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Old 09-18-2005, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been shooting a lot of film lately and would like to get it scanned to digital for quick reference. Has anybody used one of those labs that processes film, scans it, and delivers it back with film and CD of all the images? I used a couple a few years back but can't remember the lab.
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I've done this several times, converting film directly to CD digital images from the negatives. If I am particular about the outcome of the results I go to a local photo lab by the name of North Hills Photo. They have made 300 dpi images at various pixel sized resolutions that have turned out good.

This is one of those photos


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Thanks Jim. I found them on the web and I'll give them a call to see if I can do it by mail.

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The lab I use (Epperson Photo in Oklahoma City) does all my work via the mails as I live about 40 miles away. Here is a link to their web page where they list the prices for doing what you discuss.

http://www.eppersonphoto.com/digserv.asp?categoryID=14


Note, that the scans run a bit contrasty and they sometimes cut off the edges. They are pefect for reference but not sifficient to print much from.

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When I was still shooting film, I usually took it to Sam's Club for processing and ordered either a high res CD or low resolution scans. They delivered the low res scans on line, they gave you a code to access your images on their site.

The price was very reasonable, I think the low res scans added a buck to the processing and the CD was a couple of bucks.

The quality wasn't bad. It might not be up to a drum scan, but then you aren't paying 75 cents per frame for the scan. The 75 cents per frame is what the local custom shop gets if you have them scan a bunch...

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If you are planning to do this on a regular basis, I suggest getting your own film scanner. Much creative control can be exerted during scanning, which you give up when others do it. It will take a little while to master the process.

I use a Konica-Minolta Dual IV, which is one of the least expensive at around $275.00.

Here is a favorite recent scan from Fuji Reala:

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Hey Eric. As someone who only shoots film, this sounds like something right up my alley. If you have a lab scan the images in, it can get costly, but they usually come out good, of course if you take it to a pro level lab in your area. The only thing I have against going out of town is that if something does go wrong, you can go back and deal with them face to face versus over the phone. If this is something that you plan on doing on a regular basis and/or in large quantities, I recommend buying a film scanner. Of course with scanners, they are going the way of the dinosaur along with film and film cameras. As a consideration as I have, it might be wise to go digital if you have not already.

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