Negative Scanning Conclusion

Hopefully the posts over the last week about negative scanning have been useful for some of you. It’s been interesting testing the various services offered and I’m grateful that the companies all offered free trials. This means that you can try the services yourselves and see if you get any different results! Please leave a comment if you do, or if you discover other companies you can recommend.
My personal conclusion is that none of the services were quite what I wanted. I don’t think it’s just me being pretentious about what I want. Although none of the results were bad, I either wasn’t really happy with the image quality or wasn’t happy with the price. Perhaps the services are designed for those wanting to get their images in and up on the web. For most of my photos that would be the case, but I also want to have a digital backup of my images that I can easily duplicate and store elsewhere.

So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. There’s no point in paying potentially a lot of money for a service that doesn’t quite achieve what I want. If it wasn’t for the colour cast in the images I would be tempted to have them scan the negatives and manually touch up the ones I want to reproduce. I may try them again and see if the problem occurs on some other negatives. The other option is to scan them all in myself, which would take a few days solid work.  Still, there’s no hurry…

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    One Response to Negative Scanning Conclusion

    1. Dave McLauchlin says:

      Hello, For information Costco scan negatives to CD and only cost 0.95pence for a full set of negatives (36). Extremely cheap and don’t know how they can do it. I’ve just finshed getting 100+ films done over a period of about 3 weeks.

      Resolution is 3088 x 2048 pixels or 72dpi – which is about 4-5Mb file. So for “run of the mill” pictures it’s extremly good value.