Slide and negative scanner recommendations

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by in Technicolor®, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. I have finally decided to get out those old negatives and slides and scan
    them to digital for later videos, slide shows and prints. I most have 35mm,
    but I do have some of parents negatives from the 50's that are larger
    format, like an old brownie style point and shoot camera with negatives
    about 2 to 3 inches in width.
    Any suggestions?
    in Technicolor®, Feb 4, 2008
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    Ken Hart Guest

    If they are from the 1950's and about 2.25 inches wide, they were probably
    made on 620 size film. Modern 120size film is the same size and very common
    among pros. What you need is a scanner that can handle medium format negs.
    Ken Hart, Feb 4, 2008
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    You might find what you need on eBay. When you are done with this monumental
    project, you can resell it on eBay.
    Rudy Benner, Feb 4, 2008
  4. Depends on the quality you expect in the end product. There is an
    endless supply of info about scanners of every stripe, capable and not
    so capable, from the cheap to the ridiculously expensive that can be
    found on the net by using any number of search engines.
    Roy Jose Lorr, Feb 4, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    This answer does not deal with the question. The negative holders
    that are used in scanners usually accommodate 35mm size negatives.
    The OP is asking about holders available for wider negatives.

    Here's a discussion thread on the same subject: Some
    work-arounds are suggested.
    tony cooper, Feb 4, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Also, it's nice if one can get a bit of personal feedback from people who
    have actually used a scanner and see what they think.

    From my perspective, I can tell you my wife and I use an Epson Perfection
    4800. It's an older scanner, but it does good work.

    Sometimes, the software is a bit finicky, but once you have its quirks
    figured out, you can do good scans with it, and it came with holders for the
    sizes you are looking for.

    Good Luck,
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 4, 2008
  7. The subject is too broad for me to cover it in a simple post to this NG.
    I suggested the OP use a search engine which is what you did.
    Roy Jose Lorr, Feb 4, 2008
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    ray Guest

    Epson sells a perfection 4490 photo unit which supports medium format
    scanning for slides and negatives. I've done a couple of hunder scans of
    medium format - works quite well. Got mine about a year and a half ago
    refurb from the Epson online store for $125.
    ray, Feb 4, 2008
  9. Thanks for the info. It looks like most folks are using one of the Epson
    scanners of one sort or another with the occasional homebrewed or
    after-market frames for that odd size. I've seen the Epson's in the stores,
    like Office Depot, etc., and have been curious as to how photographers liked
    in Technicolor®, Feb 4, 2008
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    ray Guest

    I'm certainly not a professional photographer. When my mother died about
    a year and a half ago, we discovered a large quantity of photos, slides,
    negatives of various vintages - my sister is a genaeology freak and
    insisted on having copies of everything. I'm quite pleased with the Epson
    4490. Main reason I generally go Epson is good Linux support at
    english. Got the 4490 because of it's ability to handle medium format
    ray, Feb 4, 2008
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