View Full Version : Scanner Recommendation?

08-23-2009, 08:30 PM
I'm looking for a film scanner, as I'd like to scan 35mm and eventually 120 film. I'd also like to be able to scan the sprocket holes. Maybe one can do that as well as the other and I just need to know how to do it.

In any case, I don't think I need the newest model of anything, and the scans would be mostly for casual sharing on sites like this one. I'd like to spend around $100.

The Canoscan 8600f was a consideration. Epson has some good products too. In lieu of recommending a particular scanner, I'd also be happy to hear about some things to look for/avoid in a scanner.


08-23-2009, 08:57 PM
I use an Epson Perfection V500 for both film (35mm and 120) and non-film scanning and I have been quite happy with it. It's a a bit out of your price range ($170 shipped from Newegg).

I expect the Canon 8600f to also do a good job.

Pay attention to how much film each device can scan. The less expensive flatbeds like the 8600f and V500 can only do two strips of 35mm or a couple frames of 120 at a time because the backlight only goes down the center of the scanner.

To include sprocket holes, you'd have to scan without the film holder, which means your film will have to lay flat on its own and you'll have to either be really good at aligning it by sight, or fix it after scanning.

08-23-2009, 09:20 PM
I picked up a refurbished Epson 4490 Photo directly from Epson a while back for $100, including shipping. It does both 35mm and 120 (up to 6x12 with the holder Espson provides). I've been using it for quite some time (nearly a thousand scans, I think) and like it a lot (I did invest recently in a BetterScanning holder (which allows scanning up to 6x20 without stitching), but it was ok without it too). Check the Epson site to see if there are any deals, especially on refurbished ones if you're comfortable with that.

08-23-2009, 09:21 PM
Oh, and if you use the 120 holder for 35mm, you can get the sprocket holes as well!

08-24-2009, 07:52 AM
Same as DRC’s recommendations and experience but with the Epson Perfec.3200. Older than his will also do all you need + 4x5 (you’ll never know!!)
Just checked ebay this is $99.99
http://cgi.ebay.ca/EPSON-PERFECTION-3200-PHOTO-FLATBED-SCANNER-G860B-USB_W0QQitemZ350242886315QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item518c1a52ab&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Review: http://www.photo-i.co.uk/Reviews/interactive/Scanners/Epson_3200/page_1.htm
PS. I do not see the scanning masks listed, needs to be checked out they are adequate and handy for all the formats, I also use the betterscanning but I think is pricey for a 7-8 years old scanner.
You can make them with some ingenuity. You got that!! :) :)

08-24-2009, 10:13 AM
Just FYI, here's the very thing I bought:


08-24-2009, 12:26 PM
To include sprocket holes, you'd have to scan without the film holder, which means your film will have to lay flat on its own ....

Just make sure you don't lay the film direct on the platen, you will have a hell of a time with Newton rings appearing all over your scans.

08-24-2009, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the responses.

Just to get a taste for this... I have an Epson Perfection 1250 scanner, but I don't have the film holders that came with it. I do have the film holder from another scanner (a Canon maybe? This is all hand-me-down hardware from my in-laws). It's a combined holder for both 35mm and 120 film, whereas the Epson had separate film holders.

Do these all pretty much work the same? Can I use this other film holder on the Epson, just to get a feel for scanning film? I can't imagine the pieces are too terribly proprietary, but what do I know?!

Thanks some more.

08-24-2009, 02:12 PM
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08-24-2009, 02:13 PM
It looks like the Epson Perfection 1250 has a plug-in backlight for scanning film. Is this the piece you are missing, or are you just missing the plastic frame that holds the film? If you're missing the backlight, you'll need some other way to backlight the film.