The consumer-grade multi function printer/scanner/fax machines that have auto document feed (ADF) that we have in our homes do not have even optional feed trays for scanning photos. Without the correct feed tray, you can't use ADF for photos because there is nothing to guide your photo though so it either jams or scans crookedly (or really weirdly stretched out. I might have experimented.) . Flatbed works just fine - it's just tedious with hundreds of photos to position the photo, scan it, pull it out, position the next, etc.
So, my options for photo scanning are:
- Send them to a service. Going rate is an average of about .25 per photo. That gets pricey pretty fast, plus you're sending your family photos outside your home, which has inherent risk.
- Single page photo scanners like this that you can feed one at a time through
- flat bed photo scanners (no feed).
- and then Epson makes one with an auto feed for about $500, which is the cheapest I could find (average is closer to $900). At a going average of .25 per photo to get them scanned by a photo scanning service, you'd have to scan over 2,000 photos to make that worth while
For now, I'm using a flatbed scanner. I might try something like this, which just seems easier to feed stuff into. I guess it would depend upon the software. It's a whole can of worms though. So for now, flatbed.