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Re: [ARSCLIST] LP sized scanner
I like the copystand approach for capturing sleeves and jackets. We
use a Bencher VP400:
which provides a rock solid camera mount that is counter balanced if
you have a heavy digicam and lens mounted on it, and there is no
shake in the column for sharp images at low speeds.
We shoot with a Nikon D1x that has a firewire control option
and can directly output images to the computer.
We also use four high-power lamps with adjustable polarizers to
minimize reflections/glare and to get uniform lighting across
Be sure to use a lens with a minimum of distortion (ie pincushion
or barrel distortion). We prefer fixed focal length lenses over
You might include a GretagMacbeth reference in the image if you
want to calibrate the color of your images. We do this for some
Although a large bed scanner is slower, in some respects it is
easier to operate in that the images can be reviewed and
rescanned if necessary. The bed scanner also provides higher
resolution and less distortion than a copystand.
The Nikon D1x with firewire control gives us similar capabilities
with the copystand, along with the ability to automate some of
the image collection (rather than download images from the
camera memory card and then sort/name them as needed).
The scanner also captures matrix numbers and other information
from the label area better than our copystand set-up. So we
use a bed scanner for label scanning and capturing the runout
The Audio Archive, Inc.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Tom Fine
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 11:02 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] LP sized scanner
Are there any non-ridicu-priced options for a flatbed scanner that can
accomodate LP covers (at
least 12x12 glass)?
How about using a copy-stand that was once used for a video camera and
slow-scan TV? That copy stand
has gooseneck type "arms" with floodlight bulbs in them. Would that be what
I need or something
else? Would this work with a Nikon D70 digi-SLR?
Has anyone done LP covers in mass quantities before? Is there some efficient
and cost-effective way
I'm not considering?
-- Tom Fine