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Saporo 12-13-2020 12:23 PM

Flippable bed scanners?
Hi all,
I have to scan old family albums but the pages are in poor condition the photos are stuck on the pages and there are inscriptions and texts related to each photo. They are collages with photos and texts. But the pages do not resist a lot of handling so I would like to avoid having to put them upside down on the scanner.
That is why I would like to know if there are bed scanner models that allow turning and positioning them on the album. I knew about the flip-pal portable scanner but is no longer available and it was very small.

Winsordawson 12-17-2020 03:34 PM

I think your best bet would be a copy stand/overhead scanning setup. This type of scanner is more expensive, but you do not have to turn anything upside down. Some libraries have them to scan books quickly and can do so two pages at a time. However, they might not be intended for photographs, in which case I would look into seeing if there are any companies nearby you that specialize in graphic arts scanning. They may have a copy stand intended for fragile works.

The other option is to take photos of the photos, assuming you have the right lighting and a very good camera.

Saporo 12-17-2020 08:45 PM

thanks for the reply. these are old photos, a mix of 35mm and polaroids. I don't want to delegate work. The albums are ringed and draped, they are from the 60's and 70's. they are very heavy and you cannot remove the pages without breaking the album. This is why I want to avoid turning the albums upside down and orienting them upside down. I prefer to manipulate the scanner by turning it over with the glass facing down and resting it on the pages. There are scanners that can have the cover removed and this would help. I have to assume that I would manage to scan successfully, but I have not seen any information about it. My main doubt about this is when the light moves doing the scan ... the cable that feeds the mechanism could touch the glass on the inner side and generate pinkness due to gravity. I have seen manuals for some models of bed scanners, but I have not seen any info on this.

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