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Offline Terlingua50337

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35 mm Scanner
« on: May 05, 2010, 06:56:03 AM »
Three or four weeks ago I bought a 35mm negative/mounted slide scanner at Fry's made by Pandigital. I gave $70 bucks for it. Sure does a nice job. About 5 secs per scan. It'll scan your negatives as Jpegs or 8/16 bit Tiffs. It's easy to clean. You can save directly to a SD or SDHC card or to your HD. I used to use my Canon flatbed scanner with the negative adapter but it was Slllllllllooooooooo owwwwwww. This is fast, easy and the images are great! Here's a link to the one I bought, http://www.pandigital.net/search.asp?Mode=Product&TypeID=9&ProductID=24. They had another one that was a stand alone unit (no PC required) but I figured I was going to put them on a PC anyway so I opted for the cheaper.

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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2010, 07:45:19 AM »
Know a quick solution for converting my thousands of slides to Disc; I currently take them to Sam's or Costco.

I can see having slides done there, but I would never have standard film done there.  Their machines auto color correct standard film, which for me many times means losing some of the great colors, but slide film is handled differently and usually not auto color corrected.  But then, that is why when I shoot film, I shoot slide film.
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2010, 07:46:04 AM »
Three or four weeks ago I bought a 35mm negative/mounted slide scanner at Fry's made by Pandigital. I gave $70 bucks for it. Sure does a nice job. About 5 secs per scan. It'll scan your negatives as Jpegs or 8/16 bit Tiffs. It's easy to clean. You can save directly to a SD or SDHC card or to your HD. I used to use my Canon flatbed scanner with the negative adapter but it was Slllllllllooooooooo owwwwwww. This is fast, easy and the images are great! Here's a link to the one I bought, http://www.pandigital.net/search.asp?Mode=Product&TypeID=9&ProductID=24. They had another one that was a stand alone unit (no PC required) but I figured I was going to put them on a PC anyway so I opted for the cheaper.

Thanks for the recommendation!
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2010, 08:58:44 AM »
Anyone know how well 35mm negatives hold up?  I've got a couple hundred pictures from a Grand Canyon trip.  After 17 years, the pictures are getting really yellow.  I think I still have all the negatives for them.  It would be great to be able to scan the negs and have my pics again.  How will the pics come out from these old negatives?

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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2010, 09:04:42 AM »
I've been scanning negatives with my new little machine I shot in 1992 that have been stored in a cardboard box at my mothers place in an unheated, uncooled shed in a central texas and they look good. Exposure to light is what kills film negatives and eventually age will. The next time I'm at her place I'm going to get my dads negatives from Japan and Korea and scan them. I should note the negatives are all still in the sleeves.

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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2010, 09:27:02 AM »
Know a quick solution for converting my thousands of slides to Disc; I currently take them to Sam's or Costco.

I can see having slides done there, but I would never have standard film done there.  Their machines auto color correct standard film, which for me many times means losing some of the great colors, but slide film is handled differently and usually not auto color corrected.  But then, that is why when I shoot film, I shoot slide film.

MOT, if you want prints from your slides, what do you do?
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2010, 12:01:39 AM »
Anyone know how well 35mm negatives hold up?  I've got a couple hundred pictures from a Grand Canyon trip.  After 17 years, the pictures are getting really yellow.  I think I still have all the negatives for them.  It would be great to be able to scan the negs and have my pics again.  How will the pics come out from these old negatives?

Don't know about the cheaper scanners, but Nikon provides an ICE program that works miracles on faded negs or slides. Check out their website then see if other providers have something similar if you don't want to spend the money on Nikon. By now, I'd imagine there are similar programs out there.
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010, 02:36:09 PM »
Anyone know how well 35mm negatives hold up?  I've got a couple hundred pictures from a Grand Canyon trip.  After 17 years, the pictures are getting really yellow.  I think I still have all the negatives for them.  It would be great to be able to scan the negs and have my pics again.  How will the pics come out from these old negatives?

Alot depends on how they were stored. I knew a pro here in town who could print beautiful pics from negatives from when he started 60 years ago. That was with him processing them and they were stored properly. Biggest issue for old negatives will be calibration. Shouldn't be a big issue with a digital scanner, you may have to adjust each strip. I can tell you that when I processed film at Wolf Camera about 10 years ago, we hated when folks brought in old film for reprints. We calibrated the color balance on the machines daily for common film types, and monthly for all "normal" films. Old films often weren't part of that calibration system, and the machine couldn't even read the barcodes on them. Without a calibration standard, there was a lot of hit or miss manual colorbalancing to do. Even with the newer machines that have a display (we actually looked at the negative and colorbalanced from that), if the operator just runs the strip through without paying attention, they could look like crap. If they watch and and adjust balance properly, it should be fine, but will take them a while to do it.

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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2010, 04:58:39 PM »
This little machine color balances each negative individually. Once the image stabilizes on the screen push a button at the top and presto! saved. I like it. Alot. It's going to be interesting once I get my hands on my dad's old film. It's been in a suitcase for as long as I can remember. I looked at some of them just by holding them up to the light. Most of the negatives are on uncut strips so I'll have to cut them into 6-negative strips in order to scan them.

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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2010, 06:59:57 PM »
Now y'all don't judge my computer work space..... here's that Pandigital scanner in action. I'm scanning some shots from Glacier Nat'l Park I shot back in 1991. The image you see is the screen is what you see with the software that comes with the scanner. Once you save the picture you transfer it where ever you want on your HD. The picture is "as scanned". I haven't post processed it at all. My original film was Kodak Gold 200 shot with a Canon EOS 630.
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2010, 07:15:37 PM »
Now y'all don't judge my computer work space..... here's that Pandigital scanner in action. I'm scanning some shots from Glacier Nat'l Park I shot back in 1991. The image you see is the screen is what you see with the software that comes with the scanner. Once you save the picture you transfer it where ever you want on your HD. The picture is "as scanned". I haven't post processed it at all. My original film was Kodak Gold 200 shot with a Canon EOS 630.

Very nice!  I may just have to get me one of those.  Great photo too!

Off topic, I'm jealous though because I have had my eye on Glacier NP to visit, and really hope to get there this summer.
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2010, 07:38:10 PM »
I spent nearly a year in Missoula. If I ever leave Texas that's where I'm going. Kind of like Call told Gus in Lonesome Dove, "I want to do it, Gus. I want see that country.... before the bankers and lawyers get ahold of it." I've always regretted never going over the border into the Canook part of the park, Waterton. They say it is head and shoulders above Glacier which, if true, means it is absolutely mind blowing. That particular photo was in mid June. It was about mid way in the snowmelt and there were ephemeral waterfalls everywhere.

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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2010, 09:38:01 PM »
Three or four weeks ago I bought a 35mm negative/mounted slide scanner at Fry's made by Pandigital. I gave $70 bucks for it. Sure does a nice job. About 5 secs per scan. It'll scan your negatives as Jpegs or 8/16 bit Tiffs. It's easy to clean. You can save directly to a SD or SDHC card or to your HD. I used to use my Canon flatbed scanner with the negative adapter but it was Slllllllllooooooooo owwwwwww. This is fast, easy and the images are great! Here's a link to the one I bought, http://www.pandigital.net/search.asp?Mode=Product&TypeID=9&ProductID=24. They had another one that was a stand alone unit (no PC required) but I figured I was going to put them on a PC anyway so I opted for the cheaper.

This looked like a good father's day gift, but it doesn't look like Fry's carries it any longer.  In fact, it doesn't appear to be sold anywhere.

Does anyone have any experience with this scanner?  Seems like it has similar specs.

http://www.precision-camera.com/main/printer-media-scanners/scanners/pana-vue-pana-scan.html
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Re: 35 mm Scanner
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2010, 10:46:41 PM »
I spent nearly a year in Missoula. If I ever leave Texas that's where I'm going. Kind of like Call told Gus in Lonesome Dove, "I want to do it, Gus. I want see that country.... before the bankers and lawyers get ahold of it." I've always regretted never going over the border into the Canook part of the park, Waterton. They say it is head and shoulders above Glacier which, if true, means it is absolutely mind blowing. That particular photo was in mid June. It was about mid way in the snowmelt and there were ephemeral waterfalls everywhere.

Interesting, guess I better get my passport then!!!

Having never been there, do you have any recommendations for a guy with a camera?
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2010, 06:44:31 AM »
There's a lot of old logging roads in the mountains there that go nowhere but offer some spectacular sights. The Bob Marshall Wilderness.... what to say about it.. it's hard to describe, just unbelieveable, uninhabited (except for grizzlies) wilderness as far as you can see or walk. You can go west to Lolo then into eastern Idaho, again, incredible beauty. One of my favorite one day jaunts is the National Bison Range just north of Missoula. Thousands of acres where the buffalo actually roam, free of fences. Its the home of the national bison herd. It's also not unusual to see Big Horn sheep there as well. I think I like coming across Glacier from the east side. It's difficult to describe how the rising sun plays on the mountains there.

 


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