film scanners

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  1. cpelsy2k1

    cpelsy2k1 TPF Noob!

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    guys,

    Im just dabbling into the world of 35mm and im trying to cut the cost of developing and digitalizing my prints. Are there film scanners that take your film roll without developing it? if not is it worth it to buy one of these film scanners and just get the negatives developed? Or is the best option to just get the prints put on a cd rom? or to simply get the prints and scan them into the computer? thanks!
     
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    i use the minolta dimage 4 and love it
    it does slides and 35mm neg (color and b&w)

    there are cheaper ones that this though
     
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    You can't have a scanner develop your film, unless it has a slot for you to pour the chemicals in. :)

    A lot of flatbed scanners with film scanning capabilities do rather poorly. Unless you look at the more expensive models like the Epson 4990, which do pretty good. Expensive models often come with professional scanning software.

    Dedicated film scanners are really the best choice if you have lots of film you intend to get GOOD scans/prints from. Especially, if you plan to make large prints, mini photo-lab CDs might not be enough to make decent larger-sized prints.

    Your local library MIGHT have a dedicated/flatbed film scanner for public use.

    Call them and check!!! Maybe you could talk them into buying one if they don't.
     

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