Fri 01-Mar-13 04:36 PM | edited Sat 02-Mar-13 02:37 AM by Bravozulu
I'd be using a new iMac, and have about 80 rolls of B&W film, and 20 or so boxes of slides.
a) am I crazy to try scan that myself? Do I need to join a monastery to accomplish it?
b) What kind of scanner ---- flat bed or strip feed?
c) The new USB 3 has a great IO speed. What brand of scanner uses this new technology.
d) I would like to get an 11x14 inch B&W printer with the multiple greytone cartridges. I would use it a bunch for a short time, then it would be idle for months. Does that usage suggest having a pro shop do the printing because the inks would dry up? (I retired from FedEx and get a whopping discount at all FedEx office shops for printing services)
That is a lot of film to scan. Either you would have to pay a fortune to have it scanned or you can do it yourself but it will eat up a lot of your free time. Remember that scanning the film itself is time consuming but then you are also looking at scratch and blemish removal, and some amount of post processing. Either a dedicated film scanner or a good flatbed scanner with a film attachment should give you very good results. Dedicated film scanners are mostly a thing of the past now although there are a few companies out there still making them. The biggest obstacle is getting a compatible scanning software to work with the newer operating systems. I wouldn't worry about USB 3, as I am not aware of any scanners that use it. Most are either USB 2 or firewire.
As far as a dedicated B&W printer I would recommend using the ink systems made by Jon Cone. You could find either a good used color printer and convert it to B&W or you could buy a new inexpensive 13" printer such as an Epson 1400/1430 and convert it.
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A basically agree with Ernesto, but suggest you look at SilverFast Archive Suite 8, it will scan your film uses an IR frame to correct for dust and scratches and does an outstanding job of correcting for film base issues as well. Here is one example from 1970 Ektachrome slide film scanned with an Epson Perfection V700 flatbed and Silverfast SW:
The past month has been devoted to evaluating image software. While I was at a camera store this morning, I asked them their advice about hardware, software and cost of digitally printing old 35mm B&W negatives.
They confirmed what you folks said here. I'm not going to get into it. I'll just thoroughly clean my negatives (a quick job), review them with a loop and lightbox (a little slower job), and then give them to a friend who still has a wet darkroom.
I have a Minolta scanner that I use Silverfest software with Kodacrome calibration. I believe this is the best for me as it allows me full control of my scanning. I, too, have just as many slides and I'm slowly converting them to digital. I believe it is worth investing in your own film scanner in that if you are not satisfied with a scan you made then you can always go back and use it again.