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« on: November 09, 2008, 07:30 »
I'm considering buying a film scanner to start to achieve all my old 35mm film, a couple of hundred rolls of my own and who knows how many from parents and in-laws. I am wondering what others have used to do something similar? I'm not looking to spend a fortune on one like a Nikon 9000 or a drum roller but at the same time there seems to be all kinds of cheap low end dedicated scanners that look like crap. Dedicated or flatbed with transparency adapter is what I'm looking at now, any thoughts??

Thanks! :)

« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008, 07:55 »
Don't know how well this works, but the price is right. Don't think it would be good enough for stock, but if you just want to preserve your family memories?


I would like to do the same thing. Please post on how you make out - prices and quality etc.?  Thanks.


« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008, 13:20 »
I have two films scanners, both however out of production: HP Photosmart (2100dpi) and Minolta Scan Dual IV (3200dpi).  The latter showed me how poor my camera's lenses were...  Some images taken in 1995 with a Tokina 28-70mm were much sharper than those taken later with a Sigma 28-80mm, and my older Canon SLR produced great images with its 28 and 50mm lenses, the problem being that images taken over 20 years ago naturally show a decay (even though I keep drier bags next to my slide boxes).

The best choice would be a Nikon, for sure.  Maybe you can get a second hand one?


PS: My experience with flatbad scanners for slide film was disappointing, even using an expensive model from HP with its proper adapter.  If it's just screen resolution you need, it's ok, but it can not produce good high res scans, despite the specs.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2008, 13:22 by madelaide »


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