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    Digitizing negatives?

    The neanderthal asks again. :-)

    I have just found out that there is a difference between scanning and digitizing my negatives. Which is the best method? Can anyone suggest which one I can/should buy?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Digitizing negatives?

    When you find out, please let me know. I thought it was the same thing - Once you scan your negative, you digitize it; i.e. it becomes a digital file. No?

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    Re: Digitizing negatives?

    Me too, but I read this comment in amazom.com while looking for a negative scanner:Quote... I have a true scanner for 35mm negatives and slides, another unit that will digitize (NOT SCAN) 110 negatives,....unquote

    I confess I do not know thw difference either.

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    Re: Digitizing negatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by eribeiro View Post
    The neanderthal asks again. :-)

    I have just found out that there is a difference between scanning and digitizing my negatives. Which is the best method? Can anyone suggest which one I can/should buy?

    Thank you in advance
    Ok, this from the Pacific Image ImageBox page on Amazon - "This is NOT a scanner (it actually takes a digital picture)"

    Don't buy this one - it advertises in airline magazines! The end results won't be very good, especially on problem images.

    I do quite a lot of scanning still, and have settled on an Epson flatbed scanner with film unit. It scans up to 6x9 cm neg/slides. The results are a little softer than with the Plustek I used earlier, so careful sharpening is called for. The end results are very good.

    When looking for a film scanner, make sure that it can scan at 48-bit, has some sort of infrared dust-removal, and that you can turn off all the auto "enhance/improve" features; it's all better done in post.

    Here's the one that I use - http://www.amazon.com/Epson-Perfecti...1143770&sr=1-1

    HTH

    Peter

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    Re: Digitizing negatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by proseak View Post
    Ok, this from the Pacific Image ImageBox page on Amazon - "This is NOT a scanner (it actually takes a digital picture)"

    Don't buy this one - it advertises in airline magazines! The end results won't be very good, especially on problem images.

    I do quite a lot of scanning still, and have settled on an Epson flatbed scanner with film unit. It scans up to 6x9 cm neg/slides. The results are a little softer than with the Plustek I used earlier, so careful sharpening is called for. The end results are very good.

    When looking for a film scanner, make sure that it can scan at 48-bit, has some sort of infrared dust-removal, and that you can turn off all the auto "enhance/improve" features; it's all better done in post.

    Here's the one that I use - http://www.amazon.com/Epson-Perfecti...1143770&sr=1-1

    HTH

    Peter

    Tks Peter, great way to start.

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    Re: Digitizing negatives?

    What do you want to scan, Eduardo? 35mm, 645, 6x6, 6x9....bigger?

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    Re: Digitizing negatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by proseak View Post
    What do you want to scan, Eduardo? 35mm, 645, 6x6, 6x9....bigger?

    Hundres of negatives: 35 mm
    A few dozen pictures os various sizes but mostly 13x9cm
    Tks

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