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Photo Scanning

Posted on 2014-01-29
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I have 3000 photos to scan and I have been looking a photo scanner that will allow me to scan the pictures with an autofeeder. However really been struggling to find one.

I don't want to ship them off as surely there is a scanner out there that can do the job...

Thoughts?  Am I just blind?

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by:David L. Hansen
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This may steer you in the right direction:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373832,00.asp

Let me know if this is helpful or not.
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by:hdhondt
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Scanning a photo through an automatic feeder is bound to produce inferior quality scans unless you go for a high-end scanner. Photos should be scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dpi (higher if you intend to enlarge them), and ADFs do not feed smoothly enough for high resolution scans.

You may be better off scanning multiple photos simultaneously on the flatbed, and using scanner software that separates them automatically. The Canon LiDE 60 is supposed to do that.

Better still, if you have the negatives, scan those. Something like the Epson 4490 should do the job.
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by:kode99
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To find units with feeders you probably have better luck looking for 'document scanners'.

I would suggest looking at the Fujitsu iX500 Snapscan.  It will do 600 dpi and does not bend documents/pictures that you run through it.  It's in the $400-450 range.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/computing/peripheral/scanners/product/ix500/

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16838115095

Not sure how fast it does photos at high resolution but it rips through double sided documents real fast and the software is pretty good.

The problem with many flatbed scanners that have automatic feeders is the paper path often does a near 180 degree turn with the paper and heavier papers won't go through.  So you are forced to manually do them on the flatbed.

Though the flatbed units are usually higher resolutions,  1200 dpi or more.  Good units with document feeders are not so much 'consumer' items and head up in price very quickly.

Given the cost of a good unit it might be less to pay to have them digitized on a really good quality scanner if this is a one time thing.  The results from negatives through a service may be better quality than scans of prints.
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Note that the Fujitsu iX500 Snapscan is a document scanner. It is optimised to quickly scan and OCR documents; it is not optimised for image work. All the software supplied is to manage documents, not images.

It may do a good enough job for you, but make sure you test it first.
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