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I'm want to try to use an older scanner ( Umax Powerlook III ) to scan large format sheet film but uses the SCSI cables. I can use Vuescan for the software but need a way to connect the SCSI to my Mac Pro (2 yrs old). Do I need a controller card? Cost is an issue...if it wasnt I would just but a newer scanner with modern connections. There are only a few scanners that can scan film negs that large.

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You will need a SCSI adapter card for your Mac Pro in order to use that scanner. I'm not sure where you can find one but suggest shopping around on the net doing a Google search or perhaps on eBay.
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You will need a SCSI adapter card for your Mac Pro in order to use that scanner. I'm not sure where you can find one but suggest shopping around on the net doing a Google search or perhaps on eBay.
I found this to be a very interesting question...since I have some older SCSI equipment as well. Here's a USB to SCSI cable I found doing a quick search:

USB CABLE USB TO SCSI CONVERTER CABLE HD-50 MINI 326605 LOW PRICE $59.98



...according to the website this cable is no longer made...but it's existence would mean that it may be available somewhere else...or e-Bay. I have no idea if it works...and if I'm correct...the SCSI end of this cable in the photo above is a "Mini DB50 SCSI connector"...so you would also need a "Mini DB50" to "regular" SCSI adapter to plug it into your scanner.

Like "Chscag" mentioned...a PCIe SCSI card would be an option as well (if you can find one). Doing a quick search...I couldn't find one that specifically said it worked in a Mac Pro...but for the cost of the cards I did find...it would be cheaper just to buy a new USB or firewire scanner.

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And depending on the model of your Mac Pro, it may be a PCIE 2 slot which would make the search even more difficult, and maybe even impossible. New scanner as Nick suggests looks like the go.
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To bad you can not use this one.Adaptec SCSI PCI AHA-2940U2B MAC - Apple G3 / G4 Card - eBay (item 360201688475 end time Oct-20-10 20:41:37 PDT)

Ive seen them for pcie2 slots in my searches..just cant tell you where. On the Pro all 4 slots are PCIE...so the USB to SCSI route may be the best bet.. The adapters are out there. Another reason to keep an old Mac around just as a scanner box. I keep seeing the large format scanners at the thrift stores...there going in the dumper.
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The Adaptec 2940U is an excellent SCSI adapter. I had one for an older PC desktop that I used for years. Adaptec made that model for both PC and Mac machines. Great adapter. Even had a configurable BIOS built in that you accessed during boot up. I'm not sure I remember how... Control A ?
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