Trying to scan a lot of photos on a flatbed scanner has exhausted my
patience so I've decided to buy something with an auto feed and a
straight paper path. The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 is favourite at the
moment - but there are lots out there to choose from. Any recommendations?
I was bought an ix500 for a task at work. I loved it.
So much so that I bought one for myself, and have scanned about 60,000
pages with it. These were things from my office that I wanted to keep but
didn't have room for when I 'retired'.
The software is excellent, not a low quality add-on like so much else
tends to be.
I guess my only (small) reservation is that it scans only to PDF and JPEG
- no lossless scanning.
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That's good to hear. Some reviews say flesh tones have a slight pinky
tinge compared to the original, have you noticed anything like that?
Most of my pics are family snaps, destined for display on a digital
picture frame - and from what I've read (which isn't very much) JPEGs at
300x300 are OK for that. Does that sound reasonable?
On 25/11/2017 10:23, email@example.com wrote:
That is odd on most scanners they usually offer PNG lossless as well.
If you are going to the trouble of scanning them then 600dpi is worth it
and if the original is in any way precious saved as a lossless format.
If it is something rare an was a contact print off a large negative then
an even higher resolution might be justified to capture all the detail.
JPEGs you need to decide on a quality and a chroma subsampling strategy.
If the image contains fine black detail on blue or red then no
subsampling will produce a visibly better result. JPEG Quality allows
everything from nearly perfect rendition to surreal cubism at the other
extreme. I'd recommend using highest quality for original scans.
Images will look better if downsampled to the native size of the display
you intend to show them on Irfanview will automate that.
For moderate numbers of images a tripod and a decent camera will be
faster, but you will need to do some post processing either way if you
want to get the best representation of the orginals.
I scanned some family ancestor portrait watercolours (*)(about A4 sized)
at 1200dpi lossless PNG, although when I took them to be printed the print
shop said "Can we have JPGs?". Sigh. Although, once framed, the copies
were indistinguishable from the originals at normal viewing distance.
(* I was giving them to a relative who actually has children and wanted
some copies to display).
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Most software can vary the amount of JPEG compression. I wonder how much
information is lost in JPEG with minimum compression (maximum file size)
compared with a lossless compression format like PNG or TIFF - or BMP which
is not compressed at all (lossily or losslessly) so an m x n file is always
exactly m x n x bit-depth bytes long (excluding the header!).
Using Paint Shop Pro, I can't see any difference between JPEG with
compression of 1 (minimum compression) and PNG. Compression 10 may show
slight ringing. Anything above 30 is getting pretty repulsive.
On 24/11/2017 22:08, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Have you considered photographing them? The set-up takes a while but
then it's very quick. I use a greenhouse as a studio and choose a cloudy
day. I've done thousands of archive pictures that way.
On Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:29:47 +0000, email@example.com wrote:
I think you mis-understand. Why would you need to lay them out? Just
photograph them one at a time. Better if you can put the phone in a
clamp to hold it in place. Be mutch faster than scanning. Be even
better if you could borrow a proper camera, even a compact one. The
lens/quality would be much better.
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