Scanner for photos and film

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Cams, Nov 19, 2007.

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    Cams Guest

    I'd like to go through my shoe boxes of photos and negatives and
    digitize them all. I'm looking for advice on the best way of going about

    I'm looking to scan everything, rather than cherry picking individual
    images, then process everything when it's done. Is there a particular
    scanner that folks recommend for doing this relatively quickly and
    easily? Ideally I'd like to have the capability of scanning prints as
    well, in cases where I have prints but no negatives.

    I have both regular 35mm film and APS cartridges. Windows or Mac is

    My internet research seems to indicate that the Epson Perfection V700
    or V750 would be good candidates but I'm not sure whether there is a way
    to deal with APS film on these scanners. Also, my retailer of choice
    would be Pixmania (they have a Luxembourg page on their site and I'm in
    Luxembourg until January). However, I note that the one they have is
    listed as a V750 while many sites found through Google are referencing
    the V750-M. I can find no comparison of these two or indication of
    whether it is indeed just an updated name for the same model. Does
    anyone know whether the M version is more recent?

    Thanks in advance
    Cams, Nov 19, 2007
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    ray Guest

    You can't do it 'relatively quickly and easily'. If you have very many,
    which it sounds like you do, it will be very time consuming no matter what
    equipment you choose.
    ray, Nov 19, 2007
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    ray Guest

    IMHO - with the 'wrong equipment' it can't be done.
    ray, Nov 19, 2007
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    Scanning negatives or slides is a classic example of the
    quality/speed/price choice: You get to pick any two of the three.
    Mark Roberts, Nov 19, 2007
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    Cams Guest

    Thanks for the input. Since posting I discovered the dedicated scanner
    forum (where I ought to have posted!) - please forgive my newbie-ness!
    I spent a while reading the threads that interested me and learned a
    great deal. This thread has been helpful also, particularly with regard
    to learning the time required.

    I'm not really looking to scan images with a view possibly to printing
    ANY of them. In fact, the idea is to get rid of my existing prints and
    have everything archived and tagged digitally. So with the idea that I
    won't ever print any of my digital scans, would I not be able to scan at
    lower than maximum resolution and thereby speed up the process?

    I have several shoeboxes filled with a lifetime's worth of photos (say
    20 years?), many of which are not really worth keeping but might still
    be worth having low-res jpegs. A lot of them are still in the print-shop
    envelopes with accompanying negatives but I guess there will be a lot
    for which a) I have no negatives or b) which are not stored with the

    The original plan was to scan the photos first. This is because we are
    about to move house (in 6 weeks' time) and I wanted to get rid of
    several albums of photos. I would do the negative scanning process later
    on after we had moved and replace any scanned photos with the
    corresponding negative once/if found. Does scanning photos take as long
    as scanning negatives? And with regard to the Epson V7x0 scanners, is
    the V750 faster than the V700?

    Many thanks for the help. I'm very glad to have found these forums!
    Cams, Nov 20, 2007
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