A year ago I started with digital photography using a HP 3300 USB interfaced flatbed scanner scanning my 10*15 cm (4"*6") prints.
Results are very good even at the default setting where this scanner does a preview scan at 150 dpi which means 600*900 pixels so
almost the full SVGA (1024*768) screen!
Remarkly this prescan can be used to save the scans directly to disc.
I haven't seen a scanner with this feature yet!
Half a year ago I was looking for a 35mm filmscanner to digitize all my negatives (black and white and color) which I saved carefully.
I saw a simple scanner Pacific Image 1800U( 35mm/strips, 1800dpi, USB) which according to the photoshop Combi at Veldhoven should give much better results than scanning pictures with my HP flatbedscanner.
I tried to use this scanner for approx . two months but could not get good results, and the Combi shop could not show how to do it well since they had no computer.
I managed to get the Pacific exchanged at Combi Melkens at Valkanswaard. I got back reasonable amount o money and bought a Minolta Dual San D'Image II
See some sample pics of my Fuji 2400Zoom 6-18mm (ISO 100) camera.
picture 1 1/250 F3.4 10mm
picture 2 1/60 F3.4 11mm (flash!)
picture 3 1/180 F3.4 6mm
picture 4 1/180 F3.4 6mm