I'm somewhat new to scanning and I was thinking of buying this book,"Scanning Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives" It seems interesting and full of how to's but maybe you all know a better book.
I hate to fork out $30 and find there is something better.
I have an image(See Onion photo. Bottom right) that I noticed has Scanner Banding and this is what got me started on my quest to use my scanner better.
Based on your other post, I assume that you will be as critical about your scans as you are with your print presentation. My following comments are based on this assumption.
I have been scanning 35mm transparencies for a few years, and only wish that I started out with this book. If I were only able to get one or two nuggets out of it (and there are plenty), it would have worthed the $30. First and foremost, it talks about "raw scans", which most scan books/tutorials don't touch. Then it gets down into details about the best film types and mounts for scans. And there are plenty more in between.
Regardless of which scanner, or scanning books/tutorials you end up with, the most critical concept you should start with is to separate and understand how a scanner's hw and a scanning sw is contributing to a scan. But here's where the problem starts for many scan newbies. The scanner manufacturers seem to go out of their way to blur/hide the distinctions. (Actually, the camera manufacturers tend to do the same, until raw comes along.) The books/tutorials (including scantips) further the confusion by suggesting to "get the best possible scans" from the scanner. Here are two articles on raw scans to get you started:
[a href=\"http://www.naturephotographers.net/mh0202-1.pdf]http://www.naturephotographers.net/mh0202-1.pdf[/url] (Note "Input Method 2)http://www.lumika.org/gear_nikon_scan_vs_photoshop.htm
Any decent film scanner's native sw will support raw scans, but unfortunately you will have to dig through the manuals to find out how to do it, or search online for such tutorials. If you do, you will not need any third party sw, unless you want something to speed up the process, such as batch scanning, etc.