11.390 Scanners

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 13:27:00 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 390.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Sat, 8 Nov 97 12:23:50 CST
From: Jim Marchand <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Subject: Hand-held scanners

From: "Jim Marchand" <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>

One of the worst problems with hand-held scanners is that they touch what
they are scanning. If I were an archivist, I would not permit them into my
archive. I see absolute no reason nowadays not to use a digitalizing camera.
They have come down in price substantially. The problem is that you DO need
to know a little about cameras, lighting, lenses and the like, but, then,
you need to know those things anyway if you are going to be working with
manuscripts. You can't use a Brownie to photograph manuscripts.
Jim Marchand.

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