Minilab negative scanning resolution

Discussion in 'Photography' started by dave, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. dave

    dave Guest

    When I have film processed I get just the CD - no prints (usually).
    Recently I took some negatives to the processor (using Kodak equipment)
    and asked them to do a high resolution scan and put the results on CD.
    All they can do is standard scan - about 1 MB jpg file. This is fine
    for a 4"x6" print, ok for a 5"x7" print, but not good enough for a
    8"x10" print. Is this true of all minilab equipment, or is there
    something they can do but may not know about (the workers are usually
    min. wage people)?

    Ironically, they can scan the negative and produce a very nice 8"x10"
    print, but they can't get the data to CD.

    I know that there are places I can get scanning done, but that means
    mailing negatives, more time, more money, etc.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
    dave, Dec 19, 2010
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    They can do this; they simply have to set the output size to some large
    format like 10x15 or higher. However, scans at this resolution take a
    significantly longer time; scanning a roll of 36 at high resolution
    would take the machine a good 5 to 7 minutes. Expect to pay through the
    nose for this kind of service, where you can find it.

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    Ryan McGinnis, Dec 19, 2010
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  3. dave

    peter Guest

    I have had decent results by talking to the employee, asking for a
    higher res scan. Of course I gave them a proper incentive.
     
    peter, Dec 20, 2010
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