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I shoot a lot of nature/landscapes on 120 6x7 negative. Lately I've been wanting to have all worthy shots scanned, so as to start a web and dvd portfolio and for possible sale ie. smugmug or zenfolio..

My local lab charges $15 per scan @4000dpi. I see that there are several mail services that are much cheaper. So do any of these services have a particularly good or bad reputation? Any recommendations?.

Thanks..

Comments (9)

You might consider whether you want to send your originals across international borders..

If not, you might consider mentioning what country these originals happen to be in at the moment..

As for putting your pictures up on a web site; your final image will be no more than approx. 1500 pixels by 1000 pixels..

For a 645 transparency or negative, all you need is 1000 ppi resolution to be well over the minimum. (1000ppi x 2 inches = 2000 pixels wide, which is wider than almost any monitor..

For prints, lets assume a little cropping..

2 inch wide oriiginal, scanned at 2000ppi, yields a 4000 pixel wide image. Print this at 300 ppi, and your photo is 13 inches wide, and around 9 inches deep..

A good modern flatbed scanner can do all you need to make good scans to fit computer screens..

Once you sell an image, if the client wants a big print, go buy an expensive scan of just that original, and then make the print from that scan. Or, make a real photograph from the original, just using digital technology to create the on-screen images used for sales promotion..

If your selling 6x6 images, the same numbers apply..

For a 6x7 original, .. with a little cropping.

Short side 2 inches x 2000 pixels gives you 4000 pixels, for a 13 inch print on the short side..

BAK..

Comment #1

How many is 'a lot'? If 'a lot' is 50 then that'll cost you $750. For that you could get an excellent scanner and do it yourself..................

Comment #2

Don't some Epson (and probably other) flatbed scanner scan this size ? You could buy one for much less than 120*15$.

Sags wrote:.

I shoot a lot of nature/landscapes on 120 6x7 negative. Lately I'vebeen wanting to have all worthy shots scanned, so as to start a weband dvd portfolio and for possible sale ie. smugmug or zenfolio..

My local lab charges $15 per scan @4000dpi. I see that there areseveral mail services that are much cheaper. So do any of theseservices have a particularly good or bad reputation? Anyrecommendations?.

Thanks..

Comment #3

I think the '120' was a reference to the film format. But there a lot of either dedicated film scanners and flat bed scanners that will handle 6x7 negatives. And all for significantly less that paying $15 per scan...

Comment #4

I'd have to agree with the above poster. Back when I bought my Epson 3200 (a few years back obviously) one of the reasons was to play with scanning some medium format slides.'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #5

Tony Sx wrote:.

I think the '120' was a reference to the film format..

I should get more sleep.....

Comment #6

That's why I was wondering if some of these online places that only charge $6-8 are any good..

Your right though; the more I think about it the more it makes sense just to get a scanner. I could make sure it's done right, don't have to worry about lost or damaged film, plus if I ever quite shooting MF I could resell it and recoup some of the original cost..

So any recommendations on scanners -ideally <$700- I see a few old Minolta Multi Scan II scanners on ebay, and a Multi Pro going for twice as much, any experience with these?..

Comment #7

Oh, yes 120 is the film, right now I have about 35 images that I really want to digitize. But I will do many more if I purchase a scanner..

Also anyone know what scanner resolution would allow for say 11x14 prints @150-200dpi? Anything bigger I would just print straight from film...

Comment #8

All the Minolta and Nikon film scanners get good reviews from many users. You could try here for some decent reviews...http://www.photo-i.co.uk/Reviews/scanners_page.htmAnd Ebay or somesuch is a reasonable place to pick up a used or new scanner..

Note that today's flatbed scanners - especially the Epson V700 and V750 are just about as good as older dedicated film scanners and one benefit with a flatbed is that the negatives/slides do not move in the scanner and so have less chance of ever getting damaged. And you can use them to scan other things!.

Make sure that whatever scanner you buy has a holder for 6x7 negs and any other size negs you might want to scan.Just about any scanner will produce an image capable of being printed at 11x14.Just scan at as high a resolution as you have time for...

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