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Topic # 153491 29-Sep-2014 10:04
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Hi guys

Can anyone recommend a place in auckland to get some negatives scanned. I think i have about 300 to do.

I'm assuming it is better to pay someone with a good scanner than it is to buy my own?

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  Reply # 1143420 29-Sep-2014 11:42
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Go to the warehouse and buy a USB scanner for about $60.  They do a reasonable job..



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  Reply # 1143882 29-Sep-2014 22:38
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Most cheap film scanners don't do a very good job.



If you want better quality you're going to either have to pay someone with a pro scanner like an Nikon Coolscan to do it for you or order a reasonably good scanner like a Plustek or Pacific image XE and spend the time doing it yourself.



There aren't many services doing pro film scanning in New Zealand. is one in Auckland and charges $2 per frame at full quality. There are cheaper bulk services overseas but I wouldn't risk sending the film in international mail.






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  Reply # 1143900 30-Sep-2014 01:41
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Try - they have 2x high end film scanners but not sure if they would do a small job like that or whether they can do 35mm. Call and ask for Narendra.

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  Reply # 1143950 30-Sep-2014 08:28
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It depends on what you want to do with your scans. 

The commercial options will be able to scan your slides at very high resolutions and be very good with their colour reproduction but you will pay for it. I was getting one slide scanned a few years ago and it was over $40 for just the one... the did bulk discounts but nowhere near low enough for me to want to get all mine scanned. Prices may well have fallen now though. 

I ended up just using a mid range home scanner with a slide attachment and it did fine. There was more fluffing around and it took me a while to get them done but I got there in the end. I think it was a Canoscan Lide600 from memory (it would be more than 6 years old now)

I had my quote from Imagelab here in Wellington so there must be plenty of options in Auckland. 

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