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Subject: [Leica] In need of batch slide scanner recommendation
From: bparsons at (
Date: Wed Jan 19 13:26:54 2005

Well, I was trying to figure out the arithmetic using Richard's response.

If the Nikon 4000 (I believe that's also the resolution) gives a 37MB file
(my 2700 dpi scanner gives a 25MB file), and the resolution is set for a
3MB file, then the 37 secs he quotes could be 3-4 seconds.
At 3 seconds, that's 20 per minute, 1200 per hour, and 9600 per 8-hour day.
6m / 10k is only two months? ?So, not 400 machines, but lots of fun,
particularly if they're paper mounts (expectable) per Adam Bridge's

Charge a lot for this project!

Bill Parsons
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Bill's idea is most of the way just need to add 400 monkeys
runnng 400 machines and you'll easily get it done in a day.

Bill Parsons wrote:
>You should get numerous machines! ?Not to mention the auto feeders!
>You can figure out the required number of machines based on the scan time
>per slide
>I believe it takes my scanner about 2 minutes for a high-quality scan.
>At 30 per minute (we won't figure in the stack manipulation procedures),
>into 6 million. ?That's let's see ... 400-plus 8-hour days for a single
>But, the good news is you won't have to shave.

after Kyle wrote:

>Hey kids -- I have about six million slides that need to be scanned. I'd
>like to batch scan them, maybe in batches of 10, six million at once is
>practical, they don't all fit in the same room at once.. What should I

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