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Old Apr 19, 2005, 1:39 PM   #1
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:lol:I have lot's of old 35MM negatives but no longer have a Darkroom . Is there a flatbed Scanner that will give me decent results ? I have Adobe Photo Eliments 3 and a Canon IP 5000 printer . I really would like to review the pictures as many are 30 years old .

I have just retired from a career in Criminal justice and have lot's of time but really don't want to set up a Darkroom as I now use only Digital Cameras .


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Old Apr 19, 2005, 2:12 PM   #2
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There are certainly some very good dedicated negative scanners. I don't think you really need one dedicated for B&W, but I guess its possible it would make a difference (I believe B&W film has more dynamic range than color film, but I could be wrong there.)

It really depends on how much money you wish to spend and what qualty you want to get out of it. There are simple flatbed scanners where you can put the negatives on top and scan a bunch at a time. The quality is less than a dedicated scanner but if it's "good enough for you" who cares!

For the high end, check out the Nikon CoolScan series of scanners. They are expensive, but about as good as you can get. I've heard that Minolta makes some good cheaper scanners (not a dedicated film scanner.)

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