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Want to help me select a flatbed scanner?

by RalphDV / March 1, 2009 3:59 AM PST

I have a ton of prints that I want to get digitized and I'm looking for a good scanner to do the job. My most desired features are:

Sharp clean scan output, the higher the resolution the better.


Mostly automatic but with manual capability.

Friendly software.

Ability to scan text documents.

Cost no more than $200.

Blazing fast scans not necessary but I don't want something painfully slow.

I've researched scanners and I'm leaning toward the Canon 8800F. A good choice or should I look at something else? Also, does anyone know at what point in the year most manufacturers introduce their latest scanners? If the 8800F is close to being discontinued for a similar but better model I would like to wait to see what Canon offers.

Regardless of brand are there any pitfalls or specific quirks I should watch out for? FYI, I'm using a PC with Windows XP and do my image post post processing with PS Elements 7.

I appreciate any help or suggestions!

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Reliable is not in consumer machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 4:15 AM PST

These are designed for 5 to many less years of use. And at under 200 you have moved right into consumer grade gear.

Are you that sure of your specs that you can't use that Canon?

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by RalphDV / March 1, 2009 4:43 AM PST

"Are you that sure of your specs that you can't use that Canon?"

I'm not sure I understand your question or point.

I've previously owned two scanners, an HP and a Visoneer, and longevity is not an adjective I would use to describe either one. I realize scanners are notorious for their relative short lives but since I don't really need something above consumer grade I'm prepared to accept that my choice won't outlive me and most of the time I feel as if I'm ready to kick the bucket at any time.

Spec-wise I'd still like to keep the price at $200 or less but beyond that I'll just be happy if I can find a scanner that gives good sharp scans and will be reliable enough to do 3000-5000 scans.

Just out of curiosity, at what price point do you believe one leaves the consumer grade and enters prosumer or pro grade?

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For example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 5:14 AM PST
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At one job we used this ->

Look at those Workgroup and higher model scanners. These are very well built and do last many years.

However the price is above 1K.

Back to your choice. It's a fine one for consumer use and should survive that many scans but to be sure, get them done within the warranty period.

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Thank you
by RalphDV / March 4, 2009 10:17 AM PST
In reply to: For example.

Bob, thank you for your input and opinions. I appreciate your help.

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