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Scanning old negatives

 
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Jun 02, 2009 11:39 |  #1

I'm finally getting around to digitizing all of my old photos. I'd like your opinions on scanner types. Whether I'd be better off with a dedicated negative scanner such as the Nikon Coolscan, or a flatbed scanner with film adapters. I'm leaning towards a flatbed model since I know that a lot of my old childhood pics are probably missing their negatives and the flatbed would at least give me the option of scanning a print if the negative is missing. Are there major speed differences between the 2 scanner types as I'm going to have a lot of scanning to do?




  
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Jun 02, 2009 12:13 |  #2

I scanned a bunch of negatives with an Epson flat bed with a film attachment, then scanned my wedding negs with a nikon coolscan iv. There was a WORLD of difference!

There are two ways you can do this...spend the money ($500 to $2,000) on a scanner, then sell it on ebay when you're done, or take them to a local camera shop who will use a professional negative scanner.

I ended up buying an HP All In One scanner for pictures, and took the rest of my negs to Roberts in Indy. I don't remember the price, but it was pretty reasonable, they even will give you tiff images if you want.


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Jun 02, 2009 20:00 |  #3

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There are two ways you can do this...spend the money ($500 to $2,000) on a scanner, then sell it on ebay when you're done, or take them to a local camera shop who will use a professional negative scanner.

A word of caution about giving it to a place to have scanned. Scan resolutions will differ. What does the OP want to do with these scans? web use or larger than 8x10 prints?

For instance, when I get film developed I could get a CD of scans they do at the time of developing (all 35mm film is scanned then printed digitally during developing) but they can only provide 6MP scans (though they say they make great 16x20 prints from them - unless you compare it to a better scan and its print). So if you want higher resolution scans you need to shop around and ask around.




  
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Jun 03, 2009 16:08 |  #4

I bought a Canon Canoscan 8800f from adorama (<$200) and am pretty happy with it. It comes with three film caddys, one for 35mm negs, one for 35mm slides, and one for medium format. It comes with Photoshop Elements for Windows and Mac too. The 35mm caddy can do up to 6 negs at a time.

The native sensor resolution is 4800dpi, so for 35mm that's somewhere around a 31 Mp image... plenty of resolution for anything, at up to 48bit color TIFF if you can support it. That would print almost 16x24" at 300dpi without uprezzing.

I've been scanning at 2400 jpeg which is much faster and works out to be about 7.7MP - good enough for anything I'll do with old snapshots.

It also does regular photos, scan to PDF, some OCR, etc but I've just been doing negatives so far.


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