good place to start searching for your new scanner.

flatbed scanners 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.

flatbed scannersHow I correct my scanned images in my digital darkroom! (Only in Swedish for the time being, unfortunately

bläckstråleskrivareA 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.
It's still a hard question however. What size do we want? Are we scanning to fill a quarter of a 640x480 screen, or to totally fill a 1280x1024 screen? Only you can answer questions about your purpose.
But if scanning for the web, keep in mind that many people use 640x480 screens, whether you do or not. It is a very good idea to switch to 640x480 and check your own web pages.

Understanding Resolution You might also be interested to know, before you buy, a little about: How much detail can you capture and scan? Two popular film formats were tested: 35mm (image size approximately 24mm x 36mm, or 0.94 x 1.41 inches) and 4x5 (image size approximately 97 x 122 mm, or 3.8 x 4.8 inches). Promise you will learn a lot!

Understanding Resolution 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.

Understanding Resolution 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!

bläckstråleskrivare Curious about some of the most frequently asked questions from a scanner newsgroup! What to buy? Which resolution to scan? ....

bläckstråleskrivare 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.

bläckstråleskrivare You might also get some hints from one of the scanner newsgroup like comp.periphs.scanners or alt.comp.periphs.scanner

ink jet printers The myth about 72dpi scans for the web images!!

ink jet printers 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) ?
I can understand that people get confused when the scanner manufactures still insist in specifying scanner resolution in dpi instead if ppi, pixel per inch. If you are going to output your image to an inkjet printer scan with 1/5 to 1/3 of the printer output resolution. Why this? The printer resolution is referring to addressability of the ink-dots, and not the resolution of the image. In modern inkjet printers several print head ink dots are required to make one image dot. This means that the printer's image resolution capability is much less than the advertised dpi numbers. Does this make sense? Lars Ekdahl

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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 anything
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ink jet printers 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.

ink jet printers Arguably, the Epson 3800 is the most popular and highest performing desktop printer currently on the market according to a review at 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

scannertest - 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

ink jet printers 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.

ink jet printers 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.

ink jet printers 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.

Canon i865 Color Bubble Photo Printer 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 .

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 R260 and R380 photo printers Epson Stylus® Photo Series Ink Jet Printers

Epson Stylus Photo R260 and R380 photo printersPhoto 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.

HP Pro B9180 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
red bullet gif image Learn about the frequently asked questions from a printer newsgroup! What to buy? Clogging and print head problems! Running costs?

red bullet gif image Vilken upplösning skall jag skanna in ett foto för för att få bästa utskriftskvaliten? ( Only in Swedish for the time being)

red bullet gif image 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 higher settings.
If you are doing prepress work (which I know very little about) I will simply quote Len Hewitt from the Adobe's Photoshop User to User forum. He knows what he's talking about.
" When you halftone an image, the best resolution you can get is the frequency of the halftone screen. So if you use a 1:1 over sampling ratio, your image resolution, (at 1:1), should be that of the halftone screen. 100, 120, 130, 150 ppi. However, this is only going to work really well if the halftone screen is aligned with the pixel grid. If it's turned at an angle, you'll get dropouts and really bad averaging. So you need to get between 1.16 and 1.18 pixels per dot as a minimum to get good averaging and to compensate for screen angles. You can improve the quality of output on any image to an over sampling ratio of about 1.25:1. Problem images, (herringbone tweed, for example), can require as much as 1.4:1. Beyond that, nobody can tell the difference. "
Michael Reichmann at says March 01, 2002 :
Make a print at 240 dpi, 280 dpi, 300 dpi, 320 dpi etc, etc.
Sit down and look at them, by eye and with a loupe. I believe that what you'll see is that below 240 dpi there is a visible degradation and above 360 dpi no visible difference can be seen.
Motto of the day... Test things yourself and trust your own eyes!

bläckstråleskrivare The "Printer Repair Board" will keep you on top of the nuts and bolts in the industry. Technicians from around the world post collective answers on the toughest printer problems out there. Response is anywhere from immediate to 1 business day.

bläckstråleskrivare Pixels, Dots, and Inches: How Big Can I Print It Go to "Printer" and then " Getting Started " and you will find this document!

bläckstråleskrivare 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

red bullet gif image 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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