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Comparing the Epson Perfection 2450 and the 3200 PHOTO scanners: scanning negatives—page 2

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Catalina Island

Catalina Island, off of the Southern California coast—photo © JR Dunster

Here are some more comparisons between the Epson Perfection 2400 PHOTO and the Epson Perfection 3200 PHOTO scanners. I did not find these tests quite so easy to judge as in the case with the slide scans, but here are some preliminary results.

Once again, I'm scanning 35 mm slide film. Negs were scanned in using Epson's default scanning software, and minimal color correction and sharpening done in Photoshop 7.

Epson Perfection 2450 scan

Detail from above photo of Catalina Island. Negative scanned from Epson Perfection 2450 PHOTO at 2400 dpi, not reduced at all in size.

The same negative scanned on the Epson Perfection 3200 PHOTO. Originally scanned at 3200 dpi, reduced to 2400 dpi (so it'll match the 2450's scan size) and sharpened to compensate for image reduction.

Once again, it's a little difficult at first to see much of a difference between the two scans. I had to stare at them for a while.

However, I appears to me that yes, the 3200 does pick up a little more detail, and is a little sharper. I especially see the difference (subtle though it is) in an additional sharpness in the windows and windowpanes.

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Detail of sky, Epson Perfection 2450

2400 dpi, actual size

Detail of sky, Epson Perfection 3200

3200 dpi, actual size

Detail of sky, Epson Perfection 3200

Originally 3200 dpi, reduced to 2400 dpi, (sharpened slightly) actual size

I thought I'd compare some grain in the blue sky of one of the Catalina negatives. Above are the results. Hmm...it's a tough call. I sometimes think I prefer the 2450's grain, but once again, it's a tough call.

Some of my negative scan comparisons gave me an ambivalent feeling about which scanner did a better job at scanning 35 mm at 2400 dpi. At times I could see hardly any difference, at other times it seemed as if the Epson 3200 scanned the neg a little softer! However, when I scanned a neg on the Epson 3200 at its maximum optical resolution (3200 dpi), I always got better results than with the 2450, even if I reduced the file later to 2400 dpi.

In conclusion, my preliminary comparison tests tell me that the Epson 3200 scanner is still a bit better for 35 mm neg scanning—if for no other reason than it can scan up to 3200 dpi, and the Epson 2450 cannot go that high. And, hands-down, the Epson 3200 is better than the Espon 2450 with slide scanning—perhaps this is because of its increased Dmax setting (3.4 instead of the 2450's 3.3 Dmax).

Side-by-side technical comparisons of the two scanners (quick overview):

Epson Perfection 2450 PHOTO:

Maximum of 2400 dpi optical resolution, 4800 hardware resolution

Optical Density 3.3 Dmax

Less substantial negative holders

Bundled software includes:

Photoshop Elements 1.0 (not compatible with OS X)

Silverfast 5 LE

Epson TWAIN software


Epson Perfection 3200 PHOTO:

Maximum 3200 optical resolution, 6400 hardware resolution

Optical Density 3.4 Dmax

Improved negative holders

Bundled software includes:

Photoshop Elements 2.0. (OS X compatable). Elements 2 available in USA scanners. European scanners come with Elements 1.

Silverfast 6 LE

Epson Scan software

| Slide Scan Page I | Slide Scan Page II | Neg scans page I | Using the Scanner |

<< I compare the Epson 3200 and the 2450 scanners in slide scanning. Interesting results!

These pages were created primarily to compare the performance of these two scanners—the 2450 and the 3200. To read a very comprehensive and informative review on the Epson Perfection 3200, check out this page from photo-i.co.uk.

It appears that a more recent model of this type of scanner is available, the Epson 4870. Read the customer reviews and decide for yourself if you would prefer this newer model.

Search for the latest and most popular models of Epson Scanners (opens in new window).

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