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From: "Kith-n-Kin" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] OT- 'mobile scanning'
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 17:32:08 -0700
Sorry for the late reply to this, but I've been "off-list" for a while, trying to catch up with other
I concur with the http://www.docupen.com/ comments, and with the idea of the Cannon Lide, and a couple of
others that utilize the USB port.
As to the utilizing of a camera, I have a whole kit set up to make this easier.
Beginning with an (in my case) Olympus Camedia E-10, which is an older model 4 megapixel camera with a
couple of important features -- a good lens and a "macro" closeup feature. Other features I like are a
wireless remote, and a flip-out LCD viewfinder. I've used other cameras, but that is what I'm used to, so
probably won't change, even though there are smaller cameras that do as much now. Oh, and a really big
media card <G>
Second is a "quadra-pod" stand. http://home.earthlink.net/~quadrapod99/ This telescoping copy stand
allows you to set up a production line. With it I have a small battery powered tube lamp (from the
grocery store) that I've fixed to clip on a strut. It works better than a flash-light, but not as well as
some other applications I've seen since. I also have a small (from the hardware store) level that lays on
top of the camera to make sure it is straight.
I've used this in court-houses throughout the south, and in relatives' living rooms, and it works great
for photographs, handwritten certificates, and ledgers. With the ledgers you have to increase the height,
and _practice_ till you get the adjustments right.
If anyone cares, you can't use it (the camera by itself, or the combination) in certain libraries, such as
the Ellis Library at University of Missouri, Columbia, but can at other places. Ask first.
Best of luck to you.
Pat (in Tucson)
Nosco vestri atavi est ingredior intellego vestri ego
(To become acquainted with your ancestors is to begin to comprehend your self)