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Old July 21st, 2002, 05:44 PM   #1
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Well this weekend I finally decided that I need to add a scanner to my shop. Of all the millions of scanners in the world, which do you recommend for less than $400.00. Most all of the work will be scanning regular size paper or smaller. I do not expect to scan anything that is 11x17. Now if there is a scanner that has this size scanning ability (in my price range), than I am all for it. My goal is to achieve the highest resolution possible for the money.

Thanks in advance for all the suggestions and comments.
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Old July 21st, 2002, 06:36 PM   #2
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Scanner change so quickly its hard to know what to recommend. One other thing to look for is either a negative scanner or transparency adapter. The scanner I use has a transparency adapter which is handy for scanning negatives.

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Old July 21st, 2002, 06:49 PM   #3
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I think the best scanner for the $ right now is the Epson 2450 Photo Scanner http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/index.jsp It is an 8x10 scanner, 48bit, and best of all has FireWire. Most places have it for $399 with some kinda of $50 gift card with purchase (Best Buy, Office Depot). It does 4 x 9 transparencies, and has slide and neg holders. I've read several good reviews of it (Steve's Digicams, Shutterbug). You won't find a quality 11x 14 scanner in your price range. The FireWire really speeds the scans up.

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Old July 21st, 2002, 10:38 PM   #4
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Check the resolution, and buy whatever has the highest you can afford. Make sure you check the optical resolution not the interpolated resolution. I think the current range of standard scanners are around 1200x2400dpi (optical) and around 9600dpi interpolated.
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 08:49 AM   #5
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"I think the best scanner for the $ right now is the Epson 2450 Photo Scanner "
I just got a 1640 model, which is similar, has SCSI interface in addition to USB, and I paid just $89 from a place in NY called usavegelt. It is very fast and high resolution.
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 04:42 PM   #6
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<<<-- Originally posted by Alex Dolgin : "I think the best scanner for the $ right now is the Epson 2450 Photo Scanner "
I just got a 1640 model, which is similar, has SCSI interface in addition to USB, and I paid just $89 from a place in NY called usavegelt. It is very fast and high resolution.
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That is a pretty amazing price for the 1640. The best I could find was in the $300.00 range. Do they have an internet site?
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 10:26 PM   #7
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check the PC magazines - they usually test several at a time.

if you are scanning text, photo's for video/web you will be happy with under $200 scanners (most are now 42 or 48 bit )...

here are reviews of scanners under 200

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,369531,00.asp
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Old July 23rd, 2002, 05:11 AM   #8
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Yep, they still have it on the first page. Go http://www.usavegelt.com/
I do not know how they do it, but they are legit. I was in NY and picked the piece up. A friend got it from them via the web. The scanner is amazingly fast and smart.
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Old July 23rd, 2002, 04:15 PM   #9
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Per Jeff's suggestion, I am leaning towards the 2450. I really like the idea of having a fire wire connection. All though if I could find a deal like Alex found, that might change my mind!
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