Re: [Histonet] Flatbed Scanners for EM negatives

From:"K. Bowden"

When we bought the Arcus II they advertised that you could 
scan 35mm slides. It had the highest resolution at the time 
and is 36 bit color.  Now you can get even higher 
resolution  and 48 bit.  It only came with one cover which 
has the light in it.  So there is two light sources one in 
the cover and one in the base.  You change the setting in 
the software to choose between reflective or transparent. 
  We liked the idea of not having to change covers.  We 
thought it was safer for the scanner to not have someone 
possibly drop a cover while changing it.  The only problem 
we have is for that model they don't have a driver that 
works with OS X so we have to use it with one of our older 
computers.

I personally own a epson scanner and I like the AGFA better.

-- 
Karen Bowden
Staff Research Associate II
University of CA, San Diego
Department of Orthopedics
9500 Gilman Dr. 0630
La Jolla, CA 92093-0630
858-277-4970

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Bill Blank wrote:
> At 10:25 AM -0700 10/15/03, K. Bowden wrote:
> 
>> We use Macintosh computers and do most all of our scanning on an AGFA 
>> Arcus II.  I'm not sure if they sell that model any longer but I'm 
>> sure the latest model would have at lest the same quality if not 
>> better.  We scan x-rays, 35 mm slides, we have even placed MMA 
>> embedded sections directly in the scanner and got excellent results.
> 
> 
> Do you scan directly on the scanner glass or does the scanner have a 
> negative attachment or cover? I use UMAX Powerlook III's and get poor 
> results when using the normal cover. But, with the negative attachment 
> (which is a different cover) works fine. The light is transmitted 
> through the negative and the CCD sensor is in the cover which picks up 
> the image.
> 
> Bill






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