need scanner advice

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by glocke12, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Seems like this would be the best forum to ask this. I have hundreds of family photos, some over 50 years old I would like to scan in order to have copies printed for distribution to family members.

    I now have two HP c4280's (both "free" as a result of buying a MBP and an imac), the specs for scanning are below:
    # Scanner type: Flatbed
    # Scan resolution, enhanced: Up to 19200 dpi
    # Scan resolution, hardware: Up to 1200 x 2400 dpi
    # Bit depth: 48-bit
    # Levels of grayscale: 256

    Will this be enough for me to get good scans of photos that can than be sent to a photo lab for printing, or in some cases repair/restoration ?(some are torn).

    Or would I be better off just selling these two, and getting a dedicated scanner like the Canon CS8800F Color Image Scanner

    # Color Depth: 48-bit color
    # Maximum horizontal resolution: 4800
    # vertical_resolution: 9600
  2. Pooba macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2008
    Chesterbrook, PA

    Stay away from UMAX scanners. Good scanners. REALLY BAD scanner software.

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