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May 14, 2008 20:29 |  #1

About 6 weeks ago I took the plunge and sent a huge bundle of my old 35mm negatives to Scancafe (external link) to be scanned. I got them back yesterday and they are amazing! If any of you all have a bunch of color or BW negatives or slides that you want converted to digital, I highly recommend them.

Each scan is 19 cents for color negatives, 24 cents for slides and 99 cents for BW negatives.

The service was top notch. You tell them, more or less, how many negatives your sending -- total ballpark -- and they email you UPS labels to ship to the stuff to California. They then re-ship to their scanning facility in Bangalore and start scanning on high end Noink scanners.

The kicker is that once they scan the stuff, you get to review it. You can delete up to 50% of the scans and not pay for them. This is awesome because it means you don't need to pick and choose beforehand or go sorting through you negatives. They organize the scans into directories based on how you label your envelopes of negatives. I did mine, more or less, by year but it's up to you.

Then they UPS you back all your originals and a nice CD/DVD case of your images. Super high resolution. Each 4-7 MB JPG expands to 34+ meg. The scans were excellent. For something like 9 cents more, you can get TIFF images.

I'm super pleased. I sent them all my negatives from 1981-1991, and now I'm getting ready to ship them all my slides.

Definitely worth checking out. www.scancafe.com (external link)

If you want $10 off, PM me your email address and I'll send you Scancafe's "friends and family" discount coupon.

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May 16, 2008 14:28 |  #2

I just read an article about this in POP magazine! Glad it was a success. They also seemed impressed.


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May 16, 2008 17:28 as a reply to  @ thegaa's post |  #3

B&W negative scans are 99 cents each.


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May 16, 2008 18:05 |  #4

oohhh...Medium format is also .99 cents..good deal!

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May 16, 2008 18:23 |  #5

Karl C wrote in post #5539090 (external link)
B&W negative scans are 99 cents each.

heh, yeah. It's a huge pain to scan in my film. I'm sort of regretting going back to it for fun. My friend has been toying with shooting the film with a macro lens, and it's working out fairly well for him so far.




  
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May 17, 2008 19:53 |  #6

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heh, yeah. It's a huge pain to scan in my film. I'm sort of regretting going back to it for fun. My friend has been toying with shooting the film with a macro lens, and it's working out fairly well for him so far.

i found a shoe box full of negative from 2000-2001 and it takes a good chunk of time to scan roll after roll with the scanner i have


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May 18, 2008 09:22 |  #7

str8addicted wrote in post #5544785 (external link)
i found a shoe box full of negative from 2000-2001 and it takes a good chunk of time to scan roll after roll with the scanner i have

It's not the actual scanning part that bothers me. It's slow, but whatever. It's the fact b&w film doesn't work with ICE... so, I'm stuck cleaning it all up manually (hence the 99cents/neg from that place, haha)




  
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May 18, 2008 20:50 |  #8

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They then re-ship to their scanning facility in Bangalore and start scanning on high end Noink scanners.

This is interesting. I am based out of Bangalore, but i have been sending my negatives and slides to another city, simply because Labs here who do a good job charge atrociously. Was not aware of this back end scanning facility (will they accept local jobs?).

Anyways, the guy i send my stuff to (in another Indian city of Ahmedabad) charges arnd 3USD per roll of slide/ negative. I get 8 bit TIFF files scanned at 4000 DPI at this (3 USD per roll) rate.

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May 19, 2008 05:56 as a reply to  @ ajayclicks's post |  #9

I think the Banglalore facility is owned by Scancafe -- at least that's what the sign on the building says.

http://www.scancafe.co​m/operations_blr.php (external link)

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May 19, 2008 11:49 |  #10

Thanks for the link pmk :)


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May 19, 2008 12:26 |  #11

Sounds like a great deal, but I'd pay the extra 18 cents per frame to get 4000 dpi and TIFF files. 37 cents per frame is still pretty inexpensive.

Any idea what multisampling they use? A good service will use at least 4X. And they don't mention anywhere on their site if they apply Digital GEM ... grain reduction is a must for scanned negs.

I use at home the same scanner they are using (Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED), and the results are excellent.


edit: They seem to only do 8 bit/channel scans. If you choose TIFF is 16 bit/channel another extra that costs more?


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May 20, 2008 19:30 as a reply to  @ Bob_A's post |  #12

You're WAY beyond my technical knowledge of scanning. Give 'em a call and report back:

Toll Free: 1-866-745-0392

As I mentioned in the OP, if anyone wants a $10 "friends and family" discount, PM me your email.

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May 20, 2008 20:05 |  #13

pmk wrote in post #5564029 (external link)
You're WAY beyond my technical knowledge of scanning. Give 'em a call and report back:

Toll Free: 1-866-745-0392

As I mentioned in the OP, if anyone wants a $10 "friends and family" discount, PM me your email.

pmk

Thanks pmk. Just asking more for the benefit of others. I have a 5000ED, so I do my own scans, although I would have been tempted to send them my B&W negs because they were in horrible shape and took me forever to clean them up. Because you can use Digital ICE, Color is a breeze compared to B&W. $1/neg for B&W WITH dust and scratch removal is a steal of a deal.


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May 29, 2008 14:13 |  #14

Bob_A wrote in post #5554401 (external link)
Sounds like a great deal, but I'd pay the extra 18 cents per frame to get 4000 dpi and TIFF files. 37 cents per frame is still pretty inexpensive.

A quick question---if you upgrade and have them scanned as TIFF files, can they be edited in DPP, and without converting to jpeg? I've got Photoshop Elements 5, but prefer DPP.


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Jun 01, 2008 01:07 |  #15

I don't use DPP, but TIFF's can certainly be edited in PS (I use CS3) and saved as jpeg. The advantage of TIFF is that they can be 16 bit and it's a lossless format.

Most of what I scan is 4000 DPI jpeg (maximum quality) with 4X multi-sample scanning, but I do use TIFF when I have a negative that is a bit more of a "keeper" image or has a exposure problem where 16 bit can help a lot.


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