(melb) need to scan 3000 frames negs of 35mm

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by a, Jun 20, 2004.

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    a Guest

    want to digitize my print picture collection. have amassed abt 80 rolls over
    the years. all are cut up into strips. want to scan myself or get someone to
    scan it for me. willing to spend between $200-$300.

    Can someone loan me a decent film scanner?
    Can someone scan it for me?
    Can people not flame me?
    Can someone make/help me make a light source which I can use on a a4
    scanner, so that more strips are scanned on a flatbed. In order to do so I
    have access to an a3 xerox copier/scanner at work or I have a scsi scanmaker
    x6 scanner.

    Any advise/suggestion/help greatly appreciated. I have a very good reward as
    a thank you gift for the right santa claus, who gets me out of this

    a, Jun 20, 2004
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    Andrew Guest

    Sure it's a great idea but I'd think about this:
    - 3000 negs will be about 6 gigs at 2Mb a jpg. how to transfer to you?
    - are you sure you need all the 3000? why not pick 1000 good ones?
    - you might get a decent deal if you call all the labs in town
    - get a nikon coolscan iv or something?
    Hope it works out!
    Andrew, Jun 21, 2004
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    peter Guest

    Nikon coolscan IV ED are going for $699 at the moment.

    buy one , scan , then Ebay , you shouldnt loose to much $$

    but be warned , 3000 pics is a lot of scans.. it is a bigger project
    than it first appears , and most people who get a scanner to do such a
    project never finish it

    peter, Jun 21, 2004
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    Witold Guest

    Hmmm. That's about 2880 images at 36 frames per roll. At a scanning time
    of just 1 minute per frame, which is probably exceedingly optimistic,
    that's 48 hours of work.
    Sounds like the viable option for you is to buy the scanner and do the
    scans yourself.

    Vanbar (www.vanbar.com.au) have the Prime 3600Pro film scanner available
    for about $395. It has a 3600 dpi optical resolution. It's a bit over the
    price range you mentioned, but still reasonably close. At 3600 dpi, it
    can produce a 17 MP scan from a slide/negative. You may only need to use
    2400 dpi (7.7 MPixels) to get the results you want. At that size high-
    quality jpegs are going to be about 4-5 MB in size. Total storage
    required would be about 14 GB (about 25 CDs or 4 DVDs).

    Vanbar also have the 1800 dpi Prime 1800afl film scanner for $264. It
    will produce a 4.3 MPixel scan from a slide/negative.

    There is also the UMAX PowerLook 180 Film Scanner for $399 from
    wwww.scannerplace.com.au. This comes complete with scratch and dust
    removal software, and its optical resolution is 1800 dpi.

    There are other more expensive film scanner alternatives from companies
    such as Canon, Nikon and Minolta.
    The ScanMaker X6 is only a 600 dpi scanner (max. optical resolution).
    This is probably a little on the low side for scanning negatives/slides.
    It could only produce a 0.5 MPixel scan from a slide/negative without

    I hope my comments were helpful.
    Witold, Jun 21, 2004
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    Peter Guest

    A couple of observations I want to make.

    First of all .. Ted's in Prahran rents film scanners by the day,
    weekend and week. They have Nikon coolscans, but I am not sure what
    model or what condition they are in. I am pretty sure also that there
    are other places in Melb you can rent scanners.

    Secondly, 3000 negs, at a conservative 30 seconds per neg. Thats 25
    hours of continuous scanning. Which would probably work out at around
    40 hours realistically by the time you counted in handling the negs.
    I for one am not going to give up my day job for $200-$300 for a weeks

    If you don't want to do the scanning yourself (and I sure as wouldn't
    want to scan 3000 negs all at once), maybe you should post some
    notices at some of the photo schools around Melb, and get a student to
    do the work for you. They may be willing to work for less. Also a
    student may have free access to a film scannner at their school.

    However .. if you get someone else to do the scanning, you have to
    validate that all the scans are good, or trust them to do it right.
    You may be better off buying a scanner and doing it yourself bit by
    bit, and then selling it after you have scanned everything. That way
    you will know the quality of the scans that you get. Plus as the
    previous poster noted, you could cull out all the bad stuff as you
    were reviewing all your negs, and as a bonus, do hi-res scans of the
    images that you really like, and low re of all the rest.
    Peter, Jun 21, 2004
  6. Yes, at Scanner Place (AIM Digital Imaging) - I've been by told by some on the
    NG that the V ED (LS-50 ED) at $1,099 is very good - any cheaper anywhere

    David Springthorpe, Jun 21, 2004
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    woodsie Guest

    $300 to scan 3000....u must be joking!
    woodsie, Jun 22, 2004
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    Baz Guest

    I scanned 2700 and it took about 6 months.
    I never want to see a slide again.
    Baz, Jun 22, 2004
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    me Guest

    Yep and even at $1.00/scan $300 will not even get a look in. So I don't
    know who's going to do them at 10c a frame.
    me, Jun 22, 2004
  10. Hiya-

    Well I can tell you from painful experience, that scanning at 4000dpi
    takes far far longer than this.

    I've been working through 150 rolls of film (done 120 so far), and
    I've been going since march LAST YEAR.

    Sure this isn't non-stop, but at around 5-10 mins PER FILE at 4000dpi
    (after you take into account all the other management required - like
    levels in p/shop, storage issues etc) - it takes a long, long time.

    Since upgrading to the Nikon 5000ED though, this has come down
    somewhat.. But don't fool yourself into thinking this is a 24
    scanner-hour job. It'll take you a very long time. Typically a single
    roll, fully processed and stored takes around 2-3 hours for me to do.
    The batch scanner (which takes a whole unchopped roll of film) is a
    far better option, as you can just leave it to it and come back later,
    everything done..... Too bad it's such an expensive option.

    So yes, prepare yourself for a bloody tough exercise. I'm up to 350
    gigs worth already, and I've still got 30 rolls to go...

    Andrew MacBeth, Jun 22, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    And the worst part is that the process has such a long learning curve
    that when you are finished you are not happy with your work on the first
    half of the scans. But it took you so long there is no way you are going
    to repeat it all, so you settle for work which you know is not the best

    Bruce Graham

    PS - all OK if you have LOTS of time.

    PPS - the scanner speed matters, but you will spend more time in your
    photo editor than scanning if you are even just a bit fussy.
    Bruce Graham, Jun 22, 2004
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    warrigal Guest

    $3 per scan and burn @ 4000dpi = $9000.
    That's my best offer.
    warrigal, Jun 22, 2004
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    me Guest

    Thats still cheap at that.

    me, Jun 23, 2004
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