Author : Michelle Bryant
Dr. Mizen, I’d like to archive some of my old film prints by scanning the negatives. (This also includes some very old negatives from the 40’s). Can you tell me if there are any economical negative scanners that can provide decent resolution for the “home” user, or at least give me some parameters to consider when purchasing this type of equipment.
I do not have recommendations for a specific scanner, although I do have some general information that may be of help. Many high quality print scanners are available at reasonable prices. For negatives, a scanner designed specifically for negatives and slides will generally produce better results. Tech Notes, May 2007 contains more information and web site references to check out.
p.s. I do not recommend discarding prints or negatives after they are scanned. You may want them in the future, particularly if the scanned files are lost or damaged.