You are not logged in. [Log In]


Forums » General Discussion » The Water Cooler » Film to digital converter?

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#281772 - 12/08/09 04:44 PM Film to digital converter?
michael_d Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4195
Loc: Up yonder
My girlfriend asked me to ask you guys about this. Her parents have boxes and boxes of negatives. They’d like to convert them to digital. Is there a preferred device out there worth trying? Last time I checked into this (many years ago), the tech was pretty young and awkward. I quick Google search pulled up many different devices. I have no idea what to look for.

So has anyone gone through this recently with some brilliant advice to share?

PS: Sending the negatives out and paying someone to do this is apparently not an option.
_________________________


Top
#281774 - 12/08/09 04:51 PM Re: Film to digital converter? [Re: michael_d]
Ken.C Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 18044
Loc: NoVA
Many modern flatbed scanners include slide and negative scanning. Some have automatic feeders, although they'll cost more. Certainly there are dedicated film scanners, as well, but they are really pricey. Maybe look at some of the Epson pro scanner line?
_________________________
I am the Doctor, and THIS... is my SPOON!

Top
#281775 - 12/08/09 04:51 PM Re: Film to digital converter? [Re: michael_d]
ClubNeon Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 3466
Loc: Western Maryland, USA
_________________________
Pioneer PDP-5020FD, Marantz SR6011
Axiom M5HP, VP160HP, QS8
Sony PS4, surround backs
-Chris

Top
#281779 - 12/08/09 05:20 PM Re: Film to digital converter? [Re: ClubNeon]
Ken.C Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 18044
Loc: NoVA
Nikon, that's who I was thinking of.
_________________________
I am the Doctor, and THIS... is my SPOON!

Top
#281836 - 12/09/09 11:36 AM Re: Film to digital converter? [Re: Ken.C]
michael_d Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4195
Loc: Up yonder
Thanks. I didn’t look at the Epson flat beds, but will. My main issue with flat bed scanners is speed. Unless they’ve improved over the past few years, they’re pretty slow when you consider having several hundred scans.

It looks like the Nikon units are professional grade and the Canon are home user grade. I think the Nikon units are outside the budget. $2000 is pretty high. The Canons at $200 and less are much more reasonable. Are there any somewhere between, like $500-ish?
_________________________


Top
#281843 - 12/09/09 12:11 PM Re: Film to digital converter? [Re: michael_d]
ClubNeon Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 3466
Loc: Western Maryland, USA
Canon's are basically flat bed scanners, with backlights for slides/film/transparencies. It's the software which speeds things up. You load the bed with rows of film, and it scans the multiple images at once. Then it detects boarders and separates each image from the others.

I'm guessing that many scanners now include the software to do the same thing. So you could pick up a $500 flatbed, with transparency hood, and do what you need there. Just make sure it has software to help automate the scanning process.
_________________________
Pioneer PDP-5020FD, Marantz SR6011
Axiom M5HP, VP160HP, QS8
Sony PS4, surround backs
-Chris

Top

Moderator:  alan, Amie, Andrew, axiomadmin, Brent, Debbie, Ian, Jc 
Forum Stats

15,279 Registered Members
16 Forums
24,088 Topics
425,341 Posts

Most users ever online:
883 @ 03/04/17 05:06 PM

Top Posters
Ken.C 18044
pmbuko 16437
SirQuack 13579
CV 11709
MarkSJohnson 11444
1 registered (a401classic)
201 Guests and
4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newsletter Signup