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Old 23rd March 2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Film scanner from Aldi 39.99 - any good?

On Thursday 26 March, Aldi have a film scanner on offer (<http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/58_9232.htm?WT.mc_id=2009-03-23-11-30>).

The price seems very good but are the specs good enough to warrant rushing off to buy one?

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Default Re: Film scanner from Aldi 39.99 - any good?

Maplin have one on offer at present at 54.99 here.
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Old 23rd March 2009, 04:02 PM   #3
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David,

The Aldi scanner looks very much like the Ion USB SLIDE2PC Film & Slide Scanner advertised on http://www.guardianoffers.co.uk/ mall/productpage.cfm/guardianoffers/_TRUSLIDE2PC/-/Ion-USB-SLIDE2PC-Film-&%3B-Slide-Scanner.

The Guardian ad talk about 3,600dpi interpolation, whereas Aldi claims its scanner (which could be a different model) has 3,600 optical resolution. This would probably give you files large enough to produce small prints at reasonable quality.

There's a discussion about this in an old thread. If you search for
"Summit photofix scanner", you'll find it. The points made there would apply equally to the Aldi offering if it works at only 3,600dpi interpolated resolution. The only way to find out is to check on the box.

Quite honestly, at that price, it could be worth a try. I may just be heading to Aldi on Thursday.

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Old 23rd March 2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: Film scanner from Aldi 39.99 - any good?

Al,

thanks for that. I Googled and found a reasonable review here
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Su...ix-Copier-7595.

It doesn't sound encouraging for scanning transparencies, and I suspect the 3600dpi is interpolated not optical as claimed by Aldi.

Can anyone recommend a better film scanner which won't break the bank?

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Old 23rd March 2009, 10:56 PM   #5
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Default Re: Film scanner from Aldi 39.99 - any good?

I'd go to the major manufacturer's web sites and check for factory refurbished ones first - DJS
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Hi David,
I managed to buy one of these last Thursday - I was 6th in the queue and they only had 6!! The optical resolution is 1800 (even though it says 3600 optical on the box) it scans negatives very well, but slides it has problems with - I think they need to be very light photos to come out OK - the ones I had to hand were quite dense slides (fairly dark) but detail that you could see by holding the slide up to the light didn't come out on the scan.
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Default Re: Film scanner from Aldi 39.99 - any good?

These scanners keep getting advertised under different names and as 'new' and 'improved'.
Maplins have two makes in their catalogue at 69.99 and 64.99. For both the description says they have 5 megapixel sensors. One says this equates to 1829 dpi optically, 3600 'enhanced'.
I would think all the makes are based on the same 5 Meg CMOS.
I know some who think they are great, others who are disappointed. 5 Meg is not a lot if you are into serious photography.
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If you'll go to the websites of the major manufacturers (Epson, HP, Canon etc) for a re-manufactured scanner then you'll find that they don't play games regarding the resolution - DJS
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Default Re: Film scanner from Aldi 39.99 - any good?

Just returned from hols so I'm catching up with the forums.

Avoid the Aldi scanner and all its variants. Results are mediocre for negs and abysmal for slides.

When scanning old 35mm stuff, the old adage "you get what you pay for" holds true. If paying for a professional service or a dedicated 35mm scanners from the likes of Canon and Nikon is beyond your means, check out flatbed scanners with film attachments.

I've seen acceptable results from Canon's flatbeds. They have a new model out soon, the CanoScan LiDE 700F @ circa 100.
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