CanoScan 8400F Settings for 35mm negatives / 4"x6" Photos


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PK

All,

I purchased the CanoScan 8400F and I'm very happy with it but I'm wondering
if other users of this scanner can share some words of wisdom on appropriate
settings for 35mm negatives and 4"x6" photos ..?

I originally bought the scanner to scan negatives and relatively few slides
but I'm finding negative scanning a little too slow at about 2 minutes per
negative. I find placing up to 3 photos on the scanner and scanning as
Platen multi-crop to be much faster.

I would REALLY like to know what other people are doing but here are the
results of some of my own 'experiments':

All output images are taken from the same picture (negative or photo), JPEG
with a resulting resolution of 600dpi

- Negative: IrfanView, Advance mode, scan took 127 seconds and image
typically appears off-color, 6.1 MB
- Photo: IrfanView, Advance mode, scan took 28 seconds and image
typically appears with correct tone & color, 6.1 MB
- Photo: IrfanView, Multi-crop mode, scan took 40 seconds and image
typically appears with correct tone & color, 6.1 MB
- Photo: Cano Toolbox, Multi-scan mode, scan took 40 seconds and image
typically appears with correct tone & color, 1.1 MB

I cannot see any difference in the output on my screen or printed at 8"x10".

I thought I would use the negative scanning feature but I'm finding it very
slow and color correction to be problematic. Scratch/dust removal takes
longer.

The platen multi-scan feature works well and the cropping nearly always
work - I can scan 6+ photos in the time I can scan one negative.

- Are there benefits to using the negative scan feature over photos that I'm
not considering?
- Any easy post-processing to auto-correct the tone/color from the negative
scans?
- Does anyone know if the CanoScan ToolBox can be forced to auto-calibrate
on each scan?

- Can anyone else share what is working well for them? or good links for
8400F scanner settings.

Will also be interested in slide settings - I have a few boxes of slides but
I haven't got to these yet.

Regards,
PK


Color 35mm Negative
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Using IrfanView, I select batch scanning
Set IrfanView JPEG quality to maximum
In the scanner window I select Advanced Mode
Choose Color Negative Film
Preview
Select the negative I want

Output resolution: 2400dpi
Output size: Flexible
Auto-Tone: On
Unsharp Mark: On
Remove Dust and Scratches: None
Fading correction: None
Grain correction: None
Backlight correction: None
Manual exposure: Off
Apply Tone Value of Cropping Area: Set
High quality: Off
Calibration on every scan: On

Output file is 3456 x 2208, 4.4 MB (approximately 600 dpi)
Scan took 127 seconds
Image appears too dark compared to original photo

4"x6" Photo
------------
Using IrfanView, I select batch scanning
Set IrfanView JPEG quality to maximum
In the scanner window I select Advanced Mode
Choose Platen
Preview
Select Multi-Crop

Output resolution: 600dpi
Output size: Grayed out
Auto-Tone: Grayed out (On)
Unsharp Mark: On
Descreen: Off
Remove Dust and Scratches: None
Fading correction: Grayed out (None)
Grain correction: None
Backlight correction: Grayed out (None)
Calibration on every scan: On

Output file is 3545 x 2346, 6.1 MB (approximately 600 dpi)
Scan took 28 seconds
Image appears as per original photo

4"x6" Photo
------------
Using IrfanView, I select batch scanning
Set IrfanView JPEG quality to maximum
In the scanner window I select Simple Mode
Then Multi-Scan (Wizard opens)
Choose Platen(Color)
Choose 600 dpi
Next >
Preview
Select Multi-Crop

Output file is 3543 x 2363, 6.1 MB (approximately 600 dpi)
Scan took 40 seconds
Image appears as per original photo

4"x6" Photo
------------
Using the CanoScan toolbox (4.8)
Choose Scan1 button
Source as Platen
Scan mode Multi-Scan (Color)
Image Quality 600 dpi
Display scanner driver deselected
External program: IrfanView
Confirmation of the Scanned Image and Exif Settings deselected

Output file is 3535 x 2366, 1.1 MB (approximately 600 dpi)
Scan took 40 seconds
Image appears as per original photo
 
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