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Can anyone recommend a good scanner for negatives

Big Bri 22 16.7k United Kingdom
9 Feb 2020 2:41PM
I'm after something that will take strips of 4 negatives as cut up by Boots back in the day, that will allow me to load it and do four scans as quickly as possible, with good quality. Ideally something that will connect to my PC and scan directly to a folder rather than an SD card.
If it can do slides as well, all the better.
Does anyone have any first hand recommendations?

franken Plus
20 5.7k 4 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2020 6:55PM
Currys do a few flatbed scanners that also have the ability to scan negs and slides.
There's a few dedicated film and slide scanners on Amazon.
I'm away from my pc and on my tablet so doing links is a pain. I've no first hand recommendations as it's been quite some time since I did any scanning.
Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2020 7:55PM
I use an Epson V500 scanner, which will scan prints, slides & negatives......with the negatives in strips if need be !!

The scanning resolution is adjustable, & has given me some superb results, with impressive image quality !!

Well recommended if you can find one.............there are 4 on Ebay at the moment from £50 to £150 !!.Smile
altitude50 18 23.5k United Kingdom
9 Feb 2020 10:19PM
A couple of years ago I bought a scanner, it was badged Ion but was identical to the 'Digit Now' one on Amazon but secondhand. For a cheap item it worked very well and stored the scans on a SD card. The scans from film strips was quick & easy.
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
10 Feb 2020 8:31AM

Quote:I use an Epson V500 scanner, (snipped)
The scanning resolution is adjustable, & has given me some superb results, with impressive image quality !!

With high resolution and high D Max (ability to handle the wide dynamic range of film) this type of scanner does the best film scans.
HOWEVER - before you buy a second hand scanner - check the maker has software to support your current operating system.
Epson tends to withdraw support for older scanners rather quickly.
You can get something like Silverfast to run many older but good (like the Epson 4990) scanners - but will not get change out of £100.
Big Bri 22 16.7k United Kingdom
10 Feb 2020 9:35AM
Thanks for the suggestions so far.
Just to clarify, I have already looked at Amazon and seen what is available, I was really looking for a first hand recommendation.

I've used many flatbed scanners in the past (I used to develop photo kiosk software and had to add support for pretty much everything Epson made back in the day).
(I too had to get rid of one when I upgraded to Windows 7 and another when I went to Windows 10)
Currently have a Canon LED one which is tiny and light and bloody useless Grin

Anyway, I don't have room for one on my desk permanently (or at least for the duration of the planned project, which I expect will take some months) so I was looking for a small dedicated film scanner.
I've seen the Ion one - an acquaintance of mine was recently selling hers second hand for a tenner, but I've no idea of the quality, and she is, let's say, not as demanding as me Smile

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