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Old 04-04-2010, 21:25   #1 (permalink)
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Negative scanning

I have browsed the net for scanners and found that (a) a quality scanner will probably cost big bucks and (b) it seems that for every person that considers a particular scanner good anothe one considers it near worthless. I had considered purchasing a scanner but because of the above have put that on hold till I get some real life experience with scanned negatives.

Any recommendations of where to get quality scans of 6X6 and 6X4.5 B&W negatives? I have never posted a picture on line and have no idea of the quality of scan I need or any other factors which may affect the posted photograph so any suggestions are welcome.

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Old 04-04-2010, 21:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Negative scanning

Welcome to Pixalo Rich

Scanning can be a can of worms with different scanners and software. Unless you are going to be scanning an enormous quantity of pictures and/or negs, I think a good quality flatbed scanner will do the job more that adequately, and has the advantage that it will scan other stuff too, unlike a dedicated photo/neg scanner.

Off the top of my head the Epson V750 got good reviews, but I'm sure that Canon also make good scanners.

Most photo labs will put prints or negs onto CD or U&SB drives as far as I know. If you ask them I'm sure that they will provide not only high quality files, but smaller ones suitable for web display. However, bear in mind that most sites will have size limits, both physical and file size. Pixalo is no exception. Our file size limit is no bigger than 1000 pixels on the longest side and under 300kb. Also, for web display the resolution does not need to be more that 72 DPI. Your best option is to get the images on your computer then resize them yourself with some editing software. I believe that Picasa, although not a 'proper' editing programm will allow you to resize your pictures and it is a free download.
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Old 04-04-2010, 22:09   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Negative scanning

Thanks. I have Gimp so I'll get a few high quality scans locally then give that a try.

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Re: Negative scanning

Epson Perfection V500 is a good one to look at. I got one a few months ago after going to a seminar at Epson on scanning and retouching.

Does everything including 6x6 and 6x4.5

It will do colour, b&w and all your prints and has Digital Ice software that will almost restore a photo in one pass.

Well worth the £190 from Amazon.

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Old 05-04-2010, 03:18   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Negative scanning

Thank you Chris from 35mm negative to A4 paper sounds ideal.

I simply wanted something that would give me workable scans for the internet. I rather balked at the £ 700 plus price tag of the coolscan 5000 that many seemed to think was the minimum anybody should be satisfied with. £200 is in the range I was hoping for. Still I'll play around with a few that have been scanned professionally till I get a feel for what to expect.

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Re: Negative scanning

It's interesting how people's perception changes. I used to have an old and silly expensive SCSI Nikon Coolscan and was very happy with the results that gave me. But the quality from my V750 is streets ahead of that. So, whilst I am sure that a newer dedicated film scanner will give better results still, a flatbed will almost certainly work very well for a lot more than web scans.
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Re: Negative scanning

HI RICH, I HAVE A CANONSCAN 8600F, WHICH I FIND TO BE VERY GOOD. I THINK THIS MODEL HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED BY CANONSCAN 8000F, HERE IS A LINK TO AMAZON, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT IT IS LIKE.

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HI RICH, I HAVE A CANONSCAN 8600F, WHICH I FIND TO BE VERY GOOD. I THINK THIS MODEL HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED BY CANONSCAN 8000F, HERE IS A LINK TO AMAZON, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT IT IS LIKE.

Canon Canoscan 8000F: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
Thank you sir I will take a look at that one as well.

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If you want the negative turned into a photo, have you tried scanning it and use the photo editing software's "negative image" feature?
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Re: Negative scanning

Herry you can't simply scan a negative. Normal scanners use reflected light this won't scan a negative. The films scanners pass light through the negative and detect it on the opposite side. They then convert that from Negative to positive.

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