Film Negative Scanner - Recommendations


aliengrove

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 08:16
Mannesty wrote:
aliengrove wrote:
... taking several shots (6 or more for a 120 negative) and combining them as a panorama.

That has got to be an extremely impractical method for dealing with many hundreds, in my case thousands, of negatives.

I wouldn't want to do it with thousands of negatives...
I only shoot about one film a month, almost all of it 120 film which is difficult to get scanned (impossible here), so I photograph them all with a single shot, and if they look good on the computer I will try multiple shots stitched together. If I start shooting a lot of film, I'll probably buy a scanner.
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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 08:34
aliengrove wrote:
I was looking for a scanner until I read an interesting article about photographing negatives using a 1:1 macro lens, taking several shots (6 or more for a 120 negative) and combining them as a panorama. Not tried it yet but will be as soon as I have made a decent light-table.

I read this too. I'm not sure what the results will be like but the setup must be hard, the process will be very slow, plus the PP necessary without the dedicated scanner software would make it a real pain.
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JohnX

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 09:01
AndrewA wrote:

I have statred re-using my ME Super (an hopefully will soon have a Spotmatic) so want to just get my films developed so I can scan them and then process my shots myself.

If the volume is low, considered having the film developed and scanned by a specialist lab?

Mannesty

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 10:23
aliengrove wrote:
Mannesty wrote:
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... taking several shots (6 or more for a 120 negative) and combining them as a panorama.

That has got to be an extremely impractical method for dealing with many hundreds, in my case thousands, of negatives.

I wouldn't want to do it with thousands of negatives...
I only shoot about one film a month, almost all of it 120 film which is difficult to get scanned (impossible here), so I photograph them all with a single shot, and if they look good on the computer I will try multiple shots stitched together. If I start shooting a lot of film, I'll probably buy a scanner.

Understood. I was thinking that it might be a viable process for a low volume of larger format negatives, but not the masses of 35mm negs that I'm sure most of us have.

I'd be interested to see some results from this method though.
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jamieallan

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 11:47
AndrewA wrote:
I haven't really got a budget, any money will need to be eeked out of the man-drawer sales so to speak!

I have statred re-using my ME Super (an hopefully will soon have a Spotmatic) so want to just get my films developed so I can scan them and then process my shots myself.

I think I would also like to start scaning my parents slide collection for them too.

Andrew for your parents slide collection how about this? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OHNAR-ZOOM-Reverser-slide-duplicator-Pentax-K-adapt-NE...

You'd need to be quick though.
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grahamwalton

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 12:36
The old Ohnar Slide Copiers were made for full frame film cameras. On an APSC digital camera, they crop the image.

I do not know whether their are now newer versions, which allow for the smaller crop image.
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JAK

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 14:36
wasleys wrote:
For serious work something like one of the Dimage Scan Duals (I have the II and it's good but the process is slow). If there's a problem with old drivers VueScan will probably provide an answer.

For less critical work I have been surprised by how good my Epson Perfection V600 Photo is.

I have both the Scan Dual II and IV. Both are excellent scanners. The II needs a SCSI interface while the IV is USB. The supplied driver doesn't work beyond XP but with a modified driver (a simple edit of the original file in notepad) the IV works absolutely fine on a new 64 bit Windows 7 PC. VueScan is good but not necessary to use the scanner. If only other driver modifications were so simple.

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wasleys

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 15:34
JAK wrote:

I have both the Scan Dual II and IV. Both are excellent scanners. The II needs a SCSI interface while the IV is USB.

My Scan Dual II has USB.

wasleys

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 16:11
wasleys wrote:
JAK wrote:

I have both the Scan Dual II and IV. Both are excellent scanners. The II needs a SCSI interface while the IV is USB.

My Scan Dual II has USB.

A quick Google suggests the original Scan Dual was SCSI.

duncanM

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 17:03
My Mark11 also has a USB interface
wasleys wrote:
...a simple edit of the original file in notepad) the IV works absolutely fine on a new 64 bit Windows 7 PC

...where can details be found, please?

wasleys

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 17:14
duncanM wrote:
My Mark11 also has a USB interface
wasleys wrote:
...a simple edit of the original file in notepad) the IV works absolutely fine on a new 64 bit Windows 7 PC

...where can details be found, please?

It was JAK wrote that, not me.

AndrewA

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 18:38
jamieallan wrote:
AndrewA wrote:
I haven't really got a budget, any money will need to be eeked out of the man-drawer sales so to speak!

I have statred re-using my ME Super (an hopefully will soon have a Spotmatic) so want to just get my films developed so I can scan them and then process my shots myself.

I think I would also like to start scaning my parents slide collection for them too.

Andrew for your parents slide collection how about this? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OHNAR-ZOOM-Reverser-slide-duplicator-Pentax-K-adapt-NE...

You'd need to be quick though.

Bugger....
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JAK

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 21:09
wasleys wrote:
wasleys wrote:
Quote:

I have both the Scan Dual II and IV. Both are excellent scanners. The II needs a SCSI interface while the IV is USB.

My Scan Dual II has USB.

A quick Google suggests the original Scan Dual was SCSI.

Must have been that then... the box is long gone and haven't used it recently. It is however definitely SCSI ! Thanks for letting me know.

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