Best or recommended flatbed/desktop scanners for photos, tintypes, etc

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Howdy friends, I'm looking for folk's opinions on the best or most recommended scanners for home use.  I've been using a HP all in one printer/scanner for several years and with Vuescan I get decent copies of all the photos and tintypes I've scanned so far.  However, the max for this scanner is 1200 dots per inch and most of the tintypes are about 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches and occasionally smaller, a few are larger.  So I am looking at taking the area of a face, not much bigger than 1/2" across, and enlarging to as big as I can get without pixelation being a problem.  Something with a much higher scanning resolution and although I'm not expecting something cheap, I'm not looking to have to take out a bank loan.  Thinking I may need a new desktop also with lots of memory to deal with greatly increased image sizes.

Anyway, what say the jury?  Any help is appreciated.
in Photos by Art Black G2G6 Mach 4 (49.7k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+3 votes
I've been using an app for smartphones called photomye. Its been very good you just line your camera over the photo and snap, i've gotten way better results than using  scanner. It can do pages of photos and automatically separates them out. Think it cost like $15 a year. Free to start

I've even brought out previously unviewable tintypes out.
by Steve Stobaugh G2G6 Mach 1 (18.7k points)
Thanks for the info about this interesting app.  Hadn't come across it before but the descriptions make it sound very useful.  I am primarily looking for a new scanner though, I need the high res capability to capture extremely small details and to work on the resulting images with various image software.  This app however, looks like just the thing for being able to copy images when visiting or traveling.  Going to give it a try.  Thanks again!
+4 votes
I've been happy with my Epson V600 https://epson.com/For-Home/Scanners/Photo-Scanners/Epson-Perfection-V600-Photo-Scanner/p/B11B198011

It can scan slides and negatives too.
by Jamie Nelson G2G6 Pilot (488k points)
This is the scanner I've been using most recently and I can attest to the quality of the scans, both for printed photographs (including tintypes and ambrotypes) and negatives.
Thanks for the recommendation, this model is one of the small group I had been considering.  I worked with historic photographs during my career and I have alwys loved the detail hidden in the background and even things like the design on a soldier's coat buttons, so the higher res I can get, all the better.  Haven't tried slides or negatives before, but will definitely be giving it a try now.  Will be ordering today and thanks again for the answers and comments

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