A6000 & Macro Lens VS. Flatbed Scanner for digitizing old film/prints?

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NotAPhotog Regular Member • Posts: 170
A6000 & Macro Lens VS. Flatbed Scanner for digitizing old film/prints?

Recently found a box of old family photos, including those from my Dad's youth.

I'm thinking of sending the latter to the Smithsonian for archival purposes.

Kidding aside, I'd like to digitize everything and hold on to it forever while it's "still" in good condition. (Quotation marks because they've been around longer than I have).

The more recent ones still have the original 35mm film strips while the others are small prints.

For the A6000, I'll need:

  • A macro lens like the 30mm f/3.5 for maybe even Sigma's upcoming 70mm f/2.8
  • A light box to illuminate everything
  • A stand to hold the camera 
  • Film strip holders
  • Good post-processing software and dozens of hours worth of color correction 

For the scanner I'll need:

  • A flatbed scanner, such as an Epson Perfection, CanonScan or Plustek Opticfilm
  • PP software if photo correction software doesn't come with the scanner

Based on your experience, which method gives you good scans in a reasonable amount of time?

Sony a6000
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