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Negative scanners

10 Sep 2011 1:34PM
Hi been wanting to scan my old negatives and turn them into digital, seen some rather cheap scanners that do this but am wondering about the quaility of the scans?
Any advice would be greatly welcomed Grin

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12 572 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2011 2:14PM
Would a light box and a macro lens give you good enough quality ?

10 Sep 2011 2:18PM
thought of that , may give it a try , but using these dedicated scanners seems easier as they d/load straight to comp, thanks for the suggestion.
Grin John.
ellis rowell 13 2.0k United Kingdom
11 Sep 2011 12:15PM
I have used both methods. Scanning with a flatbed film/slide scnner, although ti does four at a time is slow. Using a base board and photographing slides (3.5 inch) was much faster (and not possible with the scanner). I used a Panasonic FZ10 at Macro with a 1 dioptre supplementary lens, focus distance was very short.
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2011 2:41PM
I have used a 5D and a lightbox for quarter plate and larger, glass and film. That works pretty well. I have not made a careful test comparison with a flatbed, but as the results were good I suppose didn't feel the need.
I have not tried smaller sizes, I've only scanned them.
The idea of doing a macro job on them might be worthwhile. For 35mm, I have only used a 35mm scanner, but there are some odd old film sizes that don't fit that, and don't fit very well on a flat bed scanner either - I might try taping them flat on the lightbox, and see how that goes.

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