My girlfriend is doing a photogrpahy degree and she wants to look into getting a negative scanner(is this the same as transparency adapter) so that she can scan her 35mm films directly into the pc for digital edtiting. She already has a normal scanner but was wondering where we may find an adapter and how much it may cost. Will it be worth buying seperate? Or would it work out the same cost to get a new scanner with a 35mm neg adapter on? Thanks for help and time people
For quality, and I should think this is what your girlfriend wants, a negative, or rather film scanner as they will scan slides as well as negatives both b/w & colour, is the only way to go. I too use the Minolta Dimâge Scan Dual - III is the latest. Very good, good price, good software. It is USB.
For anything more than a casual snapshot, a dedicated scanner is essential.
As a studio we still use real photographic film and convert to digital via a film scanner and as your girlfriend is doing a photography degree, I strongly suggest she does the same.
For information, we work in transparencies rather than negative but there is no reason why you shouldn't work in any medium you feel comfortable in. It is best not to work from a print, though, if you are hoping for high quality (publishable) results.
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