advice on buying a photo negative scanner

  pharte 21:10 30 Dec 2003
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I have thousands of old photos I want to scan and put into my pc / onto disc, what are the deciding factors when buying a negative scanner and any other issues to consider?

  sdf 21:29 30 Dec 2003

i use a visioneer 9020 for that purpose and it does it very well. I have found 1600dpi to be about right as then the images can be zoomed, stretched etc if the mood took you.

  dewskit 21:31 30 Dec 2003

What format are the original negs/transparencies in?

I have had good results from 6 x 7 and 6 x 4.5 negs using an Epson Perfection 1240U Photo scanner, which comes with a lightbox to provide illumination when scanning. (I know there is a later model now though)

If 35 mm, might also work OK with the Epson, but for the best possible results there are specialist scanners from Canon and Nikon - Morgans had some at reduced prices a while back

Hope this helps

  pharte 21:38 30 Dec 2003

all my negatives are 35mm film from the photo shop, I would prefer a stand alone negative scanner rather than a general scanner but not the professional (expensive) type

  dewskit 21:54 30 Dec 2003

Just had a look on Jessops website (click here) and they have the Epson Perfection 2400 with built in transparency/negative illumination in their sale @ £128.90 think this would probably do everything you need - comes with Photoshop Elements too.

  Ixora 22:00 30 Dec 2003

Jessops do negative scanners at quite a low price compared to the more expensive Cannon & Nikon ones. They have one at £349.00 and their own brand at £369.00. at click here

  Ixora 22:16 30 Dec 2003

If you want the ultimate in quility then a dedicated negative scanner is a must. If you do not want to pay the high price for a dedicated scanner then as dewskit says the flatbed Epson Perfection 2400 is a very good buy. At the moment I am in the process of scanning approx 16,000 slides into Fotostation 4.5 in order to keep a record of what I send to librarys and publishers worldwide useing an Epson Perfection 1260. This scanner is quite adequate for my needs although the spec is less than the 2400. At £128.90 the 2400 is a good buy.

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