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35mm Film scanning

Danny Ramirez , May 04, 2004; 02:51 p.m.

Does anybody know of a good and inexpensive place in Houston Texas that can scan my 35mm slides and put them on CD? I found a couple of places already but are a bit expensive $5.00 just for the CD that will be used, and around $1.00 per scan, that can add up pretty fast. Thanks for your input!

Danny

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Martin Altmann , May 04, 2004; 05:41 p.m.

For most purposes the best idea would be to invest in a slide scanner. These devices cost about US$300 - 1000, maybe some nowadays even less, especially on ebay. I have an Minolta Elitescan II (unfortunately not with USB/Firewire), bought for EUR 450 via Ebay (new), and I am quite satisfied with it. Okay, you additionally need a PC, which you have anyway, since otherwise you wouldn't be asking about scanning. Some of the newer ones can even do bulk scanning, they look like a slide projector. If a density of about 4-4.8 and a resolution of 2880 - 4800 dpi are enough, home scanning would be fine.

presumably the professional scanners get more out of your image, but you pay for it. But you would proably not want to scan your whole collection that way.

The bottom line is: a few scans: find the cheapest place you can get (it won't be much chaeper than what you stated), and let them scan it. many scans: buy a scanner many scans, ultra high quality (i.e. 7200 dpi, D=5+): Either sell your house, car, etc. or wait for one of the next generations of slide scanners

Scott McLoughlin , May 04, 2004; 08:35 p.m.

A buddy of mine shopped extensively for this kind of service here in Washington, DC and didn't turn up anything affordable (unless your film wasn't cut/mounted etc.).

I've got a little Nikon Coolscan V that I'm getting the hang of after a few months. It can be a pretty time consuming process.

Don Weinell , May 04, 2004; 10:11 p.m.

I've dealt with this issue for a while now, and the answer I've come up with is a bit surprising. There are a couple of "serious" camera shops here in Baton Rouge; all charge around 2 or 3 dollars a scan. One day at the local Sam's Club, I noticed that they had a Fuji Frontier 370 mini-lab. Most people don't realize this, but the 370 has a built in slide/negative scanner which (if I recall correctly)does a 3000 dpi scan. I'm sure a lot depends on the people behind the counter, but I've been very pleased with my Velvia scans. Our particular store charges about 39 cents a scan and a couple dollars to save the whole batch to a CD. It's by far the best deal if you're lucky enough to live near one with such services. Unfortunately, not all Sam's Clubs offer this (yet).

Yaron Kidron , May 04, 2004; 11:14 p.m.

... Frontier operators often scan your negs at a measly 1.5mpixels; it all depends on your target size.

Luigi Moccia , May 05, 2004; 09:01 a.m.

It all depends from the store policy. Here in Montreal a 6Mpixel scan from a Noritsu machine costs 1 CAN$ (0.73 US$) per frame. I whole roll (negative film) development + scan (included CD) is circa 20 CAN$ (high res 6MP) or 10 $ (circa 1.5 MP). Tax icluded. The problem is that I obtained good results with 100 - 200 ISO negative film (Fuji Reala - Superia) and noisy scan with 400 ISO (Kodak 400 VC). Good results also with slides except a very dense frame of Velvia 100F. With this service and price I'm not printing anymore a complete roll of negative. I just ask the low res CD and after I enlarge the few worth it. I hope that this option wil become more and more available.

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