35mm negative scanners

9 posts
9 Sep 2014
dhuntuk
Photographer
dhuntuk
I have come upon some of my old negatives, most of which are still in rolls, and some which have been sliced by the lab. I was just wondering if the 5MP CMOS scanners that I have seen around would be adequate to scan these old films? The original image quality is probably not going to be great, so I do not need anything too expensive. I still have my old PF 3600 Pro scanner that I purchased from Jessops blinking years ago, but I do not think it will work with Windows 8. I believe I was using it with SE98... Any useful advise would be appreciated.
Posted 9 Sep 2014
Edited by dhuntuk 9 Sep 2014
Sdeve
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Sdeve
Best results I've had is by using a digital SLR on a tripod over a small lightbox (auction site £10 inc post). Cheap, quick, once you've got the hang of it, and easy. Some post processing needed for colour negative film but that's not too difficult. Slides are a doddle.

Posted 9 Sep 2014
stolenfaces
Photographer
stolenfaces
dhuntuk
I have come upon some of my old negatives, most of which are still in rolls, and some which have been sliced by the lab. I was just wondering if the 5MP CMOS scanners that I have seen around would be adequate to scan these old films? The original image quality is probably not going to be great, so I do not need anything too expensive. I still have my old PF 3600 Pro scanner that I purchased from Jessops blinking years ago, but I do not think it will work with Windows 8. I believe I was using it with SE98... Any useful advise would be appreciated.
You can probably use your old scanner with windows 8. Look at vuescan it supports most scanners.
Posted 10 Sep 2014
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
I use an old Minolta Dimage II slide/negative scanner linked using a SCSI card under Windows 7 and the excellent VueScan Pro scanner software by Hamrick which has the calibrations in for virtually every make and model of negative film.

Posted 16 Sep 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
Good suggestions..but look at the Plusteks, very well priced and resolution well above the grain of 35mm negs (7,200 theoretical) and slides. Comes with Silver fast and nice features like multi scan and dust & scratch removal (which works apparently) and you could of course also download Vuescan which many swear by.

Posted 21 Sep 2014
RedChecker
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RedChecker
OldMaster
Good suggestions..but look at the Plusteks, very well priced and resolution well above the grain of 35mm negs (7,200 theoretical) and slides. Comes with Silver fast and nice features like multi scan and dust & scratch removal (which works apparently) and you could of course also download Vuescan which many swear by.
Take their theoretical resolution with a very big pinch of salt. I read a review of them recently and their practical resolving power is more like ~2500DPI IIRC, the Nikon Coolscan is still the king although sadly long out of production (I seem to remember the test resolved to ~3500 DPI), so I can only assume Nikon scanners used far superior optics for the sensors in them.
Posted 21 Sep 2014
DavidN
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DavidN
AegeanSoft

I use an old Minolta Dimage II slide/negative scanner linked using a SCSI card under Windows 7 and the excellent VueScan Pro scanner software by Hamrick which has the calibrations in for virtually every make and model of negative film.

Can I ask you what SCSI card do you use and is it 32- or 64-bit?
Posted 24 Sep 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
There was a gadget around for duplicating slides...fitted to a camera like a lens, but the end had a slide holder and the whole thing could be 'zoomed' to get the image in focus. The trick was to point the slide to a neutral light source and take a pic (talking film days here).

Anyway, to cut a long story short....I concocted something similar last year with a cheap lightbox, some cardboard tubing and my Canon G10 on macro setting. Worked really well.....



Posted 24 Sep 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Epson have just announced the replacement for their V700 & V750 flatbed scanners (to be replaced by the V800 and V850 respectively). Not cheap but arguably one of the best options on the market if you want to buy new and quality is of high importance.

Posted 26 Sep 2014
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