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Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:54 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for a flatbed scanner that is going to be primarily used to scan complete strips of 35mm film (up to 6 strips of 6) to esentially create contact sheets? Would also like the scanner to be decent for general scanning too. Had looked at information on the Epson V500, V700 and Canon 8800, but its not clear to me when you place a film strip on the scanner if it scans each frame separately or the entire strip. Also none of these scanners does more than two strips of 6 frames. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 6:35 PM   #2
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Any recommendations for a flatbed scanner that is going to be primarily used to scan complete strips of 35mm film (up to 6 strips of 6) to esentially create contact sheets? Would also like the scanner to be decent for general scanning too. Had looked at information on the Epson V500, V700 and Canon 8800, but its not clear to me when you place a film strip on the scanner if it scans each frame separately or the entire strip. Also none of these scanners does more than two strips of 6 frames. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.
If all you're interested in is contact sheets, then with a flatbed you can load as many film strips as will fit onto the bed of the scanner. (But how come you have film strips? DO you mean negative strips?)

The information you are referring to is for the purpose of scanning slides and negatives. They use an adapter of one kind or another for that purpose.

On the other hand very few flatbeds can scan color negatives (or slides) directly, although you can scan B&W negatives.

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Yes, I am referring specifically to negatives....many of the scanners available only have an area big enough to scan two 6 frame pieces of film.--the adapter area where light is projected through. Looking for something to accomadate scanning about a full roll of film to make a contact sheet.
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Yes, I am referring specifically to negatives....many of the scanners available only have an area big enough to scan two 6 frame pieces of film.--the adapter area where light is projected through. Looking for something to accomadate scanning about a full roll of film to make a contact sheet.
You should simply be able to shoot B&W negatives by plopping them onto the bed of the scanner. Some software will allow you to invert the image so that you can see how the positives will look. Good scanner software will allow you to adjust the results in the preliminary steps.

If your software does not have this option, you can invert the final result in an image processing program.

Don't expect that the results of a 35mm negative will be good enough to enlarge - They wont! But it will be just fine for a contact sheet.

The above will not work with color negatives.

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Try this websites. Bunch of useful informations.

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