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I have decided to buy a film camera, a Minolta srt-201 that can use my old collection of Minolta lenses. I want to try shooting film again after a long hiatus, and like the idea of a fully manual camera to practice on..

I'm wondering the best way to digitize my images. I know from experience that the Ritz Photo nearby can develop the film (I'll shoot negatives and transparencies) straight onto a cd-rom. Or I guess I can just have them print photos for me, then scan in the prints that I like on my office scanner. Also, if I shoot something and want a larger print, I guess I have the option of getting a "traditional" print made from the negatives, or sending the digital file to snapfish or some similar place to be printed from the digital file. The advantage of that, I guess, is that I can do some pp first before printing. Can anyone tell me what would get me the best results? Is there an option I'm not thinking of? Thanks!..

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Irprof wrote:.

I have decided to buy a film camera, a Minolta srt-201 that can usemy old collection of Minolta lenses. I want to try shooting filmagain after a long hiatus, and like the idea of a fully manual camerato practice on..

I'm wondering the best way to digitize my images..

The best way? Send the film to a lab with a "drum scanner". Can you afford it though?.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_scanner.

Next down the list is a dedicated film scanner, like the Nikon Coolscan 5000. Although the CS5000 costs about $1000, there are lesser film scanners, all the way down to $100. Quality is proportional to price..

Next, you can buy (or make) adapters that fit your camera. These allow you to simply photograph slides and negatives. The better your camera, the better the results..

Finally, the absolute worst way is to use a flatbed scanner, designed for paper..

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Irprof wrote:.

I have decided to buy a film camera, a Minolta srt-201 that can usemy old collection of Minolta lenses. I want to try shooting filmagain after a long hiatus, and like the idea of a fully manual camerato practice on..

Seems to me that the Sony DSLRs will use your old lenses, you might want to check over on that forum. And of course you can shoot in M mode and they will have to be manually focused. Just another way to get your shots digitized..

I'm wondering the best way to digitize my images. I know fromexperience that the Ritz Photo nearby can develop the film (I'llshoot negatives and transparencies) straight onto a cd-rom..

I've never used Ritz, but typically the digitization is horrid in that process, doesn't hurt to try it once though..

Or Iguess I can just have them print photos for me, then scan in theprints that I like on my office scanner..

This two step process also will also likely get you horrid digital files with bad color and noise in all the wrong places. Again doesn't hurt to try it just to satisfy yourself that it doesn't work..

Also, if I shoot somethingand want a larger print, I guess I have the option of getting a"traditional" print made from the negatives, or sending the digitalfile to snapfish or some similar place to be printed from the digitalfile. The advantage of that, I guess, is that I can do some pp firstbefore printing. Can anyone tell me what would get me the bestresults? Is there an option I'm not thinking of? Thanks!.

Best results are usually gotten if you scan the negatives (or slides) yourself..

Nikon Coolscan V or Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV are good choices but expect to pay ~ $500. Thus the investment in a DSLR body might be a better choice..

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Thanks for the advice. I actually have been shooting with a Nikon dslr for a while now...for a variety of reasons I went with a Nikon, despite having some older Minolta lenses (all primes, all old "MD" lenses). But I miss film and want to play around with it a little...

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I've been doing photography since 1950. Even had my own darkroom. Don't miss film a bit. But I know the feeling having run across my old Canon FTb at the back of the closet the other day..

You could always set the Nikon to M. Turn off Autofocus. Turn off Review. Take pictures. Remove memory card and set aside for a week. Then put it in the computer and see what you've got ";^)A member of the rabble in good standing..

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LM2 wrote:.

I've been doing photography since 1950. Even had my own darkroom.Don't miss film a bit. But I know the feeling having run across myold Canon FTb at the back of the closet the other day.You could always set the Nikon to M. Turn off Autofocus. Turn offReview. Take pictures.



One of the best suggestions in a long while. .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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