Scanning 35mm negatives at home

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For those of you who do it, what scanner are you using and what do you think of it? I shoot both color and B&W, and I'm getting to the point where picking up a scanner would be more economical than getting CDs when I develop. Thanks.
 

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For those of you who do it, what scanner are you using and what do you think of it? I shoot both color and B&W, and I'm getting to the point where picking up a scanner would be more economical than getting CDs when I develop. Thanks.

I needed a printer that would make good quality 8x10 glossy (both BW & Color), so I
purchased a Canon MP990. It has a flm scanner built into the top of it that produces
very good scans.

Canon Pixma MP990 review
 

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i've been using a canon 8800f. It can scan 35mm and 120mm, and is reasonably priced.
 

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I don't scan much 35mm any more...I'm still limping along with a Minolta ScanDual...
 

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I had an epson 750m. it allows wet mount if you want to get real fancy.
 

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I use the Nikon Coolscan V ED and am quite please with its performance; makes a 70Mb tiff of one image with excellent resolution.
 

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V700 is good for quanity, since you can scan 24 negatives at a time. Hand fed 35mm film scanners typically hold the film flatter and hence produce slightly better results, but are SLOW to use.
 

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i am in the same boat as the original poster, i know alot of the flat bed scanners do great with MF but not so great with 35mm, after much research i decided to go with the canon pixma mp990, i cant wait to get it, should be here in two days. ive heard it scans 35mm well and on top of that its an awesome printer, all for $140.
 

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Erm, well; sorry to be the pauper here but i've been able to try a couple of
slide scanners and found them good but very slow. I really didnt want to
spend a fortune on a scanner and forever copying the slides/negs.

I bought an old Tokina Video Slide Copier for £8 off fleabay and it was one of
the best things i got. It screws onto the filter ring and its like shedding peas.

Push a slide into the end of it and click, its done, i did around a 100 in just
over an hour, try that with the average scanner. The quality is fine for what
i need... This was taken about 25 years ago on 400 film...

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I use a number of scanners, for 35mm film, a Polaroid SprintScan 4000, worth every bit of the $100 it cost me. Film grain becomes the limiting factor in scanning.

For larger negatives that are under 4x5, as well as 35mm slides, I use my Kodak SLR/n on a Beseler Dual Mode Slide Duplicator. Quick, easy post, as I have a few actions set up in Photoshop to handle neg/pos conversion and basic level issues. Great for prints up to around 10x15 or so.

For 4x5 and up, I use either a Umax Powerlook III or a Linotype Opal Ultra, depending on what the final resolution requirements are.

Software in all scanner cases in Vuesoft, though I have Silverfast and LinoColor for the Lino, the Vuescan software has a much more streamlined workflow.

An example of a 35mm negative, scanned at 4000 ppi, below:

1_6 by epatsellis, on Flickr
 

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I'm using the Canon 8800f for MF and 35mm, and it works well for me - no complaints at all, actually. The Epson V700 (or the newer V750) looks like it'd be even better though, if you can afford it.
 

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