New CanoScan FS 2710 35mm And APS Scanner
of their new CanoScan FS 2710 35mm and APS film scanner covers every
edge of a very broad target of potential users.
The CanoScan FS 2710
In Use. As should be expected these days the installation and
setup of the CanoScan FS 2710 was truly plug-and-play, easy and quick.
I set up and installed the ScanCraft software on a Windows workstation
and an Apple G3 PowerMac. Both software interfaces are quite equal with
just a few differences inherent to the distinctions between the two operating
systems. With everything connected and installed I was ready to begin
While still using the stand-alone
version of CanoCraft in 24-bit mode with auto adjust and color matching
turned on, I switched to scanning some color negatives. Unlike some scan
software CanoCraft does not use film terms for a selection of different
brands of color negative films, just one setting. This approach, based
apparently on an analysis of the negative image, worked better than any
35mm scanner I've tested so far. For all of the negatives I scanned
with the 2710 the only significant major adjustments needed involved reducing
or increasing the mid-tone brightness of the image. And, post-scan tweaking
was also minor; similar to scans of the previous chromes involving minor
adjustments more for compensations needed by the original photography
than to correct for any shortcomings in the scanners processing.
Evaluation And Recommendation.
Quite a few of the scans I made with the CanoScan FS 2710 were proof printed
with an Epson Stylus Photo 1200 ink jet printer. Most were letter size
prints, but some were super tabloid size with 12x18" images printed
on the 13x19" paper. The reproduced image quality without exception
was a better quality picture than I would have suspected possible looking
at the original slide or at analog proofs of the color negatives. I would
want to hope for this kind of performance with any scanner of course,
and would feel it should be expected with a high-end professional scanner.
That I could achieve such results with an affordable desktop consumer
scanner like the Canon FS 2710 says we have come a long, long way since
I was having my images scanned to Photo CDs in '95.