My family has hundreds of slides and pictures negatives (most of them 35 mm but also those small ones used by the old Kodak Pocket cameras - 110 film ?).
I would like to digitalize them, save and watch on my computer or on the 34 inch TV (using a TV out video board).
What is the best (and reasonably priced) scanner for the job ??
I know an adapter is needed - How does this adapter work ?? Does it use lenses for close up ou anything ???
What about the results ? Is the resolution ok ??
Thanks in advance.
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  1. The best one would be a HP S50 scanner, its not a flatbed scanner, it has rollers which the 35mm negative or slide passes over, it can take up to a 6x4 photo, and they are a good res as well
  2. I've had a Nikon CoolScan III for ~ 1 year. It produces very high quality scans (2700dpi) from 35mm slides and negatives, in fact you can end up with 20Mb+ image files so you need lots of memory if you're going to manipulate these images. These resolutions are really only necessary if you then want to print to a photo quality inkjet.

    You can also get an APS film adapter for this scanner.
    It is very expensive compared to flatbed scanners, but then it does produce better results. I have a vast collection of slides so I needed a film scanner.

    I chose the Nikon over similar rivals from Canon (FS2700) and Minolta (Di-Image) because it has "Digital ICE" this is used to remove blemishes caused by dust and scratches on the slide/neg. It works by scanning the
    film in infrared to determine where the scratches are.
    Note the IR does not work with traditional silver based B&W films nor does it work with Kodachrome slides.

    However most of my photos are on Fujichrome slides or
    Fuji/Kodak negatives I get great results from these.

    The only drawback with this scanner is the NikonScan twain driver supplied with it. I found this very difficult to use sucessfully especially with slides.

    I have since bought Vuescan (, the best
    $40 I've ever spent on software. It runs on Windows and Linux :-) I find it much easier to use.

    Once you start scanning photos you have to learn about digital image manipulation but that's a topic for another site. Try or (this also contains review and readers comments about the CoolScan III).


  3. OK, on the high-speed yet inexpensive side, I can't complain about my Acer Prisma 620ST. It is a flatbed with transperency adapter and negative holders. Due to the decreasing poplularity of SCSI scanners I got mine for $40 on clearence.

    Suicide is painless...........
  4. The scanner I've been using is the Epson Expression 1600 SCSI with the transparency expansion. The thing pulls in high quality scans whatever I do, 35mm negatives or opaque images. Has a USB port as well. Works in Linux via the SANE driver. Trouble is, it's expensive--mine cost me about $1100. Whack off maybe $200 if you don't want SCSI connectivity, and the price still bites hard.

    The lower-end Epson scanners (such as the Perfection) also do very well; I don't know if they have transparency unit expansions though.

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  5. You mean the s20 right?? I have the s20 and the drivers SUCK!!!! I got it a year ago and they just came out with drivers for win2k. And the drivers still cause problems. I would recommend any of the nikon scanners. The ones that end in ED have digital ice cubed. Which enhances images to try to make them as close to real colors as possible. It also fixes dust and scratches. This could be handy if your gonna do a bunch of scanns and don't wanna correct them.

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  6. The Minolta Dimage Scan Elite is a dedicated 35mm scanner that I can highly recommend. It also uses Digital ICE (don't leave home without it)! The Scan Elite can be had for about $700, which is about $300 less than the Nikon IV ED (another exc. scanner).

    Acer recently introduced a 35mm scanner (model 2740, I think) with Digital ICE that goes for about $550. But I don't know any more about it.
  7. Have a look at the NIKON LS-3500. Professional 35mm slide scanner. Scans slides, negatives & filmstrips. 6000 x 4000 dot resolution. The real deal.
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