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Initial post: Dec 7, 2011 10:35:49 AM PST
Is there a device that allows you to copy your negatives and turn them into digital pictures on your computer or other machine?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 10:39:23 AM PST
Neo Lee says:
Yes. Link:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 10:50:28 AM PST
EdM says:
There are any number of scanners that can scan negatives, as Neo says.

After that, there are software programs that can change the negatives to positives in your computer. For B/W, it can be very easy, but for color negatives [and slides if you scan them also] things can be much more complicated due to color fading over the years. Some/many scanners can also invert from negative to positive with the included software, but there is normally more flexibility using a separate photo-editing program.

I use Twain and Photoshop personally, but there are many ways to do so at less cost, depending on your needs. Some scanners include a copy of Photoshop Elements as scanner software to do Twain scanning ...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 12:33:44 PM PST
thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 12:36:38 PM PST
thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 1:10:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011 1:33:40 PM PST
® says:
I use the slow HP Scanjet G4050 Photo Scanner (L1957A#B1H). Most scanners when they say it can scan negitives will turn it into a digital image (colors). These scanners usually have a light at the bottom and a transparent glass at the top (remove white piece, thermight be another light source there), plus a negative tray holder.

Typically how scanner scans negative is it pushes light on one side to the sensor/scanner on the other side. A cheap flatbed scanner just have a white to reflect and the scanner and light on the same side, which isn't ideal. You can't get very good result even if you PS it.

Multiprinters (MP) only have the light scanning at the bottom only so they can't do it. The highest end canon mp does have negative scanning ability, not sure for epson. They can scan the negative, but it look like the negative dark brown only. There are negative slide scanner only too.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 10:00:20 PM PST
JCUKNZ says:
Depending on how many you have to copy and what you want to use them for, what IQ is desired, you can simply copy them with your camera if it is capable of getting close enough to do this. The main things to watch is for a plain diffused background behind the negative and that there is minimal light on the side of the negative facing the camera and that side of the negative is not reflecting an image of the camera back at the camera, I have a soft 'north light' behind the negs. Working this way you need an editing programme capable of reversing the polarity of a file and other tweaking tools. A good machine/copying programme can be capable of cleaning up dust and other marks, otherwise you need to keep the negatives clean as one did in the darkroom with a little clean before using. I have a 35mm machine but have used my camera for MF and larger negatives of which I don't have many to copy. Innitially I got a little impatient with the programme which came with my machine and used its neg carrier in a MF copy stand I have built, but have returned to the machine now and getting the hang of it :-)

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 6:01:55 PM PST
L. nuccio says:
Before you spend a few hundred bucks on scanning equipment, ask yourself these questions:

1) How many scans do I have to do?
2) If I multiply the number of scans by 2-3 minutes each, how long will that take?

Then check out a scanning service like - scans in the U.S. and lets you delete as many scans as you need to without charging you for those. This way you can scan photos and especially negatives and slides risk-free, without having to go through them first.

Once you know how many you're scanning, figure out roughly how much it would cost for your order, and then divide that by the number of hours you'd take doing it yourself to figure out how much you'd be paying yourself to do it. (Don't forget to account for the cost of a scanner.)

You'll probably find that you're paying yourself around $4 an hour to spend your free time scanning. Maybe that's for you; but if it's not, consider a service. So many folks think they'll get around to it and don't, and their memories keep degrading with time.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2013 10:18:28 AM PST
S. Krishna says:
Thanks for this tip. When I googled 'scan negatives to digital' it only came up with scanners and printers. A service like gophoto did not pop up. It seems fairly straightforward and does not cost that much. I'll consider using them.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 11:13:58 AM PST
S. Owens says:
I see a device like this on sale now as an hourly special.
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