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Offline jabarryto

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question on a good scanner for scanning microfiche
« on: May 15, 2021, 08:42:28 AM »
decades ago i bought a lot of fiche from microcolor international. i would love to convert these digitally to read on my kindle.

my entry level scanner just doesn't have the resolution.

does anyone know of a home/consumer scanner that has the needed resolution to convert these old fiche digitally?

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question on a good scanner for scanning microfiche
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Re: question on a good scanner for scanning microfiche
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2021, 12:08:39 PM »
Hi--

I figured out a good way to scan fiche several years ago. The key is to not use a flatbed scanner. The glass on your flatbed that sits between the light and the microfiche distorts the scan an makes it very blurry, in a way that can't be fixed by editing.

I bought a slide scanner, and had some custom glass cut as a holder. I cut the cards into strips, and I tape them onto the glass along the edges with rubylith tape. This works better because I tape the fiche to the bottom of the glass, not the top, so the light captures the fiche image without the glass distortion. It's very time consuming (sometimes 90m to scan a full 68-page book, and another 60m or so to edit), but I've been generally happy with the results. Especially on books that might otherwise be thousands of dollars to buy otherwise. I've done a few that have been posted here on DCM, although most have been replaced with paper by now. I think Green Giant Comics is one that's still a fiche scan here.

Happy to post photos of my gear setup if anyone's interested.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like some help or advice with your scanning project!

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Re: question on a good scanner for scanning microfiche
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2021, 03:50:04 PM »
that sounds like a neat way to do it ... i just hate the thought of cutting these fiche... they're sort of like old friends at this point :) ... that said I 'd love to see your setup.  my thought is some sort of photo scanner and creating a black matte ficheholder to blot out anything but the fiche on the scan. my old flatbed just doesn't have the resolution even for that.