need scanner advice

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

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a

    glocke12

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    Jan 7, 2008
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    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

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    Chesterbrook, PA
    #2
    Scanners

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

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