Digital Photography Software

Scanners for Film and Print

Copyright 2010 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2010 Sep 02
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Various scanners that might be suitable for converting old film and prints into digital files.

  • 2010-Sep-02: The Rollei DF-S 190 SE is a negative and slide scanner that uses a 9 megapixel imager to shoot one frame at a time to a flash card or memory stick. [9357]
  • 2010-May-08: The CanoScan 9000F is the 2010 upgrade to the 8800F which is capable of doing reasonably good slide scans. [9113]
  • 2010-May-08: A good review of the Canon 8800F flat bed scanner focusing on using it to scan slides. This one looks at some unusual things like weighing down the scanner to reduce vibrations, mounting the slides differently to adjust focus and even scanning a wet piece of film. The author uses Hamrick's VueScan for most of the work. [9111]
  • 2009-Dec-13: Slashdot discusses scanning books for use on a PDA by photographing their pages using a camera and software to flatten the resulting images. From the Slashdot comments: Snapter is one such package. Make Online mentions a book scanner a project to build a books scanner from the instructables. A tutorial on stitching flat scanned images with Hugin. Prizmo is OCR software to do this sort of thing. Scan Tailor is a free software package. More discussion of book scanning here on Slashdot of a rather nice camera-based unit which can be found on [8568]
  • 2009-Sep-24: The OpticFilm 7500i AI/SE scanners from Plustek will offer film scans at up to 7200dpi and 48 bit colour, and has an infrared channel so can provide digital ICE functions like the Nikon scanners have. The 7500i gets a positive review here. [4715]
  • 2009-Sep-05: The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i is a 35mm slide and negative scanner than has LED lighting and an infrared channel for dust and scratch removal. The 7600Ai version includes Silver Fast Ai Studio Software. [8278]
  • 2009-Aug-27: Rollei have introduced some new scanners, including a low cost slide scanner. Looks like these might be based on a 5M Pixel sensor. [8428]
  • 2009-May-15: The BookDrive Mini is a combination of controlled lighting, camera stand and book positioning device that is designed to make digitization of books faster and more accurate. [7985]
  • 2009-Mar-27: The reflecta x3-Scan is a standalone slide scanner that saves data to SD cards, can drive a television directly or can be connected to a computer over USB. [7797]
  • 2008-Sep-18: Ion Audio's SLIDES 2 PC is a small slide scanner. While at $100 its going to be no match for a Nikon scanner, it may prove to be better than the typical flat bed scanner with slide scanning capabilities. [6879]
  • 2008-Sep-07: The Braun Multimag Slide Scanner 4000 (here at Adorama) is a bit expensive at $1700 but it can scan trays of slides at a time and has DICE, DROC and DGEM software. This works out at the same price as a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000-ED with the optional SF-210 auto slide feeder attachment. [6811]
  • 2007-Nov-30: Shutterbug reviews the Nikon Coolscan V ED and finds it to be a good piece of kit. [4380]
  • 2007-Nov-13: This book ripper is a specialized type of scanner designed to make scanning the contents of a bound book relatively painless. I would think someone should be able to make such a jig in a home shop (or out of Lego) for a lot less. [4142] [1]
  • Making homemade 100 Mega Pixel cameras out of old scanners. [3900]
  • A Sept'05 review of five scanners, including two for slides/negatives. The Nikon Coolscan V LS-50 ED sounds like it might be the best choice. [3899]
  • The OpticFilm 7200, a pro-level film scanner from Plustek can do 7200DPI scans for US$199 [3898]
  • A build-it-yourself slide mount for using a digicam to duplicate 35mm slides [3897]
  • The DigitDia 3600 from Reflecta is a slide scanner that takes slide trays, allowing you to scan 50 slides in one batch. A wonderful idea that's just so obvious one wonders why none of the other manufacturers have done this before. A pity that the quality of the scans are not as good as some of the comparable scanners. [3896]

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