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.

Hi Michelle,

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.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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