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Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:40 AM
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Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

I recently purchased about 30 11x14 glass negatives from the 1870's to 1890's. I want to scan them and then turn them over to the museum. However I am having one heck of a time finding a scanner with a glass platen that size and which has a light source above that can scan such big negatives.

Does anyone have a suggestion. Cost is an object so I don't want to spend a fortune on a scanner but staying under 600 dollars is where I would like to be.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:25 PM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

I would make a light box and shoot them digitaly
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:26 PM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

Eh gads. I don't have the time or patience to begin the task of building something, only to use it for a short time. The scanner I would be using for all the 4x5 and other negatives I have.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:23 PM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

not sure you can get a transparency scanner that large for under $600, all the scanners on this page appear to max out at 8.5"X14"

http://shopper.cnet.com/4566-3137_9-...tag=mncol;dir1
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:28 AM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

I just purchased , at auction , a set of glass negatives and scanned them with my Kodak ESP3 printer/scanner and it did a tolerable job.

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Old 07-15-2010, 11:33 AM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

..... the only moderately priced scanner I can think of that can do slides that size of a scan is the Epson Expression 10000 XL.

It does 12 x 17, and is in the price range of about $2000.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:47 PM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

Your probably right, the negatives that I had were from the 1920's and were thinner. But for me it worked


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..... the only moderately priced scanner I can think of that can do slides that size of a scan is the Epson Expression 10000 XL.

It does 12 x 17, and is in the price range of about $2000.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:39 PM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

Not sure just how impatient you are, but the term light box has many variations. I take a large piece of cardboard, cut a hole in it the size I need, place a diffused light behind it, set my camera up on the other side and turn off the room lights.

Make sure you fill the cameras image and that no light is coming around the cardboard and getting into the lens. Works for me!

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Old 07-15-2010, 09:48 PM
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Re: Scanner for 11x14 / 8x10 glass negatives

I'm with Mike and Olbaldy. I use black form board and shine a couple lights behind it - real simple and real cheap. Use it to copy my old 4x5 & 8x10 negs. Also use it for my great-aunts glass 4x5 negs. One advantage to doing it this way is that you're not limited by the gamma of the scanner. If you have a particularly dense neg, most scanners can't scan them. You can shoot multiple shots and do an HDR to get full tonal range. For those 11X14's you might even take several shots and do a pano image combining several images to get the full quality of those big negs.
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