With this combination, you want your microfilm done pronto, and you’re willing to give some leeway in the quality area. Of course, we don’t produce garbage when we take on a project, but there’s a difference between “this is a masterpiece” and “we did a good job, but it’s not perfect.” You want to know a real-life example of the difference?
You have student records on 500 rolls of 16mm microfilm and 5,000 sheets of and need to get them scanned and ready for import to your new system, which goes live in two months. Your dream would be to the at 400dpi (higher-quality ) and capture the index data of every student record (each student record is identified and the required fields keyed). Well, 400dpi scanning is slower than 300dpi and may not be essential if 300dpi can produce good-quality images, and it’s more expensive because it takes longer. So let’s take that away.
300dpi is the standard in the microfilm world; might not be worth trying to be too special here. And at the student record level? If you’re not willing to pay 3-4x what the scanning costs then we should take this off the requirements list. What you end up with is scanning 500 rolls and 5,000 fiche at 300dpi and at the microfilm roll and microfiche title level. It’s not perfect, but it’s low(er)-cost than your original plan and it can actually be done within your timeline. Everyone’s happy!
If you need your project done quickly and don’t mind scaling back on perfection, this is your combo.