View Full Version : Scanning Negatives

11-13-2003, 06:53 AM
I have an "Epson Perfection 1260 Photo" scanner with the negative adaptor. My problem is; when I attempt to scan negs that are a bit underexposed, the top and bottom of the photo are severely cut off leaving just a thin strip of photo that's readable horizontally down the middle. I realize that I can just go to a photomat and have them done but I have a sh*tload of old negs to scan and why pay a professional to do it if I have all the equipment right here to produce my own photos at a fraction of the cost ? The Epson support website is not https// and requires a ton of personal and technical info to be submitted. Does anyone here have any experience with scanning negs ? :unsure:
Thanks in advance,
Riddler. :)

11-13-2003, 11:31 AM
I dont have any idea.

11-13-2003, 12:23 PM
:D I tried that already....it didn't work.

Me neither btw. :)

11-13-2003, 12:34 PM
I don't know why you are having this problem Riddler, but I have had a bit of experience with scanning negatives from a flatbed scanner, and the results have never been too good.

I too had heaps of slides and transparencies, and I wanted to preserve them on CD's. A friend then lent me a Nikon Coolscan, this was in 95 - 96, the dpi was around 3000. The results were brilliant.

I was thinking that as that was so long ago, there should be secondhand ones around for a reasonable price. Once you've used one, you'll never want to use a flatbed again.


11-13-2003, 12:39 PM
That sounds like a great idea BD, what is it exactly....a portable device ?

11-13-2003, 12:41 PM
Coolscan (http://hardwarecentral.dealtime.com/xPF-Nikon_Coolscan_IV_ED)


11-13-2003, 12:45 PM
This is the latest one I think, 4,000 dpi, tested against an Epson flatbed.

Nikon Coolscan LS4000ED (http://www.crystalcanyons.net/Pages/TechNotes/ScannerResolution.shtm)


11-13-2003, 12:50 PM
Yikes ! :o Pricey aren't they ?
I'll look around for some used ones & see where it leads.
Thanks BD. :)