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This review is from: Wolverine F2D14 14 MP 35mm Slides and Negatives to Digital Image Converter (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Camera)
This product is what you've been waiting for if you have lots of slides and negatives to digitize, and have been putting it off due to the slow speed of a flatbed scanner (as I did .. for 10+ years!).
It doesn't have the resolution of a flatbed or other film type scanner (although it rivals them), and isn't the choice for a pro photographer, but as an advanced amateur with darkroom & scanner experience I find the color balance, quality, and resolution to be more than adequate for a good 8x10 print from a partial 35mm frame. The speed blows away other methods and the color and quality is better than other products of this type that I have tried (and were unacceptable). NO color noise like some others.
The only things lacking are digital ICE or something of the sort, and EXIF info when changing the scan EV. Dust and scratches need to be corrected in photo software, as does a bit of color correction when using old or odd film stock. But IMO the amount of time & effort the touch-up takes is minor enough to still put you ahead of the time (and money) involved if you were to use a flatbed or film scanner. There is EXIF info in the jpg produced, but it doesn't reflect the EV used when scanning (always shows 0.0 EV) and it would have been nice to have a comment that at least said it is a scan from film .. but not a deal-breaker for me.
I scanned 500 negative frames in two evening sittings! When I finish my negatives, it's on to the slides and the relatives' shoe boxes full.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2011 12:17:43 AM PST
Craig J says:
Curious if this is a newly released model? I was looking at the blue f2d300 and just noticed it was unavailable and this model seems pretty new. The blue one had alot of reviews with a high rating which made me feel good about it....but this only has your review.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 7:04:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2011 7:06:25 AM PST
Yes, I think this was only just released around the end of November. The Wolverine web site lists it as 'new' and my unit has a very low serial number as well (..00004).
Posted on Sep 26, 2012 11:10:10 PM PDT
K. Wirsch says:
I agree, lack of EXIF support is a bit of a bummer. Worse than the lack of EXIF info for EV compensation, the software actually reencodes images as you rotate them in playback mode. Ideally it would just set the EXIF tag "Orientation" like most software does nowadays.
Posted on May 22, 2013 9:50:13 AM PDT
Sorry, I don't know the acronyms: ICE, EXIF, EV. I'm just a regular person and not experienced in using this type of product. But I want to copy my slides!
In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 8:12:27 AM PDT
K. Wirsch says:
From my experience (2000+) negatives and slides scanned so far, this is one of the most pain free methods to preserve old negatives and slides. My advice: Do only the "flip" type image corrections and the color correction if needed on the scanner. Everything else (like 90 degree rotation) was better left for a quick adjustment on the computer. Especially when I thought exposure looked to bright or dark on the screen and tried to compensate, I found the default setting looked better on the computer and could be fixed there easily with highlight or shadow correction in a few cases.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2013 10:16:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2013 10:26:17 AM PDT
SoobyB- Yeah.. photo techie stuff!
This unit should make you happy. The only thing better at the moment (imo) is the new Wolverine F2D20 20MP 35mm to Digital Converter, but not by all that much (they fixed the Exif EV issue on the F2D20). Either one should get the job done for you about as fast and cheaply as possible. The only quality doubts I ever had about either unit actually turned out to be my slide and/or negative quality. I've scanned about 2000 frames by now myself and I'm a happy camper.
I also agree with K. Wirsch's advice about corrections.
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