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Can Anyone Recommend A Good Negative Scanner?  
User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6484 times:

Hi all,

As the title says, I'm looking for a good-quality scanner to scan film negatives. Would anyone like to recommend one? I only did a little bit of research and I read a few good things about the Canon CanoScan 8800F. Is it reasonable?

BTW, what kind of resolution should I expect from 35mm film?

Thanks!

Tony


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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6477 times:

I too have been looking into this. My budget isn't crazy, perhaps £300 ($600) maximum - any chance of a (half) decent negative scanner for this or am I dreaming? Don't know much about scanners.....

Karl


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6448 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
My budget isn't crazy, perhaps £300 ($600) maximum

I was actually looking to spend less!!!

Tony



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User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1303 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6441 times:

I am using the Canon 8400F (cheap flatbed scanner). Not the best scanner, but sufficient to get scans accepted here (if the originals are reasonable).

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6432 times:

I use the Canon Canoscan 4400F that works OK for slides and negatives (as well as regular scans) and should cost you less than $100.

Got many scans on here with it.

The resolution is what you want it to be, within the limits of the machine. I scan to get an image of around 3600x2400 pix then process it (remove dust, etc).



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6429 times:



Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 3):
Canon 8400F



Quoting Oly720man (Reply 4):
Canon Canoscan 4400F

Great stuff! I imagine the 8400F is the better? How much is that? Do these scanners have some sort of special cradle to put your neg's in to scan them? I assume they are meant to scan neg's?

I always thought that scanners which can process neg's cost an absolute fortune?

Karl


User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1753 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6426 times:
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If you guys don't mind looking for a used scanner, the Minolta Dimage Scan series is an excellent option. They're tough to find used though because they are just so good... but I can't recommend anything else; from my own personal use it brings exemplary output.

If a brand new unit is a must, the Nikon Coolscan 5000 is also an equally good choice.



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6422 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):
Do these scanners have some sort of special cradle to put your neg's in to scan them? I assume they are meant to scan neg's?

Yes, in mine there's a special holder that clips into the cover and holds 4 slides or a strip of 6 negatives. Any slides/negs are backlit from a light in the cover.

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):
I always thought that scanners which can process neg's cost an absolute fortune?

The ones specifically for negatives usually are, but I think they have a higher resolution than an A4 flatbed scanner.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

Canon 4400F or Epson Perfection V200, both £69.99 (US$135.00) @ Jessops.com.

Which one would anyone recommend?

Karl


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6418 times:



Quoting Oly720man (Reply 7):
The ones specifically for negatives usually are, but I think they have a higher resolution than an A4 flatbed scanner.

Yes. The best ones (like the Nikon Coolpix 9000) are expensive but give great results when used properly.



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6414 times:

As an example from my scanner (when they were a bit more amenable at CDG.)

This is more or less a full size KC64 slide scan at 3900x2600 straight from the scanner (but sized at 1024x683 by flickr). Beware dust. You might not be able to see it but you will scan it.

tu-tam_cdg_0886

And this is the nose at 1024x683, so full size as scanned. The jags in various places suggest that the the scanning resolution is a bit high (scanner "pixels" bigger than corresponding detail on the photo)

tu-tam_cdg_0886_big



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User currently offlineStrikeeagle From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6397 times:

Hi , The minolta dimage scan elite 5400 is a very good dedicated scanner for both
negs and slides , i dont think however that minolta make these now so i guess
you would have to search for a used one ? A few years back a decent quality
film scanner was about £400 plus , there are cheaper ones available now i
think such as flatbed scanners that will do both print and negs - slides etc .
I would say though that if you have a lot of film negs or slides that you want
to preserve then go for a dedicated film scanner as these produce high quality
images .
Anthony


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6395 times:

To be honest, if Oly720man can get images accepted here using a Canon 4400F, the reproduction quality can't be bad at all.

Think I'm gonna order the Canon from Amazon, at £59.99 inc. delivery - I looked at the Epson but think I'd rather go with the Canon. Good decision?

Karl


User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1691 posts, RR: 61
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6364 times:
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Quoting Dvincent (Reply 6):
If you guys don't mind looking for a used scanner, the Minolta Dimage Scan series is an excellent option. They're tough to find used though because they are just so good... but I can't recommend anything else; from my own personal use it brings exemplary output.

Absolutely agree

I had a Nikon Coolscan III that failed. I had always considered that to be pretty good and went to buy a Coolscan IV simply because the Minolta one had been discontinued, though it had the best reviews. When I got to the shop they actually had a few Minolta Dimage Scan Elite on offer as a discontinued line and I bought one as it was considerably cheaper than the Nikon
What a move ?
The results are superb with excellent shadow and highlight detail, far far better than the Nikon and I had to rescan a lot that I had done before. The only downside is that it is rather slow particularly when Digital ICE is used (the Elite 2 was faster). Whilst capable of scanning at 5400 DPI I generally scan at 2700 or 1800 for here
I also have a Canonscan 9950F (a flatbed) on which I can scan 120 film negs and transparencies. It gives good results with 35mm too and whilst the resolution is the same as my dedicated 35mm scanner, I do not find the shadow detail as good (and that is very important for good scans)
Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineRomeobravo52 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6329 times:

I use the CanoScan 8600F and SilverFast software, I'm very satisfied with that.
A small warning: scanning negatives is very addictive!

Roel Bekkering


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6248 times:

(apologies for the late reply here!)

Thanks all for the very useful information. Does anyone know what the differences between the Canon 9950F, 8600F, and 8800F are? Thanks.

Tony



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6220 times:

Hey Tony,

Took the plunge yesterday and bought a CanoScan 4400F (as recommended above). My initial budget was double what this cost (£70 or US$135), however the recommendations regarding its capability convinced me that I really didn't need to spend the extra (I think!).

I haven't given it a blast yet but I'll let you know ASAP how it does and I'll try and post some scans.

Karl


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6200 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 16):
Took the plunge yesterday and bought a CanoScan 4400F (as recommended above).

I hope you like it. I've had mine for over 18 months now and it's worked fine, when the kids give me enough time to use it.



Quoting SNATH (Reply 15):
Does anyone know what the differences between the Canon 9950F, 8600F, and 8800F are? Thanks.

The 9950F seems to do every type of film

http://www.photo-i.co.uk/Reviews/int...ve/Scanners/Canon_9950F/page_1.htm

Comparison of 8800 and 8600, along with software comparison here

http://www.stockholmviews.com/canon_8800f_review/8800fpage1.html

8600 vs 9950 here
http://www.stockholmviews.com/canon_8600f_review/8600fpage1.html



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Oly720man, have you any accepted images here with the 4400F using 35mm standard film (i.e. Fuki Superia 200, which is mainly what I used to use)?

Cheers,

Karl


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6189 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 18):
Oly720man, have you any accepted images here with the 4400F using 35mm standard film

These are scanned from colour negatives (I haven't got round to doing that many yet)


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Click on the name and I generally say on the photo remarks whether they're slide, print or negative if they're not the occasional digital camera shot.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

Wow! Those results look really good! I'm just installing the bugger now so hopefully for the benefit of the OP I can post some of my own scans shortly. Oly720man, many thanks for your help in making me make my choice.

Karl


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6184 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 20):
Oly720man, many thanks for your help in making me make my choice.

Glad to help. I look forward to seeing some scans.

Andy



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6180 times:

Well, I think I'm doing something wrong 'cause my first scan is terrible...

Big version: Width: 3504 Height: 2336 File size: 2676kb


Taken from Fuji Superia 200. Any ideas? Bear in mind I've only just plugged the thing in and this is my very first scan.

Karl


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6177 times:

OK, silly post above - should have read the on-screen manual instead of just the basic scanning guide! I've gone into advanced negative scanning so hopefully the next result will be much, much better...  crossfingers 

Karl


User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1691 posts, RR: 61
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6175 times:
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Karl
If you have used a lot of higher ISO film like 200 you are probably going to need a noise reduction programme.
Neat Image is dreadful if abused but very good if used at low levels and the free version at www.neatimage.com will suffice.
When all else fails, read the instructions.
Mick Bajcar


25 JakTrax : OK, thanks Mick, I'm gonna have a good read of the manual tonight to see if I can get my head round it all. Do you think though that good scans (using
26 Post contains links and images Oly720man : Just had a quick go at it and got this...
27 Olympus69 : Given similar quality scanners, which method should give the best results - scanning from negatives or prints? I am using digital now and have scanne
28 Dvincent : Negs will win every time.
29 Post contains images JakTrax : OK folks, here's my first decent scan (I think!). Comments good and bad welcome. Is it alright quality-wise? Anything more I can do? Is it rare enough
30 Post contains images JakTrax : Think I'm kinda getting the hang of this - would this be worthy of uploading to the database? Thanks, Karl
31 PRM : Both of those look good enough to make it, (the Let too especially if re-sized to 1024x pixels and post-processed so the defects will be less evident)
32 113312 : I usually scan as a .tiff. Then, clean any defects such as dust, scratches or other spots using Paintshop or Photoshop. Of course, any color or contra
33 Walter2222 : Most old slides tend to have color casts, and if not corrected, the shot will be rejected. I had a lot of problems seeing this, but with a lot of hel
34 Post contains links Dendrobatid : Karl Neither are there yet. It is not as easy as it looks and it has taken me a long time to get things right. A lot of my accepted early scans are ru
35 JakTrax : Er, yeah, haven't stopped since 7am..... Mick, thanks for the tips, however in all honesty I've only had a two-minute play in PSE5.0 to achieve those
36 Dendrobatid : Karl Use my profile to contact me please Mick
37 Post contains images JakTrax : I would normally put this in the pre-screen thread but I think we'd lose track of where we're at if I did that. Here's a re-edit of the Caribair LET41
38 Olympus69 : Thanks. I was hoping that would be the case since my B/W prints are rather small. John.
39 Post contains links Walter2222 : This is a very good read for people that want to know somewhat more about scanning: http://www.scantips.com/ (by Wayne Fulton) PS: Most of the info ca
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