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Offline philjo

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35mm film scanners
« on: October 28, 2012, 06:47:32 PM »
I have got a lot of old 35mm B&W negatives that need scanning. (probably 5000+ - so a good job for winter!)
Can anyone recommend a dedicated film scanner that is currently available in the UK.
I have an old Epson flatbed which will be fine for the medium format negatives but the 35mm ones were a fiddle & they never scanned straight!

The minolta & Nikon ones are no longer available (& out of my price range anyway).

I use a Mac - some of the ones currently listed have mixed reviews when used on OS X.

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Re: 35mm film scanners
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2012, 04:01:36 PM »
Sorry philjo, I can't help you. I've an old HP slide/neg scanner that work well in its time...not used for years.

Instead of buying a scanner, have you considered having it contracted out? Not sure of the cost of each, but if you purchased a good scanner for a few hundred pounds .. and never used it again...well it might me less to have the done for you.

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Re: 35mm film scanners
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 09:25:12 PM »
philjo, I used to use a USB plug in 35mm scanner and was semi happy with the results.

Due to shooting allot of 35mm and 120mm film I recently upgraded to an Epson V600, I got it 2nd hand from eBay for just over £150. The scanner itself its a little larger than I had wanted and depending on the settings you choose can take a while to complete each scan, but the output quality is superb. The software included is also very clever and can remove dust, scratches and when scanning older slides/negatives it enhances the colours so the results look like new.

Before buying the V600, I had read allot of good reviews about the V500 which can be picked up for a reasonable price too.

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Re: 35mm film scanners
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2012, 12:20:05 AM »
I have got a dedicated film scanner, the Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400, which produces outstanding results. Did you try to get one second hand? Alternatively I also use the Epson Perfction V700 Photo which can also be used for 35mm film. It actually provides very good results and one would be sometimes hard pressed to tell the difference between the dedicated Minolta one and the Epson.

Also with the Minolta one it does take much longer than with the Epson one where you can scan more than one negative at a time. The best scanner software in my opinion is vuescan. Very reasonably priced and it has a huge database of film for getting the colour and the grain right.
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Re: 35mm film scanners
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2012, 09:41:11 AM »
I use a Plustec Opticfilm scanner - very capable, especially if you get one of the infrared models, and can be bought second hand for a reasonable price, and sold on for what you paid (although I decided to keep mine as I have started playing with film again).

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Re: 35mm film scanners
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2012, 08:17:37 AM »
Happened to read this article here http://www.petapixel.com/2012/05/18/how-to-scan-film-negatives-with-a-dslr/ . Sounds interesting and once you get the grip of it seems a pretty fast process.
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