Scanning Colour Negative Film?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by John_H, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. John_H

    John_H Guest

    Is there any processor who does a decent job of this?...

    I've used Extrafilm for yonks and always find their film processing
    good value for money (even though their own film is pretty awful).
    OTOH their scanning service (photos on CD) is truly abysmal...
    overexposed, poor contrast and washed out colours (which no doubt has
    a fair bit to do with the file sizes used).

    Or is there some other way -- eg an affordable scanner?
    John_H, Mar 1, 2006
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  2. John_H

    k Guest

    | Or is there some other way -- eg an affordable scanner?

    Canon FS4000US is a very fine scanner and should be available sub $1000

    Reviewed as having the sharpest 35mm optics, the software is utter crud and
    won't let the user anywhere near the dynamic range possible.

    - As a consequence I'd strongly recommend getting Vuescan ( )
    which really unlocks this scanners potential, especially given the multipass
    capability :)

    k, Mar 1, 2006
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    I have one of these and while I am very happy with the optics, the
    dynamic range is probably not quite as good as the 4000dpi Nikons
    (although the depth of field/film flatness is better and the optics are
    as good or better). You also need a SCSI card on your computer unless
    you have a lot of patience waiting for scan data to transfer on USB 1.1.
    With the SCSI card the scan times are reasonable, but not as fast as the
    new Nikons, especially when using infrared as that requires a seperate
    pass on the Canon, but not on the Nikon. I used a Tekram DC-315U
    SCSI card from a computer market for about $20 and the cable cost another
    few dollars. It was initially installed on Win Me and later on Win XP
    SP2 with no problems (I needed to get an XP driver from the Tekram

    Bottom line, if you can get a 4000dpi Nikon for $1000, don't pay more
    than about $500 for the Canon. If money is tight, I'd recommend it,
    other wise the Nikon, especially if it is one that can do single pass
    multi exposures (I think the Coolscan 4000 but not the Coolscan V, but
    both would be better scanners than the Canon).
    Bruce Graham, Mar 1, 2006
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