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Jan 19, 2011
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I have recently returned to using my old film camera and developing my own black and white negatives. I would like now to start scanning the negatives. I dont want to pay big bucks for a scanner, as this is still a hobby with me and my DSLR will remain my main camera. I am looking at the Canon 9000f and the Epson V600. Has anybody got recommendations with regard to these or other affordable negative scanners.
 

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I'm using 9000f, but the scanner died on me after just one session. :thumbsdown:
Got it repaired and working fine so far.
The scans are good enough for MF film, but not that great for 35mm film, but I get what I paid for.
If you are viewing at normal sizes either the 9000f or V600 it will suffice.
If you want to pixel peep, then no point using 35mm film :D
Lab scans are still far better than these cheap flatbeds.

If you are willing to spend a bit more, try to get a scanner that can take more than 2 strips of negative at one go.
I find that the more strips of negative the scanner can do at one time, the more time saved from having to go back constantly to change out the negatives.
 

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Thanks for that, I think in the short term I will take your advice and use the labs equipment.
It is a question of convenience over quality I suppose, I only know of one or two labs here in Singapore.
 

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Thanks for that, I think in the short term I will take your advice and use the labs equipment.
It is a question of convenience over quality I suppose, I only know of one or two labs here in Singapore.

No probs.
Just note that lab scanning is not cheap and a scan of about 22 rolls will buy you one 9000F.
IMHO, if you plan to do more scans than 22 rolls within a year and only view at 1024x768, 1280x900 type sizes, just buy a scanner.
 

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