Photoshop programs and 35mm?

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  1. New Hampshire

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    Hey folks,

    I'm just wondering if 35mm film users can get any benifit out of a Photoshop type program? I have a Cannon Pixma MP500 scanner/printer/copyer/photo printer, but I'm wondering if scanned film prints will be reproduced perfectly well enough to be used on the computer with a Photoshop program. (Hmmm, ok, I guess this could be a "is my scanner good enough" question as much as photoshop program question....sorry :lol: )

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    Stashed away somewhere I have an old Epson Perfection 3170. This is a flatbed scanner with a "NEG SCANNER" built in. Not as good as a dedicated neg scanner. But good enough for most applications. Scanning prints is frankly not good enough. but if you can get a good neg scanner (And these days they are very good and comparatively cheap. That is what you need. You can then get your images into PhotoShop in a manner and at a definition that is usable. (between 30 and 50 megs is the norm today. But I used to scan negs at 25 megs in the "Old Days").
     
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    See, and when I posted this I thought "what a stupid question for me to be asking" :lol: . I guess this proves there is no such thing as a stupid question!

    Ok, so I've browsed around a bit on the Cannon site for Negative Scanners. Thankfully it looks like I can get myeslef into one for between $100 and $180! Not too shabby actually.

    So thank you very much. I learned something new today :thumbup: .

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    Another option would be to have your photos copied to a cd when they are developed.
     
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    I tried that once when I had my film developed at Wal Mart. The pictures came out fine in print, but on the cd every single one was horribly blurry and barely discernable. I wonder if maybe it was just a fluke or something?

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    I would think that is a fluke, but, just like any time you are depending on someone else to develop your work, it's a good idea to find someone you know is reliable and stick with them.
     
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    Have your film developed and scanned at a pro lab, and you'll see a quality increase for sure.
     
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    Would Ritz Camer be considered "pro"? I searched through the phone book the other day looking for camera shops, and the only really dedicated "Photo shops" anywheres near me is 2 Ritz Camera stores :???: . There are a couple of other places that have "potential" a bit of a drive away, but I do not think they do film developing....just sell camera equipment (though I could be wrong.)

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    Well, I can't attest to the quality of Ritz personally, but they are a national camera store, and I can almost gurantee that their processing and scanning will be higher quality than Walmart.
     
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    Thank you very much Matt!

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    Ritz camera scanning is low-res unless you ask for a higher res scan. this is more expensive. I think noone has stated the obvious here yet but if you want the editing benifits of digital isn't it time to just get a digital camera? just asking,
     

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