Film scanners


scouter

Link Posted 22/09/2012 - 23:18
I know it's probably been asked lots of times before
but can anyone recommend a good film scanner for
between about 50 to 100

johnriley

Link Posted 22/09/2012 - 23:35
No such thing really at that price. There are scannera around 100, but they are really only suitable for web size images or very small prints.

Otherwise, it's down to finding a Nikon Coolscan or something of that calibre.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 01:44
Plustek Optic Film 7500i - It's resolution is higher that of the film, works great and about 200, less 2nd hand. I use mine with Vuescan sofrware.









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Last Edited by Smeggypants on 23/09/2012 - 01:44

scouter

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 08:43
I was thinking of something like this, is this any good

ebay

johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 09:23
Flat bed scanners can be used for film, but don't usually have enough resolution for small formats like 35mm. However, at that price you might think it's worth a go.

I have a Nikon Coolscan IV that does well for slides and negatives and a small, cheap Summit PhotoFix SPS that at 100 makes an adequate job for web of 110 and 35mm film.

For big prints you need proper scans. For web use something less may well be very acceptable.
Best regards, John

Algernon

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 09:23
I've not used one, but this looks interesting.
It can scan straight to SD card without a computer.
The write-ups look positive and it seems quick.

Amazon_Link

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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 09:25
That's the same as the Summit just mentioned Algi, so well done finding it at such a low price.
Best regards, John

Algernon

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 09:28
It's also available direct from Veho on ebay as a refurb
for 51 delivered.

Ebay_Link

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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 09:31
Carry on Algi, you might find it for 35 next!
Best regards, John

greynolds999

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 09:50
The point has been made before, these are not scanners.

They are actually digital cameras which will take a photograph of your slide/negative. The problem is that you are using a very cheap camera with a very cheap lens to take a photograph of a high resolution negative. Once you have lost all this quality you cannot get it back.

For someone who simply wants to have a low-res copy of some old holiday snaps they are fine and produce acceptable results. But if you want to retain quality you need a good scanner.

As illustrated in this thread.
My Photobucket
Last Edited by greynolds999 on 23/09/2012 - 09:51

scouter

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 10:59
thanks for all the input certainly lots to think about. Just to shed a little light on what I'm trying to achieve is that I take or plan to take a lot of black and white shots and I can delvelop the films my self, so cutting out the need to put them into my local shop for developing and printing I would normaly get prints back at the standard 6 x 4 so any scanner that could achieve something close to that would be ok.

Christopher.

scouter

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 11:14
to John Riley:

did you mean something like this

Ebay_link

johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 11:29
Something exactly like that. The Nikon software only works up to Windows Vista, not 7, so I use the scanner on my Vista laptop. No doubt there is an alternative scanner software that will work on Windows 7.
Best regards, John

JohnX

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 13:04
Worth exploring getting a lab to develop and scan the films instead?

If the volume is relatively low it may well prove cost effective given cost of chemicals, scanner, your time, etc.
Last Edited by JohnX on 23/09/2012 - 13:05

pentaxian450

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 13:45
johnriley wrote:
The Nikon software only works up to Windows Vista, not 7,

John, it might be worth a try to re-install the software on your computer with Windows 7. I have some software that didn't install on Windows 7 when it came out, but with Windows 7 updates, they became compatible. Maybe you'll be a "lucky winner".
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)
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