Negative scanner Coolscan V???

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Harry Palmer, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Harry Palmer

    Harry Palmer Guest

    Hi there

    I don't really want to invest in a digital camera just yet as I really
    still like my trusty pair of Canon A1's. I'd prefer to spend money on a
    really good and simple to use negative scanner. I have been considering the
    NIKON COOLSCAN V an wonder if anyone has tried it out?

    ALSO I want to take photo's with my A1 and get them to hard drive.If I get
    Walgreens to dump the images to DVD is this the same as scanning in the
    negatives with the negative scanner. Would I be better off taking all the
    negatives to Walmart and getting them to dump them to DVD and then uploading
    them myself.

    thanks in advance

    It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot,
    irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known,
    but to question it.
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    Harry Palmer, Apr 25, 2007
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    ray Guest

    IMHO - you're better off letting WM or someone do the work. It is quite
    time consuming.
    ray, Apr 25, 2007
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  3. Harry Palmer

    Harry Palmer Guest

    Is the quality the same? The coolscan gets 4000 dpi I think would the
    Walgreens scan get the same results?
    Harry Palmer, Apr 25, 2007
  4. Harry Palmer

    Joel Guest

    I have never done it myself, but I believe many labs (Wal-Mart, Walgreens
    etc.) offer to save the photos to CD for few extra bucks ($2-3 or so) andto
    me that's a real deal if you have to scan yourself.

    I don't know what format they use, and not very sure about the size but I
    believe my brother told me they include something like album, slideshow
    which you can use to display or order the print etc.. I am not 100% sure.

    And hope they use good scanner (suppose to).
    Joel, Apr 25, 2007
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    ray Guest

    I'd ask them for specs.
    ray, Apr 25, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    It is doubtful that any consumer film processor--such as Wal-Mart or
    Walgreens--would scan your negs at high resolution. In fact, the people
    that operate those scanners will probably not even KNOW what resolution they
    are set for.

    I, too, have remained with my film cameras and lenses. I take my film to my
    local CVS pharmacy, where they develop and return the uncut negatives for
    $2.50 per roll. The process takes all of 20 minutes. I wait for them at
    the counter, rather than making a return trip. Then I just take them home
    and scan them myself.

    The scan time is the problem. It takes me 30 minutes to pre-scan the roll,
    then it takes about 6 minutes per each final scan (when Digital ICE3 is
    turned on). So it takes between 2.5--3 hours to scan a roll, but I get
    48-bit scans, Digital ICE3 cleaned-up, tiff format files that are 103 meg

    If you scan only a roll at a time it is not a big problem, but if you shoot
    several rolls, the scanning times are burdensome. My scanner can scan the
    entire roll without intervention from me, so if I put in an uncut roll, I
    can leave and come back in 2 or 3 hours and the job is done. This is NOT
    the case with mounted slides, which must be individually scanned.

    You might check for the PrimeFilm scanner series, as they are
    priced low and some of them have Digital ICE3 (a must). But if you are a
    high-volume shooter you will find scanning to be a big drain on your time.
    As I understand it, virtually all consumer scanners take a long time per

    Fortunately, I'm a "one-roll-a-week-man." I can live with 3 hour scan
    times--especially since I can walk away and let the scanner operate on its
    jeremy, Apr 25, 2007
  7. Harry Palmer

    Harry Palmer Guest

    Now this is a great answer and full of really useful information. Thanks
    alot jeremy, this has told me all I wanted to know and more. Thanks again. I
    think I'll stick with the coolscan though but I will check out the Primefilm
    scanner series. We have an excellent photography shop in Chicago called
    Helix so I think I'll pop in and check it out.

    Harry Palmer, Apr 25, 2007
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    jeremy Guest


    My PrimeFilm PF 3650Pro3 scanner offers a lot of bang for the buck. The
    slow scan times (and I believe that all consumer-level scanners are
    relatively slow) are less objectionable because I can insert a whole roll of
    negs and walk away for a couple of hours, while the scanner does its thing
    automatically. I have even set up rolls of film to be scanned before
    bedtime, and I awoke the next morning to find the job done. This is
    certainly more acceptable than having to cut the negs into strips, and then
    insert each strip individually.

    (I should point out that I actively shoot with my film cameras, and I just
    have the film developed and returned uncut. Not so for my old negs--they
    are all cut into strips.)

    Here is a full review of the scanner:

    I have noticed that it has disappeared from the manufacturer's web site
    recently, and I have not been able to find it listed on, either,
    so it may have been discontinued. If you want it, best to check out the
    shops right away to see if there are any left in stock.
    jeremy, Apr 26, 2007
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