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Old Jun 13, 2005, 6:12 PM   #1
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I hope this is on topic, as I see most of the discussions here are about scanning images oneself. My apologies if it is not.

I haveabout 250images that are 15-20 years old. They were taken with a point-and-shoot 35mm camera, using standard drugstore film. Image quality is generally okay with no obvious problems visible in most of the prints. I wish to add these images to my digital collection. I tried scanning the prints at 300dpi using a flatbed scanner but was not happy with the results (images appear grainy and have moire pattern, and color is rather poor). I understand better results can be obtained by scanning the negatives, but cannot justify buying a film scanner for just these images. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good place to have them scanned professionally.

I wish to have images that will look okay when viewed full size on a monitor. I'd also like to be able to print photo copies up to say 4" by 6" in size. I don't need the greatest quality in the world, but I would like the images on the monitor and any prints I do to look okay (i.e. at least equal to a regular print). There is no hurry to get the images digitized, so turnaround time is not an issue. I would like to keep the cost under $1 per digitized image counting all charges.

Is this a reasonable expectation, and can someone recommend a service? Also, what resolution? I'm guessing 2000 dpi?

Thanks for any responses.


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Old Jun 23, 2005, 10:16 PM   #2
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A local photo shop scanned 25 old SLR (some 35 -40 years old) slides for me - I needed them for a MovieMaker project for a 50th anniversary party..the shop scanned and copied the slides to a CD and the quality is remarkable....we live in rural Ohio, so there are no national chains within 25 miles..maybe Kinko's would help if you live in a metro area?

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Old Jul 7, 2005, 3:21 PM   #3
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I'm looking at an Epson 2580 scanner for around $150 or less. It has a built in 35mm negative scanner where it feeds the negatives in automatically. I'm hoping that will produce for me the results you are talking about.

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Old Jul 8, 2005, 4:11 PM   #4
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I have two Konica Minolta Dimage Elite 5400 II Scanners (the new version - 5400 dpi). I could complete this for you pretty quickly. For $1 an image, I will provide Hi Res TIFF's (approx 7700 pixels on the long side) and files optimized for 4x6 prints at 300 DPI (1800 pixels on the long side) on DVD/CD (your choice). I will also save for web at a resolution of your choice. Iwill scan, crop/rotate, and do basic editing in Photoshop (remove dust and scratches, color balance, levels, etc).

I can be reached at [email protected].


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