I'm relatively new to the digital fold, but I'm an "advanced amateur" with alot of b/w negs (mostly medium format). I would like to archive/alter/print these and just recently got an epson V 750 scanner. Each scan takes up to 10 min to scan if done at high res. I plan to print mostly on max 13 x 19 paper on an epson r3000 printer.. If anyone has some advice on what is the recommended resolution to scan these babies, would be greatly appreciated. Tx
I would recommend scanning at the native resolution of the V750 which is 4800 pixels per inch (ppi). The reason being that scanning is a time consuming process, there is no way around this. You might as well maximize the quality of the scan (even though it will take a little more time per scan) so that you then have a true archival digital copy of your treasured negatives. From there you will have the widest options available to you on how to process that digital negative later.
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I second the idea of going for the best you can get at the earliest chance. I have been trying to digitise my older photographs. I can tell you that cleaning up the ravages of time can take far longer than the initial scan at any definition. To my intense regret some cleaning can never be achieved. I have found creases are far easier to hide than the more general, diffuse damage by what I suspect to be fungus.
Sun 22-Apr-12 11:31 PM | edited Sun 22-Apr-12 11:37 PM by robsb
Enesto I don't understand your answer. Both the V700 and V750 have an optical resolution setting of 6400 dpi not 4800 dpi, and you might remember from my analysis of my V700 with an AF resolution target I was able to determine what actual resolution you obtained at that setting scanning a slide. The best I got was 2580 H and 2299 V using the 6400 dpi setting. This is just under 6 MP. The link in this forum is:
If you want a quality image yes. Remember that the achieved Resolution on a V700/V750 with a dedicated film lens is only near 6 MP and if you consider that you may want to crop your image than it is even more important to have as much info as possible. When you scan at lower settings the achieved resolution falls off very quickly. I have another post on this forum about the same time as the post I linked that discusses my experiments with that. Since I use my V700 with Silverfast Archive Suite 8, I can automate 12 slides. I make Archive copies that have an IR channel and I use that channel to eliminate dust and scratches and then I create a 48 bit color image that I further process in CNX2 or Photoshop. I set everything up and walk away and the scanner does its job and puts the images in a file I specify. Yes my files are big, but storage is cheap.