Best Way To Scan Negatives

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  1. kilifila66

    kilifila66 TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone! I was just wondering what I should do to scan my negatives into my computer. I heard that the Epson 4180 is a good choice but thats about the only thing I seen that has negative support. Any suggestions, comments, or solutions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    OK, I understand that Minolta is a big corporation but their scanner is 3,200 dpi while the other is 7,200 AND 100$ cheaper!

    Is there something I'm missing here?... or is the 7200 dpi scanner truly the superior model?
     
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    Once the 35mm negatives are scanned, how clear is the image on the computer and how big can it be made?
     
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    I'm seriously interested in buying a film scanner now that I found out about them.... this will definitely be helpful since my current scans suck. Plus, this will allow post-processing for my film shots.
     
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    wow i was wondering the same thing at best buy just a few days ago, now that i see that minolta film scanner, i might have to pick one up, that would make my life so much easier! but i too would like to know about the quality of the scans...
     
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    I am fortunate to have the shop (my workplace)'s NIKON COOLSCAN LE 5000 D to scan my negs and slides with.

    The quality is by far superior to flatbed scans.

    I get approx 5300 x 3600 pixels on 35mm film. That means that at 300dpi output i can print 17.6 x 12v inch prints. If i scan at highest res and asve as Tiff in 16bit colour depth I end up with 110Mb files.

    Typically I scan high quality JPEG's at about 10Mb ea.

    Hanno

    PS when looking at scanners specs also look at D-max rating - the higher the number the better the contrast range the scanner can handle. under correction but i believe a D-max of 4 or above is supposed to be good.


    Hanno
     
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    OK, just to prove that I actually did search, I'm bringing up this old thread. What are people using these days to scan negs? Where did you buy? From reading this and a couple reviews at B&H, it seems like I can expect to spend around $500 to get decent negative scans without a ton of corrections. Is this about right?

    If possible, please provide links to the film scanner you're happy with. I don't really want a flatbed scanner, as I wouldn't use it much, and I don't have the desk space.
     
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    I'm with you. I have a SCSI interface HP Photosmart S20 which is a nice toy, 300 DPI 36 bit color. Time to upgrade. I want to do slides and film, don't care about flatbeds, I have a few already.

    I have slides going back to the 50s and I think it's time to archive them on DVDs before I lose another batch of my favorites, like I did in a flood.
     
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    I would only reccommend the NIKON 5000 ... I tried several scanners including minolta. but as in workflow and superior scan quality, I got stuck with the nikon for negatives and slides.
     
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    I have the Minolta Dual Scan III and it works great. It is about 3 years old and scans at 2800 dpi. I will not use a flatbed scanner for negatives, you will not get the quality out of it as a dedicated negative scanner.
     
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    Can you get a dedicated film scanner for under $500? I might be getting a flatbed (Canon 8400f, Epson 4490, HP something) for about $200, just cause I can't afford others.
     

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