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From: Gordon Banks <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] OT - Scanners for Genealogy
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2004 12:14:59 -0800
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The Microtek 6800 using Vuescan software (www.hamrick.com) does a very
good job on medium and large format negatives. For 35mm negatives, I
use a Minolta Dimage III, which does a very good job on those. Unless
you are a pro, investing in a medium format negative scanner is probably
too much. They are very expensive.
I also recommend Vuescan. It will usually do a much better job that the
software that comes with your scanner.
On Sat, 2004-01-03 at 19:15, Julie wrote:
> FYI... this scanner doesn't do negatives as Patt noted. A friend of mine who
> is a photographer recommended a standalone scanner for negatives (for
> quality etc.) as the scanners that come w/adapters don't always do negatives
> well. I decided if I needed to do negatives I'd use his <g>.
> I scan my genealogy docs, letters, etc. at 600 dpi or less (same as Patt
> too!). Haven't seen any issues so far - and quality is good.
> This is only my second scanner (first is an old parallel port UMAX not
> supported in XP) and I love how fast it is!! The software bundle is pretty
> decent too as it comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements, a little sister to the
> full blown Photoshop - very little it doesn't do, and am still learning.
> I've successfully fixed up several very marked up 100 yr old photos.
> Visit My Genealogy Home Page
> Visit My Home Page
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2004 10:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [TMG] OT - Scanners for Genealogy
> > In a message dated 1/3/2004 5:34:49 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> > writes:
> > <<I've got a Canon Lide 50 (USB 2) and I'm quite happy with it. specs are
> > below... cost about $83.00
> > a.. Scanner type: Flatbed, color and monochrome
> > a.. Scanning area: 8.5" x 11.7"
> > a.. Color depth: 48-bit
> > a.. Gray scale: 16-bit
> > a.. Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi; 9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated
> > a.. Optical density: 1200 dpi
> > a.. Focus control: Automatic
> > a.. Scanning speeds: Information not available
> > a.. Zooming: Information not available
> > a.. Light source: 3-color RGB LEDs
> > a.. Photoelectric device: Contact Image Sensor (CIS)>>
> > I bought this one too. As Karla said in her email they are light and
> > to carry around. I packed it in my luggage buffered by alot of clothes. It
> > a lock which allows you to lock the scanning mechanism so it won't be
> > I didn't scan 1000 but managed over a 100 on the trip. Its very thin and I
> > can fit it in the outside compartment of my laptop bag. I met a cousin at
> > restaurant in Abilene, KS and she brought photos which I scanned as we
> > after our meal. (the scanner doesn't need an AC outlet just connects to
> > laptops USB port)
> > I also agree that 2400 is overkill. I scan at 600dpi and save in TIF
> > and those files can be hugh! I haven't done negatives but you'll need a
> > scanner to do them.
> > Patt Ricketts
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