Resolution for scanning color negatives?
I have an all-in-one, and it has no color film scanning software.
I want to send my color negs to digmypics, as I have had slides scanned by them in the past.
I need some opinions/experiences as to the correct resolution to request. They suggest 2500 dpi but I am very tempted to choose 3200. They were shot by a professional, outdoors in bright light.
I chose their suggested dpi for slides and was a little disappointed at the result on a 50" flat screen, but it may have been the slides themselves. It's just hard to tell without dragging out a projector. BTW, other than that, I was very pleased with their work.
Thanks for your advice.
#1. "RE: Resolution for scanning color negatives?" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Wed 20-Jun-12 11:54 PM
In my opinion 2500 ppi is at the minimum of acceptable resolution for digitizing 35 mm film, especially if you are trying to achieve archival quality. I agree with you, 3200 ppi is a better choice, if the cost is not prohibitive.
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#2. "RE: Resolution for scanning color negatives?" | In response to Reply # 1
#3. "RE: Resolution for scanning color negatives?" | In response to Reply # 0
I scan 35mm at 3200 dpi unless I am pretty impressed with the quality. In that case I scan at 6400 dpi.
> I ... was a little disappointed at the result on a 50" flat screen
I think that might have been the flat screen display. Unless it's a really new and expensive one, it has 1920x1200 or fewer pixels - that's 2mp. About the resolution of a big computer monitor (eg an Apple 27") except that the same data is spread across 50" instead of 27".
> It's just hard to tell without dragging out a projector
Most projectors are even lower resolution than that. Most are 1280x1024 or LOWER resolution... and there are still a pretty fair number of them around that are 800x600.
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