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Join Date: Jan 2005
2010-01-22, 14:21

Not sure if any of you are into slides, but I came across a really high-res (7200 dpi) scanner that is primarily targeted to the pathology/histology markets. Anyway, it beats the pants off my Minolta DualScan (2400 dpi). This produces 10,080 x 6,480 pixels uninterpolated (188 MB!). Goes for $2000. It's probably beyond the resolution capability of most film, but hey, who's counting? Looks nice, too.

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Join Date: May 2004
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2010-01-22, 21:15

Pretty cool, though it seems like they are selling it primarily to the labs that cannot afford microscopes with digital imaging ability, which are far more expensive...
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Join Date: Jan 2005
2010-01-22, 21:47

I'm not sure actually. You don't need an expensive camera for H&E stains, after all. Actually, if you hook up a 35-mm camera to a compound microscope (you know, like they used to do), the images are probably better than most digital cameras.

For my lab, I use a Hammamatsu Orca ER camera which ran about $16,000. One of these days I'm going to bring in my Nikon F4 and have a shootout.
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Join Date: Oct 2005
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2010-01-22, 23:47

Shouldn't this be under third party products?
Dorian Gray
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Paris, France
2010-01-25, 18:44

Looks like a rebranded, overpriced PlusTek OpticFilm 7200 to me. The trouble with this scanner is that its optical resolution is nowhere near 7200 dpi, it's very slow, and it has a poor dynamic range. A CoolScan will out-scan it (and just about everything else too) every time.
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