Is it possible to scan a negative and get a file I can print from all the time?

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    Hello,

    I was wondering if it was possible instead of bringing a negative to my photo lab to get prints from everytime, if it was possible to scan it at a super high quality, and thus be able to print from it with an email (Or at the very least a dvd/flash drive), and have it look as good as printing from the negative. I am talking a c41 negative to get a color print. And if it is, what type of scan is that? What do I need to know?


     
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    I bought this from Costco online but have not used it yet. Sry no review to offer.
     
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    Yes it's possible. You do need a good quality scan from a film scanner designed to do that job well. Custom labs will often have the hardware and provide the service.

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    I agree, it's possible either to do it yourself with a good scanner or have a lab do a hi-res scan (which could cost more than a lower res scan). I've found it depends on the quality of the original, and to me the prints from a digital copy of an image look different than on traditional photo paper done using C41 developing, but the quality can be comparable.

    I find there to be more difference with my B&W photos I did in the darkroom - if I compare the two - but seeing the digital print separately it can look as sharp etc. as the darkroom print.
     
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    It's called a drum scan and it costs $. Depends on the film size: 35mm or 120? If you want quality, ask around about pro labs in Oakland or SF. Hi-resolution scans will produce better prints.
     
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    I bought a Factory refurbished Epson Perfection V700 Photo a week ago from Epson. I have scanned some 120 negatives and am very pleased with the results. I scanned them at 2400 DPI. It will go up to4800 DPI about as good as the best film.. Not cheap but easy to use. It has the hardware to do 35mm also and normal flatbed scanning as well.
     
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    Thanks, gives me a good google lead. Looks like it might cost me 45 dollars a frame.
     
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    When you've had C-41 negatives printed did you pay $85.00 per print to have them done at a custom lab? If not then odds are you really don't need to get a drum scan. No question a good drum scan is the at the quality high end and you can't do better. But what if you could reduce the cost by 90% in exchange for a 10% reduction in quality?

    There are lots of scanning services out there that use dedicated film scanners and will give you a very good 4000 ppi scan of a 35mm negative for under $5.00.

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    Sorry but the price/quality quotient isn't all that flexible. The OP needs to find a lab in their area and talk over their options. Flatbeds are OK for 120, not so great for 35mm: both do better with height-adjustable after-market neg holders. Aside from Noritsu or Fuji-equipped labs, there aren't many hi-quality dedicated film scanners outside of Imacons.
     
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    I don't agree. I'm not talking about flat-bed scanners. I'm talking about something like this:

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    I know Nikon and Canon etc. don't make them any more, but that doesn't mean all the labs that have them stopped using them. There are plenty of service labs out there that will deliver a 4000 ppi 48 bit scan of a 35mm neg scanned with a similar device for under $5.00. For example: Imagerylab - Pricing of Slide Scanning, Film Scanning and Medium Format Scanning Services.

    I have an Imacon scanner at the college and I have the Nikon scanner pictured above. The Imacon scanner is better -- it d*mn well should be -- but it's not that much better. The price/performance curve gets real steep when you start squeezing out that last 10%.

    For reference here's a full-res 3000 ppi scan of an ISO 200 35mm color neg scanned at 8 bit with a Canon FS4000 dedicated 35mm film scanner: http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/073/9/a/la_salle_by_skoparon-d5y1qyg.jpg That is a raw scan without even spotting. Some sprucing-up in Photoshop and it will make a respectable print that I'm betting will satisfy the OP. A better scan can be had for under $5.00.

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    Nikon no longer services Coolscan 8000/9000 scanners in N. America--good luck if it punks out. The only thing comparable is the new--and largely unreviewed--Plustek OpticFilm 120. That Canon's an oldie! Should be someone in the Bay area who can help the OP.
     
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    Yep, mine is still working just fine and so is that Canon FS 4000, I'm just out of film to scan. Like I said, just because they're discontinued doesn't mean they're not still in service.

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