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    Default 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    I am considering my options as I have WAY too many negatives. I am trying to figure out what to do with them...

    I found a 35mm scanner at Costco.

    Has anyone ever used one before? If so, were you happy with the quality?

    Has anyone use a photo printing service to do the scanning for you? Where did you go? Were you happy with the results?

    Lastly - after making all the film digital, did you keep the film? I was considering tossing the film. :O Just because they seem to take up so much space.

    I would love thoughts and input! Thanks.

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    I have an Epson scanner that can scan negatives. I have been slowly scanning them to digital. I think they are decent and I do throw the negatives away afterwards.

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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    I bought one of those.. the manufacturer was PanDigital. It was Okay at best. Quick, yes. But the quality, meh.. Not bad but just not good either. It would save money over the printing services for sure. I've kept my negatives but just cuz I'm scared to throw them out. I probably should.

    * I need to mention that I bought mine about 2 years ago so the quality in these machines has probably improved.

    While we are on the subject, anyone have any ideas on how to scan APS film without sending it somewhere?
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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    I need to know about the APS. I made the mistake of getting one of THOSE! I used it for my trip to Europe; then I returned that sucker when I got home.

    I have maybe 10-12 rolls of them, so I might just have to send them in. That worries me though...

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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    I wonder about this too. I have an Epson printer, but I don't know if it scans negatives. I have several, but not a ton anymore. I also have some slides that I'd love to get digital. I wonder if those would work in the same way with a scanner?

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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    Quote Originally Posted by kelley View Post
    I wonder about this too. I have an Epson printer, but I don't know if it scans negatives. I have several, but not a ton anymore. I also have some slides that I'd love to get digital. I wonder if those would work in the same way with a scanner?
    It's usually a scanner only model, not a printer/scanner combo thing, and I think it needs to have a negative adapter.

    I've had this one on my wish list at Amazon for months but I've never made the leap to purchase it... Canon CanoScan

    I have tons of negatives and I've been considering having them scanned or should I do it myself?

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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    I wish you gals lived closer to me. I have the Canon CanoScan 8600SF - probably the model before the one you linked to Lisa and it has the negative adapter, but I've actually never used that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    It's usually a scanner only model, not a printer/scanner combo thing, and I think it needs to have a negative adapter.

    I've had this one on my wish list at Amazon for months but I've never made the leap to purchase it... Canon CanoScan

    I have tons of negatives and I've been considering having them scanned or should I do it myself?
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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    Quote Originally Posted by nutsaboutgabe View Post
    I wish you gals lived closer to me. I have the Canon CanoScan 8600SF - probably the model before the one you linked to Lisa and it has the negative adapter, but I've actually never used that.
    Does it have a 35mm negative adaptor or the APS adaptor?? If it had the APS I would be willing to send them to you and pay you! ;) Just a thought!!

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    Default Re: 35mm Film (Negatives) to Digital

    Kimmy I don't think it had the APS adapter. I am not even sure what it looks like. I know it does negatives and I was trying to find information about my model online and there's not much out there. It keeps taking me to the new cano scan one.

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    Does it have a 35mm negative adaptor or the APS adaptor?? If it had the APS I would be willing to send them to you and pay you! ;) Just a thought!!
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    I recently had the slides my parents took of our family when I was a child scanned to digital by Costco. I chose them because they have the ability to do it on site (at least my location did). I was so worried about sending them off since they technically don't belong to me. Costco did a great job. I wasn't happy with some of the files because they have an auto correct feature that attempted to fix problems as the slides were scanned ... Exposure corrections, red eye, etc. I pulled the ones I didn't like and they rescanned them for me with the autocorrect turned off and didn't charge me for the rescans. I was very happy with how they turned out. They occasionally run a special on these types of services so you might want to watch for it and give them a shot. I'm sure there are differences between locations though ... I just thought I'd share my experience!

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