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01-22-2012, 02:14 AM   #1
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Pictures from prints to the Computer, Help

Hi guys I've just got my first few rolls back from being developed and I want to put them on my computer I am scanning the prints but the scanner that is built into my printer scans them pretty badly (loss of quality).

I was wondering if you guys could recommend a scanner or a better way to get them onto my computer? Or do you get the store to do it for you?

I have seen many photos on flicker and such from Pentax K1000's but I can't get that quality onto my computer. Thankyou in advance for your help


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Two main choices in my experience, but both come with a sting in the tail!

1 Get a decent photo or film scanner. Good one's cost, however, and so far I've struggled to reproduce the colours from the shop prints without spending a lot of time messing about with PP.

2 Get the store to do it. You need to find a specialist, though, as high street stores only seem to manage low res, and then often not too well!
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I copied about 1500 old snapshots by using camera on a tripod pointing down at a clipboard holding the picture.If you are interested in trying this will get together what I used and post a picture.Hardest part was lighting.
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...and such is the hidden evil of film photography in the digital age. Digitizing your photos with reasonable quality is not an easy task. The shop that does your processing will usually be able to provide you with reasonably priced scans. Unfortunately, the quality is often not very good. This is the case regardless of the file size or stated resolution.

You can scan the negatives yourself, but the entry ticket for a scanner is somewhere around the $250 USD range and about twice that if you want decent quality from 35mm. If you decide to purchase a film scanner, definitely take your time in deciding on which model. Performance and usability is not as simple as comparing manufacturer's specs. There are numerous threads on the scanner/darkroom section of this site related to scanners, technique, and such.


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Am I the only one who gave up on digital conversion and keeps my negs in the back of my album in case I want anything more printed?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Simian Summit Quote
Am I the only one who gave up on digital conversion and keeps my negs in the back of my album in case I want anything more printed?
I mainly shoot slide film and only scan a few now and then. I just look at them on my light table or project them on a screen. Slide shooters can happily exist in the analog domain!

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I might put my money towards a 35mm film scanner i hear the Epson scanners are decent?

I'll see how the shop scans them and decide.
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I have an Epson 4490 Photo scanner that scans decent slides and 35mm negatives. Course mine was $249 originally, but I bought a refurbished one three years ago for $149. Since you are in Australia, I went to Espon AU to find what they have. These are carton damaged but the products aren't damaged and Epson guarantees this:

https://www.epson.com.au/shoponline/shop/BrowseProducts.asp?CatID=5&Store=CDamaged

The first one scans film and is the cheapest of the two shown.

Hope this helps.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
I have an Epson 4490 Photo scanner that scans decent slides and 35mm negatives. Course mine was $249 originally, but I bought a refurbished one three years ago for $149. Since you are in Australia, I went to Espon AU to find what they have. These are carton damaged but the products aren't damaged and Epson guarantees this:

https://www.epson.com.au/shoponline/shop/BrowseProducts.asp?CatID=5&Store=CDamaged

The first one scans film and is the cheapest of the two shown.

Hope this helps.
Thanks heaps, I might grab one

I wonder if they are as good as a v500
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They are not as good but the V330 was cheaper for you and I didn't know your budget. Over here in the states, the V330 is $119, and the V500 is $149. I made links to both with the model numbers so you can read about them. The only reason I posted about the V330, is Epson AU didn't show the V500 anywhere on their AU site.
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Ok, what do you use??
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