As a photographer I am fully aware of the long and laborious task of scanning a Negative and Positive film archive, particularly a large one such as mine, 20,000 35mm Mono and 12,000 35mm Colour, plus a few thousand 35mm Positives, not to mention an archive of medium format colour and mono which need to be stored within a digital storage system, “NIKON VIEW NX” the system I use together with “NIKON CAPTURE NX” for my NEF file processing.
At the advent of digital imaging and my involvement in both media (Film & Digital) I was using a Nikon ice Coolscan MK111 which gave and still gives magnificent results for such an old piece of kit, but at snail pace and impractical for the archives I posses, and I fear commercial scanning would be prohibitive. I have been looking but without success for some sort of scanning devise capable of doing this job at a more acceptable speed and quality with no real results, UNTIL.
A few weeks before Christmas I received an email from “7dayshop.com” with various sale items advertised, one of which was a film scanner cheap £56-00 and said to give adequate results for my requirements.
Image Sensor –5 MegaPixel CMOS Lens – 3600DPI (Interpolated) Slide Format – Scans 35mm Slides, 35mm Negatives and 110 Negatives LCD Screen – 2.4″ Full Colour Preview Screen. Tidy-away flap design Trays – Includes 1x 35mm Slide Tray, 1x 35mm Negative Tray and 1x 110 Negative Tray Power – Powered from USB port or Lithium-ion Battery Compatibility – PC & Mac Compatible. Stand alone device Colour Balance – Auto Balance with Colourbright Technology Focus Range – Auto Focus with Backlight Exposure Scanning Speed – One touch preview, 0.5 second scan speed, 2 second in AP enhance mode Dimensions – Small Compact Footprint. (l x w x h) 100mm x 100mm x 150mm Interface – High Speed USB 2.0 (Not USB 1.1)
Compatible with all Windows & Mac as a stand alone memory device – See more at: http://www.7dayshop.com/photo-video-supplies/film-scanners/veho-smartfix-slide-and-negative-to-sd-card-film-scanner?
- Lithium ION rechargeable battery
- Bundled 2GB SD card
- 2.4 inch preview screen
- Preview your image on the colour LCD screen
- High-resolution, 5 megapixel scanner
- Fast, one-touch scanning takes just one to two seconds
- Optional USB connection for Mac and PC
- Portable design with ultra-small footprint
- Auto-exposure and colour balance
- Mirror, flip and rotate controls
- Scans colour and black & white slides and film negatives – Works with all SD and SDHC cards up to 8GB
Transfer 35mm slides and 35mm & 110 negatives onto an SD card with the standalone VFS-008 Smartfix scanner.
(if I can scan my archive as a medium size backup say (12 x 8) it will meet my requirements the item has yet to arrive and be assesed and when that is done I will report to you all my thoughts on it’s capabilities.