35mm Photo & Negative Scanner

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Merrins
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35mm Photo & Negative Scanner
Aug 28, 2013

Hi everyone,

This question may have been asked before so apologies. ..

I'm looking for recommendations for a high resolution photo & negative scanner. Does such a combo product exist? I'd like to start digitising my pictures before they degrade on me.

All advise would be appreciated

Al

Cliff Fujii
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Re: 35mm Photo & Negative Scanner
In reply to Merrins, Aug 28, 2013

The Super Coolscan V is the one I've seen services use. If you don't have a lot of negatives to scan, I suggest you get a service to scan them for you. Amazon.com still shows them for sale as new items. I believe that Nikon has sunsetted the film scanners. The Nikon CoolScan film scanners will scan both negatives and slides.

My friends used http://www.scancafe.com/how/scanning-how-it-works and they are very happy with the results.

The Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED was considered the best film scanner you can buy in 2009 when it was discontinued. You can still get new accessories for the CoolScan.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Film-Scanners/index.page

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=coolscan+nikon&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=3562680731&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=765985013296607100&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7tp86qr7mi_b

You might consider renting one if your needs will not be ongoing.

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hotdog321
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In reply to Merrins, Aug 28, 2013

Many flatbed scanners, notably the Canon and Epson, do a good job scanning negatives, slides and prints. My old Epson Perfection 4870 Photo does a good job even on 2-1/4 and 4x5 film!

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mbernard
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In reply to Merrins, Aug 28, 2013

Merrins wrote:

Hi everyone,

This question may have been asked before so apologies. ..

I'm looking for recommendations for a high resolution photo & negative scanner. Does such a combo product exist? I'd like to start digitising my pictures before they degrade on me.

All advise would be appreciated

Al

One of the best flatbed scanners that takes both prints and negatives is the Epson 750 Pro:

http://www.epson.co.uk/gb/en/viewcon/corporatesite/products/mainunits/overview/1760

or its slightly less powerfull brother Epson 700:

http://www.epson.co.uk/gb/en/viewcon/corporatesite/products/mainunits/overview/1744

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Lacko
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In reply to Merrins, Aug 29, 2013

If you don't want to spend rest of your life with sloooow scanning, try to photo your old films. Good DSLR with macrolens (or standard prime with macro rings) and film holder is much much faster and probably also better than at least 12 years old dedicated SCSI film scanners or todays flatbed scanners which are primarily used for scanning documents. I have digitized this way about 10 000 frames (slides, color and B/W negatives) last year. It is worth to make a try and then decide.

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HLSchmidlapp
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In reply to mbernard, Aug 29, 2013

mbernard wrote:

or its slightly less powerfull brother Epson 700:

http://www.epson.co.uk/gb/en/viewcon/corporatesite/products/mainunits/overview/1744

I have an Epson V700 scanner and am very happy with it. I'm not sure what the V750 adds but I couldn't find anything to justify the higher price. The 700 came with a holder that will let me scan 12 mounted slides in a batch. I also scan prints or documents from time to time with good results. Mostly I got this one to scan a large collection of 3x4 and 4x5 b&w negatives from the 1950s and 60s, and for that it is very good, giving me files that can easily be used to make 20x30 inch or larger prints.

My only real complaint is that it isn't completely supported by SANE. I was able to get it working and can scan my large negatives in Linux but not at maximum resolution. Also, the slide holder only works under Windows (and probably Mac but I don't really know), which is annoying.

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