I've got the proverbial "ton" of 35mm slides I'd like to scan. I know I'll need a transparency scanner of some sort. Right now, I've got an HP Scanjet 4p SCSI scanner hooked up to my desktop that I use for scanning photo prints, etc.
I'm torn between the "purpose-built" slide scanners, that only scan slides and negatives, and flatbed scanners that have transparency adapters. I've seen the "purpose built" slide scanners for $70 to $150. They're an attractive option. The ION model is one that I've seen. It's $99 at Staples.
However, I've seen some relatively inexpensive flatbed scanners that have transparency adapters built in. The Epson Photo V330 (I think that's the model number) comes to mind, and I've seen it for $129 or so at places like Staples.
My scanner needs are pretty basic. I realize that the best scanners aren't cheap. However, I just want to be able to get decent quality scans for sharing and printing. I'm not looking for "gallery-quality scans".
The question is: Which would be a better choice? The single-purpose slide scanner can be used on either the desktop or the laptop. However, by the same token, so can the flatbed scanner with the transparency adapter.
As it stands right now, I can't use the HP Scanjet on my laptop, due to the obvious lack of a SCSI interface.
All suggestions would be welcome.