Where's the best place to convert film to images?


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Hey, am using a Nikon SLR right now. But am although i'm interested in posting some of me photos online, i haven't got a scanner. Don't intend to get one either. Real estate problem around my desk.

So where's the best place i could convert those photos i have (on film) into images. How much do they charge? and are they any good? Budget not very high lah.. ;)
 

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Hey, am using a Nikon SLR right now. But am although i'm interested in posting some of me photos online, i haven't got a scanner. Don't intend to get one either. Real estate problem around my desk.

So where's the best place i could convert those photos i have (on film) into images. How much do they charge? and are they any good? Budget not very high lah.. ;)
Colour Lab Photo Finishing. #B1-07 Adelphi. Charges are $9.90 per roll if you let the process and scan, $12.00 if you send in a processed roll. You will get a CD-R back with 1800x1200 JPG scans of your film negatives.

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CK
 

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Hi Roch,
with great dissapointment of the fast obseletion of the digicam models, i purchased my SLR 2 years ago and last year i bought my acer film scanner. Till now, i got no regret of my purchase as i could enjoy both conventional SLR and digital photography. The scanner cost about S$600++ (Acer Scanwit 2720S). This is how i practice now:
1) film developed = S$3.5 per roll, if u go frequent to d same shop, u can even ask for a S$3/roll price (that's is what i been paying now.) and it took only 15 - 20 min for a normal lab to proccess a roll film.
2) scan the film at my own pace at my PC. This is really enjoyable, as i have darkroom experience, it's a very similar experience when u preview ur image scan out from your PC monitor. for full resolution, it took about 1.5 hour to scan a whole 36 exposure roll.

i felt the ROI (return of investment) is really fast, till now, i have been shooting almost hundred rolls ! and guys, i have both negatives/slides and CD-rom archives !

but beware, the acer film scanner Scanwit 2720S very sensitive to high ISO film, i use only Fuji superior 100, NPH 400, NPS160 and Reala 100. . AVOID kodak MAX, totally unusable....GRAIN GRAIN GRAIN...

However, the best result come from slide (any brand)....
 

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Originally posted by spider
Hi Roch,
with great dissapointment of the fast obseletion of the digicam models, i purchased my SLR 2 years ago and last year i bought my acer film scanner. Till now, i got no regret of my purchase as i could enjoy both conventional SLR and digital photography. The scanner cost about S$600++ (Acer Scanwit 2720S). This is how i practice now:
1) film developed = S$3.5 per roll, if u go frequent to d same shop, u can even ask for a S$3/roll price (that's is what i been paying now.) and it took only 15 - 20 min for a normal lab to proccess a roll film.
2) scan the film at my own pace at my PC. This is really enjoyable, as i have darkroom experience, it's a very similar experience when u preview ur image scan out from your PC monitor. for full resolution, it took about 1.5 hour to scan a whole 36 exposure roll.

i felt the ROI (return of investment) is really fast, till now, i have been shooting almost hundred rolls ! and guys, i have both negatives/slides and CD-rom archives !

but beware, the acer film scanner Scanwit 2720S very sensitive to high ISO film, i use only Fuji superior 100, NPH 400, NPS160 and Reala 100. . AVOID kodak MAX, totally unusable....GRAIN GRAIN GRAIN...

However, the best result come from slide (any brand)....
Spider,

Wow! Looks like i might have to get a scanner afterall. Done some due diligence over the last coupla days. It's not worth converting prints/slides to images. Really cost a bomb. Besides, i don't always need ALL the shots in a roll. And converting individual (selective) print/slides to images is even more expensive.

Agree that Kodak MAX is very grainy. Tried the fuji superias recently and was really blown away by the difference. Will stay far far away from the Kodak MAXes from now. Just bought my first roll of slide film (Provia 100) and will be taking a variety of shots this weekend to test it's flexibility.

Do you scan your images from slides? How do the images appear? Interested to find out more.

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Hi Roch,

i've been 2 years never travel oversea thus no chance to take slide....:( however, my friend passed me some slide (Kodak and fuji) and he was pleased with the result and bought the same scanner then (Acer should thanks me)......

from my own findings, if u bought the scanner (get the later model, 2740, cost only 100 bucks more, i think) stick to Fuji Superior 100. For high ISO, only NPH400. NPC160 i used only for xperimental purpose (actually i looking for NPS160, but only can find NPC160). Reala a bit ex for negative...only for bright outdoor, so i used when i shot landscape.

however, if u loaded, may be can consider the canon new film scanner that launch last year, but prepare to take out S$1.5K+++

attached some samples, all image color are unadjust, uncrop, un-level, and scanned in 1350dpi (max 2400dpi), 24bit (max48bit), did not scan at max cos time consuming. images was then reize and convert to jpg:

This is done with Fuji 100


Kodak slide (my fred forgot to tell which model)
 

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As u can see from the photo i posted, the dynamic range of this scanner is no suffice. Grain is a problem for film scanner, so i emphasis on low ISO or fine grain film. Slide is really test your skill, remember, exposure and metering is crucial else u'll need hard time using photoshop to adjust the level.

u may want to see review on the scanner at http://www.photographyreview.com/Scanners/Film,Scanners/PLS_3126crx.aspx
befor u make any purchase

btw, my cat is camera-shy :), and the little boy is my nephew..
 

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the cat is darn cute... looks like my one too.. kekeke:what:
 

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Originally posted by ckiang


Colour Lab Photo Finishing. #B1-07 Adelphi. Charges are $9.90 per roll if you let the process and scan, $12.00 if you send in a processed roll. You will get a CD-R back with 1800x1200 JPG scans of your film negatives.

Regards
CK
Does anyone have any idea the operating hour of
Colour Lab Photo Finishing?

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Originally posted by spider
Hi Roch,

i've been 2 years never travel oversea thus no chance to take slide....:( however, my friend passed me some slide (Kodak and fuji) and he was pleased with the result and bought the same scanner then (Acer should thanks me)......
Why do you have to travel overseas to take slides?
 

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