I received a message from a newsletter reader:
I am a regular reader of your newsletter.
I would like your advice on the best way to scan negatives with good quality results on a budget. I tried my Canon flatbed. It seems to do a good job, but takes a long time to scan at a good resolution. I tried a cheap negative scanner with terrible results. The good negative scanners are very expensive. I am considering places like CVS and online scanning services.
After scanning an old negative of my parents wedding that was about 60 years old and seeing the results, I want to do more negative scanning. I would like to see what you and other readers recommend.
By the way, I really liked your article on the outhouse. I am from Monson, Maine and our outhouse was off the barn, beyond the cow stalls.
Thanks Dick, I really enjoy your newsletter and welcome your great advice on so many topics.
As you discovered, normal scanners don't handle negatives very well and many negative scanners work well, but are expensive.
I am reluctant to make recommendations, as I haven't used any of these, but you can find inexpensive units that claim to scan negatives. One that I know of is the iConvert® Instant Slide & Negative Scanner sold for $99 by Brookstone and probably by others as well. You can see it at http://goo.gl/oR1JB
However, you said that you had already tried a cheap scanner with poor results so the iConvert® unit might not be a good choice for you.
If you have a small number of negatives to scan, it will probably be cheaper to take them to a nearby drug store or photo store for scanning.
- Dick Eastman
Can anyone else offer suggestions?