Out-sourcing it seems expensive to me at $1 each for 250 or more. I have so many negatives that I would rather sort and scan them myself.
Any comments or views would be most appreciated.
... I am not sure I want to scan 100's of negatives with a cheap scanner only to regret it down the track.
Camden: Hi Tinshed
I bought one of those Kaiser Bass film/negative scanners a couple of years ago to do a small project of about 200 images. For the purpose of that exercise it was of good enough quality. It was a collection of slides and negatives taken of friends in the 60's to 90's.
The device has a limited amount of correction available and was easy to use. However I think that a higher quality unit should be considered if a high end result was wanted.
To digress off the subject,you made the comment that you would look into a unit after scanning all your 8mm. I gather you mean 8mm movie film ? If so I have Super8 movie film a would like to copy into my computer. I have tried copying with my video camera along side the projector with limited results and also used a professional firm that used a telecine machine, also with only very average results. What method do you use and what is the result like?
Sideface:... I am not sure I want to scan 100's of negatives with a cheap scanner only to regret it down the track.
You tell us that you have a lot of negatives - presumably colour.
As these are subject to fading or colour shift, you need the best possible quality for your scanned images.
It should be possible to "fix" these problems with software.
Scanning is time-consuming repetitive work and takes a lot of time and patience - don't waste your efforts.
Personally, I would not hesitate to spend $900 to get quality scans.
Don't forget to blow/brush/clean your negatives before scanning them - physical cleaning is a lot easier and more effective than "fixing" the dust problem with software several years later
Wellington, New Zealand
notesgnome: I had a number of negs (few hundred photos) to scan a few years ago, and ended up getting a Nikon Coolscan IV.
Did a very nice job (2900 dpi, took a strip of negs and created the individual pictures, did colour correction, etc).
It wasn't a cheap product, but it paid for itself. The quality of the scans is more than ample for anything I'd want to do.
As you say, it depends to a degree on what you're after...
If you were nearby, I'd say give it a try and see if it fits your needs; however, alas, you're at the other end of the country.
Wellington, New Zealand
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