Moreover, the change transition made by the processing resulted in some pixelation at the edges. Do Your Portraits Look Flat? And, the software bundle is topped off with Genuine Fractals Print Pro so you can make poster-size or even larger prints from your scans. The rest of my scans were done to print on 13×19″ paper at dpi image resolution. The use of trays to hold transparencies means that there’s no glass present between the scanning element and the film where dust could gather. You agree to receive updates, alerts and promotions from CBS and that CBS may share information about you with our marketing partners so that they may contact you by email or otherwise about their products or services. Avoid These 7 Common Beginner Photography

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Microtek ScanMaker 8700

The software still needs some rough edges polished. Besides facilitating scanning 8×10 sccanmaker, which I suspect few but myself and some other old-timers have, the glass carrier is useful for proofing a whole roll of film 6x7cm format being the usual exception, because arranging 10 frames within 8×10″ always leaves one out.

Avoid These 7 Common Beginner Photography This micfotek way of working functioned quite well, microfek revealed some design changes in the color adjustment tools in ScanWizard 7. A choice of both USB and FireWire computer connection assures fast and easy image data transfer and control of the scanner’s operation. It doesn’t provide any advanced features such as column recognition or suspect word detection, so if you want to do anything other than trivial OCR, you’ll have to buy more capable package like TextBridge or OmniPage.

Otherwise the system is efficient and effective, resulting in scans that are generally cleaner than those made with conventional flat-bed scanners. It is a fast-running scanner for its class using the FireWire interface.


Personally, I have a full range of originals in size and type that the scanner handles, and I found that it accomplished all of the tasks put to it very well, and with exceptional efficiency.

The use of trays to hold transparencies means that there’s no glass present between the scanning element and the film where dust could gather. Like many OS X utilities and applications I have used, there is still a need for more refinement.

About the only detraction I scanmaoer think of is that the Scanmaker Pro is about the largest and heaviest scanner in its class I have worked with, so it does demand a generous space on a sturdy desk.

A powerful business laptop with a top-quality 4K screen. My Profile Log Out. And for those with 6x12cm and longer panoramic film images, being careful to avoid Newton rings, the glass carrier is also useful. What Are the 3 Best Lenses for Boudoir Of course, FireWire can only accelerate 87700 transfer between the scanner and your PC, so although you may receive the end results somewhat faster, you’re not going to see vast improvements in overall scan time, especially when using higher resolutions.

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microtrk Regardless of whether the original was a little off in exposure, had a color cast, or was a difficult subject for reasons of contrast or color content, Ow was able to make a very acceptable scan at worst and an excellent one at best without any disappointment in the post-scan mkcrotek test image. Leave this field blank. Log in or register to post comments. I chose to run the scanner using the FireWire connection but also tried it with USB, which was just as satisfactory but with slower scan image data transfer.


A solid 2-in-1 detachable with excellent connectivity. This image of wild irises presents the two most difficult colors to reproduce in a digital print, but good color fidelity was rather easily achieved to create a very realistic print.

Google Pixel XL 8. The bit color depth for input and output scanned at a dynamic range with a 3. In the print test results this minor difference was barely noticeable.

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I found this to be the case. But I have so far found no compelling reason, from a digital photography perspective, to work in OS X.

Several transparency trays are provided with the ScanMakerwhich allow the scanning of slides and negatives. Do Your Portraits Look Flat?

If you’re prepared too pay the price, you get a very well-featured scanner that performs admirably. Of course, I included slides, color negatives, and black and white film representing just about every film format there is with the exception of my panoramic 6x12cm images, which are not supported by the SnapTrans holders included. Transparencies, plain paper, slides, bulk objects such as books, magazines and other bound materialsfilm.

This is a much friendlier and more effective graphic interface for the tool. This isn’t a cheap scanner, and the faster interface isn’t necessarily going to make a vast difference to your overall productivity, so think carefully buying the ScanMaker