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How to best convert 35mm negatives to digital images?

submitted on February 22, 2010 by MrCheap in "Products / Gadgets"
I have a lot of old 35mm films dusting in my drawers, probably around 50-80 rolls. Some color and some black and white. What is the best way to convert them into files? What makes more sense: to buy a scanner or mail them out for processing?

I understand doing it yourself will save some $$$ however a good scanner may cost a lot and I don't see any other use for it once I digitize these films, so I don't want to spend too much for it. Is renting a good scanner an option? If so, will renting be cheaper than mailing the films?
        

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  • 53458
    reallyrob
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    Posted by reallyrob on February 23, 2010
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    Any more, I think it would probably be just as cheap to take them to a store like Walgreens and have them developed there and they will scan and put them online or on disc fairly cheaply. It used to cost a fortune many years ago, but now...it's just about easier and cheaper to let them do it for you!
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    • MrCheap
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      Posted by MrCheap on February 23, 2010
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      I just called Walgreens. They will scan my films for $5.99 per CD. Each CD can hold up to 50 image files so in my case it will be 1200-1920 files, or 24-38 CD's, or $144 - $228 total cost (plus tax)
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    Posted by equipurple on February 23, 2010
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    I would think you could recoup half the cost of the scanner by selling it on ebay, if that helps in your analysis.
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 23, 2010
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    This is a "Do it yourself" way of doing it

    http://www.ehow.com/how_561742.....anner.html

    OR

    You can buy one of these devices to do it for you - will cost you some $$$$ though

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/elect.....sion/9a24/

    Wolverine F2D100 35mm Camera Film to Digital Images Scanner Converter (Black)
    http://www.amazon.com/Wolverin.....B001I45BQK

    http://www.gifts.com/search/pr.....dID=146651
    Seems like BROOKSTONE has one - check out their store

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    • MrCheap
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      Posted by MrCheap on February 23, 2010
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      Wolverine F2D100 looks great but I am thinking it will be an overkill to buy a scanner with an LCD display when all I need is scan my films bulk and dump/sell the scanner after that. I need something that offers the best resolution for the least price
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on February 23, 2010
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      true ....I guess these come in more handy if you want to use them for bizness purposes. A one time job -- well the walgreen option looks great. Also check out CVS if they do it ...lots of coupons available for CVS
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 23, 2010
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    Here is another one I found at one of the forums

    Digital Film Scanner FS-C1

    They all are film scanners -- try EBAY and am sure you will be able to get hold of one cheaper

    http://forums.techarena.in/por.....185412.htm

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