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Hi Everyone I was wondering how people are updating their old 35mm negatives or picttures to the digital world.

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I use an old Minolta 5400II scanner
not that i need it now but i'm looking for an inexpensive 35mm film and slide scanner and i'm not really sure which one to get either an all-in-one printer with the adapter for scanning negs and slides or a stand-alone scanner. i'm on a limited budget so anything over $180.00 is a no-no...:)....i just need to scan my negs and slides to post them online, not for printing.
I have a Microtek flatbed which does excellent hard copy scans but scanning film makes everything look flat for some reason, not much depth in them, scanning them on a slide scanner is just like capturing them on digital. Its night and day difference. If you work fast you can buy one and sell it right away for almost the same money as you bought it for.
I use my old HP all-in-one printer and scanner. They have better ones now for about $100 or so. Go to Amazon and electronics dept. and type in HP photosmart printer. They even have some for under $100. Check out Costco and Walmart too.
...and so i went ahead and ordered this inexpensive $70.00 ION scanner brand. I thought it did ok, here's a sample image below, the slide was scanned at the highest resolution which is about 5MB file. The scanner was easy to use and quiet. All it did was take a snapshot of the slides then processed it and I'm happy with the result. I just hope it stays working until i scanned most of the negs and slides i wanted to save to digital file...:)

But please do not buy a Minolta , I have a 5400 mk1 which scanned fine when it worked. It now only motors
out the holder . It clearly needs a reset ability.

if your doing web work or making small prints (max 7x5) most labs will scan your negs then put them on cd at a very reasonable price, if you want higher resolution so you can make larger prints or crop a lot expect to pay signficantly more. unless you have a very large volume of negs or are still using film it isn't worth the expense of a good scanner of your own.  happy xmas  : )


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