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Since I started processing B&W film this year I developed at least 40 rolls. I still am a firm believer in a wet darkroom but since my bathroom serves as a part-time darkrooom I am now considering an entry level 35mm scanner for quick assessment or upload of my negatives and occasional digital printing to hand out 4" x 6" prints. I'll still use the wet method for larger prints. I've seen Canon and Epson film scanners at Best Buy or Circuit City for under $200. Will these units and software that comes along be effcient enough for my purpose? I only shoot 35mm and don't envision acquiring gear using other formats.
Thanks for any tips or suggestions!
You might want to look at this thread as it discusses film scanners in some depth:
The Konica/Minolta Scan Dual IV is $229 @ B&H and offers a far better solution for entry and beyond . I am getting as good of results as the more expensive Dimage SE 5400 that preceeded it. best...skip
Well, I have a Canon 8400F, and for your purposes something like this would be quite sufficient. For scanning for printing out, I#d rather go the dedicated film scanner route, though...
Check out the PlusTek OpticFilm 7200. They've been getting better reviews than the KM IV in Europe, and you can pick one up for about $189. With an optic resolution of 7200 DPi, I don't see that being surpassed in the sub $200 for quite a while, and the results are excellent. If you want proof, click on my gallery link in my signature, and look at the B&W work. It was all Ilford HP5, scanned with that scanner, and a bunch of it was processed at home in my bathroom as well. :)
Thanks for the tips and the link to a recent discussion of scanners. I've researched a little bit on scanning and it seems like tit takes about 5 minutes to scan a frame to get decent resolution, is this true?
With mine, I can get a 3600 DPI scan in under a minute...the 7200 is roughly two.
I have an attachment that works on flatbed scanners; made by Microtek. I bought it used but I'd guess they're cheap. It does a strip of negs or a slide.
I usually research Cnet or PC Magazine, particularly the user opinions.
I use an old HP film scanner (that was sitting around gathering dust until I found XP software for it last week) to scan 35mm negative film. I have a HP Scan Jet 5370C with a transparency adapter that I use for 120 negative films.
For the attached image, I used a Rapid Omega with a 90mm, scanned the negative with the 5370 and joined it to a mirror image. I used the Cumulus plug in for the fog. I make 11X14 prints from a 2175 X 1623 digital image with 605 pixels per inch. I have also attached a 607 X 532 selection from the image I use for 11 X 14 prints.
Here are the links to Cnet and PC Mag:
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