film scanning at home

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Fred Huint, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. Fred Huint

    Fred Huint Guest


    A lot of scanners now come with a lighting device on which you can slide in
    a negative film, and that you stick onto the glass of the flatbed scanner to
    scan the lit up negative film.

    Are these devices any good? does the quality of final scanned+reverted
    (neg->pos) image even remotely compare with the quality of lab-processed
    photographs? is it required to do a lot of manual adjusting
    (contrast/brightness/etc..) to get suitable results?

    Fred Huint, Feb 4, 2004
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  2. Fred Huint

    Harvey Guest

    You have to keep in mind that all negs have a slightly different color base
    therefor your scanner/software has to do the compensating. And there are
    how many different types of film out there??
    Harvey, Feb 5, 2004
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  3. Fred Huint

    Lunaray Guest

    I've seen these but I've never tried one; I have a hard time thinking they
    would work very well though, mostly a gimmick I think, but again, I've never
    tried one. If you're thinking of purchasing a scanner with this in mind, I
    think you will be much better off buying one with a real light source for
    film. I have an Epson flatbed that has a second light source to back-light
    film and it works pretty good; your best bet though is to purchase a film
    scanner, you can find these really cheap nowadays on eBay.
    Lunaray, Feb 5, 2004
  4. Dedicated film scanners give the bigest bang for your buck. You'll
    pay the same for a good flatbed to deliver good scans... There's a
    couple short articles at on flatbed and
    film scanners that talk about this, incl. sample scans.

    jim.hutchison, Feb 12, 2004
  5. I got one with my HP scanner. It works OK but nowhere near approaches the
    resolution of a dedicated film scanner. Remember it can only scan at the
    same resolution as a normal scan. Some models use a lens system to
    increase the area of the flatbed scanner that is used to scan the
    negative, thus giving a higher effective number of pixels per inch. It is
    still nowhere near that of a dedicated flatbed scanner. But it is way
    cheaper and is good enough till I can afford what I really want. The
    negatives will always be there waiting.
    Grant Robertson, Feb 19, 2004
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