Now you can take all those stacks of 35mm (photo film & Archive), 127, 126, 110, APS Slides & Negatives, Regular 8mm and Super 8 movies and convert them into digital JPEG images to share and preserve them forever.
The Magnasonic scanner scans and converts Super 8, 110, 126KPK, 35mm films, and slides into 22 MP images that are then converted into a JPEG file. Additionally, it has a built-in storage of up to 128 MB, which basically means that you can save up to 100 images on this unit alone. It also has an SD card slot if you need to make room for more files.
True to its name, the ClearClick QuickConvert 2.0 is a high-speed slide scanner that converts your physical copies into digital images in just 2-3 seconds. Compatible with a range of slides and films including 4×6 photos, 135/35 mm slides, and 126, 110, and 135/35 mm negatives, this device allows better flexibility in terms of scanning format types.
The best part: just like most of our picks of the best slide scanners, the Wolverine Titan can work without any additional software or a computer. It quickly produces great outputs, particularly if you need digital images for social media use.
This top-of-the-line film scanner comes with two film holders ready for scanning. While these two film holders can help with 35mm film and slide positives, they can also be useful for the 120/220 medium format film as well.
The DIGITNOW All-in-One Scanner is a solid option for anyone needing to convert physical photo prints in addition to 35mm slides and negatives. The standalone device is easy to use, especially with its small 2.4-inch color display that allows you to view your images and navigate the handful of menu items.
For as low as $1 each, our photo lab (TheDarkroom.com) can professionally convert your slides to digital image and scan your film negatives, upload them for web download and send you a CD or thumb drive with your scanned images. If you have a lot of slides, professionally digitizing your slides is much quicker and generally better than you will be able to do on your own. Here are some key points to consider:
If you are scanning a 35mm slide, note that the KODAK Scanza tends to crop files, leaving black and white spaces between photos. You can fix this problem by feeding your film manually through its film holder.
On top of its converter body, this film scanner also features interchangeable adapters to process multiple film types. With the QPIX DIGITAL, you can scan 35mm, 135, 126, 110 KPK, and Super-8 negatives into sharp images. If you want to store more scans in the QPIX DIGITAL, you can load SD cards of up to 32MB.
The Epson Perfection V600 is the all-around best 35mm slide scanner for homes and small businesses. Its ArtSoft Photostudio software gives amateur and professional photographers spectacular control over the scanning process, allowing users to refine scans and edit out flaws.
Original Review Date: April 18, 2001* True professional-quality scans* 4000 dpi resolution (67MB file from 35mm neg!)* 42-bit color depth (!), plus 16x for 48-bit equivalent* High-speed FireWire (IEEE 1394) interface(card included for both Mac and PC)* Amazing "Digital ICE" dust & scratch removal* New Digital "ROC" and "GEM" automaticallycorrect for faded negatives and film grain.Manufacturer OverviewNikon Inc. was arguably the first company to really figure out the bizarre color qualities of color negative film, as seen in its first film scanner, released about a decade ago. (This point might be subject to some argument, but the original Nikon film scanner was the first that we saw that could consistently create good-looking scans from a variety of color negative film emulsions.) From that early position, they continued to innovate, and have consistently maintained a commanding position in the high-end pro/prosumer scanning market. Back in mid-1999, Nikon's Super Coolscan 2000 was one of the first slide/film scanners that we reviewed at the Imaging Resource. At the time, the LS-2000 (the unit's model number) represented the state-of-the-art in desktop film scanning, and large numbers were sold to photo enthusiasts and pro photographers alike. Now, Nikon has raised the bar again, with a complete series of new scanners -- ranging from the purely consumer model Super Coolscan IV, through the new Super Coolscan 4000 ED, to the high-end, medium-format Super Coolscan 8000. We'll eventually cover all three products, but elected to start out with the Super Coolscan 4000 ED in this review.HighlightsThe new Super Coolscan 4000 ED incorporates a number of enhancements over the previous generation, and further blurs the line between what's attainable with affordable desktop scanners versus the $100,000+ "drum" scanners used by professional graphics houses. Here's a list of some of the key features of the Super Coolscan 4000 ED:
The BasicsThe Super Coolscan 4000 ED is a compact desktop package that can operate in either of two orientations. Most users who don't advantage of the (optional) automatic slide feeder attachment will likely operate the unit standing upright, in which case it takes up about as much desktop real estate as a thick book. At 3.7 x 6.6 x 12.4 inches (93 x 169 x 315 mm), and approximately 6.6 pounds (3 kg), it should fit easily on even a crowded desktop.The Super Coolscan 4000 ED is a "FireWire" (IEEE 1394) connected device, a virtual necessity due to the enormous amounts of data it's capable of generating. A single version is sold for both Mac and PC platforms, including an IEEE 1394 interface card, with both Mac and PC driver software supplied with the unit. The Super Coolscan 4000 ED's maximum resolution is 4000 dpi, resulting in a maximum image size of 3,654 x 5,646 pixels when scanning 35mm film. (That's a *lot* of pixels, about 67MB in 8-bit mode, 130+ MB when saved as a 48-bit file!)Out of the box, the Super Coolscan 4000 ED comes equipped for scanning both 35mm slides and film strips. An APS adapter and automatic 35mm slide feeder are available as accessories, as is a new 35mm roll-film adapter. All adapters can be "hot swapped," in that they can be changed without powering-down the scanner or requiring any special operations in software. In practice, we found this a very useful feature, as we could switch between slides and negatives very rapidly, without interrupting our workflow. We did not have the opportunity to try either the APS adapter, the automatic slide feeder, or the roll-film feeder, but the "batch" capabilities of the 35mm strip-film adapter were both powerful and convenient."Bit depth" is an important characteristic of digital scanners, affecting both color accuracy and tonal density range. At 14 bits per channel, the Super Coolscan 4000 ED is at the top of the field, but stretches even this specification by providing an option to average multiple measurements of each pixel, up to 16x. We'll discuss this capability in greater detail later, but suffice to say that it provides a "noise level" in images of dense slides or negatives equivalent to a 16-bit per channel device! Nikon rates the maximum optical density capability of the Super Coolscan 4000 ED as 4.2, and we have no reason to quibble with this figure. In part because we have no adequate way to measure this parameter! However, the Super Coolscan 4000 ED's performance does appear to easily exceed that of scanners we've used in the past that were rated at a D-max of 3.6.The scanner uses three color LEDs to illuminate the film, a design unique to Nikon, as far as we know. The LEDs have very well-controlled light characteristics, and aren't subject to the fading of conventional color filter materials. The LED light source is also somewhat collimated (the light waves travel in relatively straight lines), which produces very sharp scans, but also has a tendency to emphasize scratches, dust, and film defects. Though the unique "Digital ICE" technology (see below) gives the Super Coolscan 4000 some unusual technology for dealing with dust and scratches.Documentation for the Super Coolscan 4000 ED is quite extensive and, to the best of our recollection, a good bit more convenient than that of the LS-2000. Both scanners include a very complete manual on the CD, in Adobe Acrobat(tm) format, but the Super Coolscan 4000 ED also includes a roughly 100-page printed version as well. The printed manual is complete enough and well enough written that we really found no need to venture into the electronic version. (Kudos to Nikon, we really appreciate not having to spend time printing out an electronic manual!)Key FeaturesThe new Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED scanner is by any measure one of the most sophisticated products we've reviewed to date. We'll cover these in more detail below, but thought it worth calling attention to a few of the Super Coolscan 4000 ED's key features at the top of the review. Overall, there's no question that the Super Coolscan 4000 ED sets a new standard for desktop scanners in the sub-$2,000 category: By just about every measure (resolution, image sharpness, dynamic range, features, or accessories), the Super Coolscan 4000 raises the bar for desktop scanners. Here are a few of the key points:4000 dpi ResolutionIn all our prior scanner reviews, the highest resolution we'd encountered in a film scanner was on the order of 2800 dpi. Since the film grain was fairly evident at that resolution, our feeling was that there was little purpose in going to even higher resolutions, since it seemed all this would do is further emphasize the film grain. We have to say though, that the Super Coolscan 4000 ED disabused us of that notion. To be sure, film grain is more evident at a full 4000 dpi, but in examining the resulting image files, it's clear that there's also noticeably more image detail present as well. Combine this with the "Digital GEM" grain-management technology embodied in the Super Coolscan 4000 ED, and its 4000 dpi rating constitutes a genuine increase in usable resolution. The high resolution is further enhanced by the Super Coolscan 4000 ED's new optics, using Nikon's special extra-low dispersion (ED) optical glass, which reduces chromatic aberration and improves image sharpness. We don't have a good objective test that would highlight the performance of scanner optics per se, but it was our impression that the scans produced by the Super Coolscan 4000 ED were distinctly sharper and crisper than those of the already-excellent LS-2000 that preceded it. 2b1af7f3a8