Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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The Deal Thread or How To Find Cheap Cameras

Post by daniel_reetz » 08 Jun 2009, 15:25

I'm starting this thread with the intention of posting good deals on cameras when we encounter them. From slickdeals.net I found this steal on Powershots -- $59 for A560's, refurbished:

http://estore.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/ ... &pageView=

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Post by jradi » 08 Jun 2009, 19:57

Wow! Those are amazing, half the price of what I paid!

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Post by daniel_reetz » 08 Jun 2009, 21:09

FYI, I found that link at slickdeals.net. Another great site is dealnews.com, and the anandtech hot deals forums occasionally link up good stuff. If we all keep our eyes open, less people will have financial objections. ;)

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Post by daniel_reetz » 20 Jun 2009, 13:22

I just saw Powershot A590's at Radioshack for 109.99 -- regular price.

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Post by xylon » 02 Jul 2009, 04:37

i looked at radio shack site and it does not look like they have A590's anymore. they have A480's which is not in the stereodata list. newegg.com also only has the A480's. the spects on this camera look good for the price. i wonder if stereodata will support this camera in the future. any other recommendations for some good cheap DIY book scanning cameras?

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Post by daniel_reetz » 02 Jul 2009, 09:58

I just saw them yesterday in-store at Radioshack. You might want to call around.

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Post by phaedrus54 » 03 Jul 2009, 04:57

I've spent the last day or two searching for cheap cameras for my own DIY Scanner.... here's a link to google's listing of places selling the A590IS

http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... scoring=tp Looks like $100 shipped is the best it gets.

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Post by daniel_reetz » 03 Jul 2009, 10:30

$100 shipped is a great deal... nice find. I know adorama.com had them a bit cheaper at one point.

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Post by Karyudo » 03 Jul 2009, 11:35

I found that with careful eBaying and craigslist...ing, I was able to pick up three A590ISs for no more than $75 each (and one in the $50-something range). Used, obviously, but in good shape. Leaves more money for expensive glass platens...

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Post by phaedrus54 » 06 Jul 2009, 21:39

Found a Canon A590IS with a non-functional LCD for 60 shipped (planning to set it up using AV out w/ TV and hopefully remote capture using a laptop.

Here's a nice review of this model that shows lens aberrations at different zooms (http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A ... 590ISA.HTM). It indicates that you'll have the least distortion at a moderate lens length rather than full zoom or wide angle (which is pretty standard).

Just in case it helps.

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