From: Ken Hart <>
Subject: Re: Scanning negatives
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Subject: Re: Scanning negatives
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On 02/28/2018 02:46 PM, Paul Carmichael wrote:
> On 28/02/18 18:39, Alan Browne wrote:
>> On 2018.02.28 07:16, Paul Carmichael wrote:
>>> Looking at scanning a few negatives.
>> I'll join the chorus of if it's just a few, then get it done by some 
>> local or mail in service.  Be sure to get best appropriate quality 
>> which would be around 4000 points per inch sampling.
> Nothing local (nor mail-in) and these photos are nothing special 
> (quality wise).
> I've seen some examples of stuff done with 2 bits of glass, a good dslr 
> and a flash, so might give that a go. Got nothing to lose.
> Got a photo from 30 years ago of the wife and kids in a field making 
> daisy chains. Had it blown up into a poster, but it's faded over the years.
> Thanks for all the advice folks.
> I'll come back and report in a few days.

I've "scanned" old B&W old size negs by putting them on a lightbox and 
photographing them with a close-up lens. The results were satisfactory.

If you were to sandwich the negs between two pieces of glass, put a 
large white paper a couple feet away and light the paper, it might work. 
Certainly cheap enough to give it a try.

Doing that with color negs would be trickier, as you would have to get 
rid of the orange mask along with doing the reversal.

Ken Hart