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Old 09-03-2010, 11:13 AM
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Scanning 1930's 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" negatives

My niece has become the family historian. She found a set of negatives from my parents taken in the 1930's which she wishes to scan for preservation and print. Is there a modestly priced scanner (under $300) which would come with transparency adapters and do a good enough job on such a project? I was looking at the Canon CanoScan 8800F but apparently that only scans film strips. I'm looking for one with a bit more versatility. I can help her with the Photoshop work once the scans are made.

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Old 09-05-2010, 04:14 PM
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Re: Scanning 1930's 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" negatives

almost any scanner these days will come with slide and negative holders for scanning these. but, i havent actually tried any of those. i prefer a dedicated slide/negative scanner. the one i currently use is this one: http://www.scanace.com/en/product/1800u.php it used to be carried by Staples, but i havent seen it in there recently. also, check out their other scanners. that one is somewhat on the low end. it does come with software for adjusting before you save and i've been pretty happy with it.

but, see if you cant find a comparitive review page. i dont know of any offhand, but i'll there's one on the net somewhere.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:22 PM
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Re: Scanning 1930's 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" negatives

Thank you for your reply, Kraelin. I did my own research and came up with an Epson flat bed with a built in slide scanner which would accommodate those old 1930's negatives. It was about the $250 price point but selling at Amazon at $130 so it was within my niece's budget and affords her a good document scanner as well. While I'm sure more expensive or dedicated scanners could do a better job, I'll bet that this one is perfectly adequate for her needs.

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Re: Scanning 1930's 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" negatives

yep, shld be fine. epson does pretty good stuff, generally.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:05 AM
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Re: Scanning 1930's 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" negatives

Are you sure that this Epson has a holder to accommodate 2 1/2" wide negatives? I have seen them for 2 1/4" 120 formats but not 2 1/2".

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