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Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by justforfun52, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. justforfun52

    justforfun52 TPF Noob!

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    Hello all,

    I am looking to buy a scanner so that I can digitize my 35mm negatives. I'd like to spend less than $500. Any suggestions? Best bang for your buck? Any help would be great. Thanks,

    Ryan
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you have a supply of slides, a DSLR and don't plan on producing an endless amount of slides in the future then you might concider a set of extension tubes and a slide dupe holder. It's easy, cheap and the quality is reasonably good. If you still are shooting slides and need a good slide scanner for the long term, I would look at DPreview.
     
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    justforfun52 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the reply. What I have are developed negatives that I would like to scan onto my harddrive for backup, cataloging and possible future printing. I don't have slides. I would like a reasonably priced scanner (less than $500) that will allow me to do this. I understand that the quality won't be the same, but I would like to have catalog of my photos because going through the hard copies is difficult.

    Any other suggestions? Thanks

    Ryan
     
  4. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hi Ryan,

    I've been using a Plustek OpticFilm 7200, I found it to be very reliable and best of all it's under $200 at www.tigerdirect.com
     
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    justforfun52 TPF Noob!

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    That looks pretty sweet!! If it's possible, could you please send me a scan that you have made with this unit? Unfortunately, in Canada it's $256.99 CDN or ~$215.95 US. Fortunately, that's still within my budget! Anyways, if you could send me those scans that would be awesome. Thanks for the tip.

    Ryan
     
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    Hey Ryan,

    No problem. Here is a BW scan done last year:

    http://photobucket.com/albums/v196/mitica100/?action=view&current=Kitchen.jpg
     
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    I've got the Konica-Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV. It works Great and cost less than $300.00.Although it takes a while to figure it out.There is so many things you can do,it has very good software.
     

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