Newb: Scanning negatives question

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Howard, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. All the film scanners I've used do their focusing automatically before
    the scan. I've never had to look for a manual option.
    Can you see any film grain?

    Are you still talking about negatives or is this happening to slides
    that are mounted between glass?
    Willy Eckerslyke, Nov 26, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    If the dust is in focus then the scanner is focusing OK. Cleaning
    your negatives with ASPEC or similar film cleaner might help.

    But please bear in mind, this model of Plustek scanner has a
    reputation for producing fuzzy images. Plus, your negatives won't be
    the sharpest for the reasons of film and camera choice we have already
    discussed. That's why it's worth trying your local ASDA (or Boots) to
    have a couple of negatives scanned and printed on a Fuji Frontier. It
    will give you an idea of what your scans should or could look like.
    Bruce, Nov 26, 2009
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    Howard Guest

    Only Colour Negatives. There were never any slides.

    Howard, Nov 27, 2009
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    Howard Guest

    I will do that thanks Bruce. I am in Dublin, Ireland and not sure that
    service is available but I will call them.

    Howard, Nov 27, 2009
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    Rob Morley Guest

    On one side of the film - I wonder if the emulsion is on the other
    side ...
    Rob Morley, Nov 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    In 1999 (that is only just 10 years ago) Nikon launched their first
    *Professional* DSLR... It was 2.74Mp (and it cost the earth). A 6 or
    7Mp DSLR is good for most things a lot of the time.
    Chris H, Nov 27, 2009
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    It is. The resolution of the lens is the deciding factor.

    Good low light capability is better than more pixels.

    All IMO of course.
    Geoff Berrow, Nov 27, 2009
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    Rob Morley Guest

    And the dynamic/tonal range of the sensor.
    Rob Morley, Nov 27, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    According to their web site, the Dublin, Liffey Valley branch of Boots
    has a minilab that deals with film.
    Bruce, Nov 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    This is all true.

    The newer 6mp Cameras are a lot better than 10 years ago. The point was
    the 2.7mp Camera was a Professional camera in 1999! Not that long ago.

    I think that around 12mp DSLR (Nikon/Canon standard )is better than 95%
    of 35mm film could ever be. A 6-8mp Nikon/Canon DSLR (or similar) will
    do more than most people could do with a 35mm film camera.

    However I note that the DX sensor seems to be maxed at 12Mp and the
    24MP is for the FX and of course you do need the appropriate lenses. The
    image on the sensor will only be as good as the lens putting it there.

    This all of course assumes that you also have the similar quality
    lenses. Modern lenses are better than the old ones due to improved
    techniques and the omnipresent computers to do the maths...

    This is why a P&S 6MP will not be as good as a 6MP DSLR. The DSLR has a
    better/bigger sensor, better/bigger lenses etc
    Chris H, Nov 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    Trouble is in a lot of places they are only running them once a week or
    once a fortnight :-(

    Where we are (Midlands UK) they have taken them out of most of the in
    store mini labs and ship the films in to one of the larger Boots in the
    area and it does a run once a week. The 1 hour turnaround is now 1
    Chris H, Nov 27, 2009
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    Dave Guest

    I bought my Nikon Coolpix about that time. 1.2Mp and it cost £600
    (600UKP). It gobbled NiMH batteries partly because the autofocus was
    always on. It came with a 4MB Compact Flash card and I bought a 20MB
    to supplement it. Had to take a laptop to Switzerland to store the

    In contrast my new Pentax K7 takes 14.6MB images. Some of the old
    Nikon pictures can be seen here:

    They've been edited down from the original 1280 x 960 to 1024 x 768
    which was probably the size of my monitor at the time. Currently the
    main monitor is 1920 x 1080 but mostly I edit down to 1280 wide for
    personal use or for my website.

    regards Dave.
    <> 4100 photos especially
    Edinburgh & Scotland. + 3D rendered art, old ads etc.
    Délété david for email; watch the spam filters.
    Dave, Nov 27, 2009
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I think perhaps that should be Midlands England, otherwise there might
    be some confusion because the Highlands and Lowlands are up there ^ and
    the Midlands should clearly be in between them. |
    Rob Morley, Nov 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    It must be Friday Afternoon :)
    Chris H, Nov 27, 2009
  15. We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    Too much of a sweeping statement there.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Dec 26, 2009
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