Recommendation: Digitize collection: decent 35mm/aps negative scanner (or prints?)

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Johan, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. Johan

    Johan Guest

    I have a lot of 35mm and APS negs (and prints) taken with P-n=S gear
    and disposables over the years (so the quality is pretty low).

    I'd like to digitize them. I lean primarily towards negative scanning

    1) some of the prints have been mislaid / lost / damaged
    2) I imagine that film is easier to automate (just set up color
    correction for the film process, and load one strip at a time, or
    cartrige for aps). Can even get attachments.

    However, if prints are easier/significantly cheaper to process, that
    works too.

    Can you lot suggest a cheapish scanner of sufficient quality to
    extract the availible information from the not-so-great quality snaps
    I've taken?

    If you recommend a flatbed, I'll likely keep it, but a film only
    scanner I'll likely sell on ebay as soon as I'm done with it, so if
    you can recommend an easily sold brand, that'd be great.

    As such, price isn't so much a fact as how easy it is to get a decent
    resale price.

    Perhaps such equipment can be rented / borrowed in the boston area?
    Johan, Oct 8, 2004
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  2. Johan

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Look carefully at the specifications of film scanners. Some have an APS
    attachment, and that is about the only good way to scan APS. These
    devices are like a small camera body that you place the APS film into,
    and then load that into the scanner. Without that, it would be much
    tougher to scan APS films.
    Not sure how cheap you want to go, but there are many new and used
    choices under $500. It also depends upon the final use for the scans,
    web only, or print to inkjet, or higher quality printing.
    I don't know of any APS capable flat scanners, unless you pull the film
    out of each cartridge (not recommended). If you only have a few APS
    cartridges to scan, you might just want to go the print route, and scan
    those, but they will not show much detail.
    Sounds like you want to buy one, use it only a short time, and then sell
    it. Used scanner gear might be a better choice for you, just make sure
    it comes with the original software. If you bought new, you would loose
    more money on selling the scanner later.
    Absolutely. However, you need to weigh the cost of having someone scan
    for you, to the cost of doing it yourself. The cost is not just the
    gear, but also your time. There should be many places that can place
    those images on CD-Rs for you, which would be fine for internet or
    e-mail uses.
    Gordon Moat, Oct 8, 2004
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  3. Johan

    Johan Guest

    Perhaps such equipment can be rented / borrowed in the boston area?
    That's what I'd most like to do, but the prices are ... steep for the
    quality. You get less than 2 megapixels... however, if they get the
    color process right (is that a given? is it--or enough info to figure
    it out--encoded on the 35mm negative somehow?) it would probably be
    worth it.
    Johan, Oct 11, 2004
  4. Johan

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Really, that depends upon the skill of the person operating the machine.
    I think if it was close, you should be able to figure it out without much
    trouble. Of course, you want to avoid heavy edits and changes on such small
    files, since you could badly degrade the image quality.
    Gordon Moat, Oct 11, 2004
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