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old negatives (not 35mm) - what film was it ? Best scan method ?
I have some old family negatives from the 1950's=60's...both B&W and color.

They are not 35mm - the size of each negative picture is 1.6"x1.6".

My goal is to scan these negatives to jpeg format if possible..

Questions:.

1) What film was this - some of the scanning software asks..

2) What suggestions for scanner or scanner software. ? .

I presently have 2 different scanners :.

1) one is a Epson "epson perfection 3590 photo" scanner, which will only do 35mm negatives - these negatives I have will not fit..

2) The other is "Primefilm 1800u" which is specific for negatives, but this one also appears to only handle 35mm negatives..

Any suggestions, advice and help is appreciated..

LT..

Comments (10)

Without getting wickedly expensive, you need a flatbed scanner. I'd recommend one that can handle medium format film, for quality reasons though I'm thinking your negs may be the old 126 format..

Without endorsing one type of scanner over the other, you can try something like the Canon 8800F, Epson Perfection 4990, etc. etc. Those two are in the $200 ball park..

Your local big box store may have some. I'd check reviews though. There are options with varying prices..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #1

HikerLT wrote:.

I have some old family negatives from the 1950's=60's...both B&W andcolor.

They are not 35mm - the size of each negative picture is 1.6"x1.6".

My goal is to scan these negatives to jpeg format if possible..

Questions:.

1) What film was this - some of the scanning software asks..

127 roll film, which is 4x4 cm to be exact..

2) What suggestions for scanner or scanner software. ? .

I presently have 2 different scanners :.

1) one is a Epson "epson perfection 3590 photo" scanner, whichwill only do 35mm negatives - these negatives I have will not fit..

I don't know anything about that particular scanner but mine, an Epson 2450, will handle any size if I use the software in advanced mode. Definitely worth checking your software again...

Comment #2

Right. It sounds like 127 film, used in the old Kodak 'Brownie'..

BTW, my Epson scanner came with a mask for 2 1/4x 2 1/4 as well as 35mm. Check and see if you have that one, because you may be able to make a 'mask' for the mask. It just need to conceal the light that would leak through around the edges of the 4x4 mm negs..

-WSR (Bill)..

Comment #3

That film did 4x4 cm negatives..

What this takes is a flatbed scanner which has a back for slightly larger negatives like the 6x6 cm type..

Unless you want to make very large prints you might be able to find second hand scanners from either Epson or HP which cater for the larger size negatives...

Comment #4

That's right. I mistyped mm when I meant cm. Still, I think the 2 1/4 mask might work if adapted..

-WSR (Bill)..

Comment #5

WSR ( Bill),.

What model Epson scanner do you have..

I have the 3590 photo scanner, but whenever I select the film option, it's defaults to looking for 35mm film fed thru the top cover feeder...

Thanks to all for the advice on this......

Comment #6

I have a 3200 Photo flatbed that came with negative and transparency holders (masks). It's not a feeder type scanner. Don't know how that sort of rig deals with your situation. I will try to send a photo of what I'm talking about a bit later. Can't do it right now..

-WSR (Bill)..

Comment #7

HikerLT wrote:.

I have the 3590 photo scanner, but whenever I select the film option,it's defaults to looking for 35mm film fed thru the top cover feeder...

I looked at the spec for the 3590, you're right it only handles 35 mm. The 4490 takes medium format film so it should be possible to make a suitable mask for 127 - I think that would be the cheapest option...

Comment #8

LT,.

Here is the shot of the scanner with the masks (frames). I'm showing the 2x2 slide frame on the bed, with some sheets of paper behind so that the openings are more visible. I think you could make a mask out of construction paper to chop down the size to fit your negatives. In the foreground are the frames for 35mm slides and sizes that you would get from sheet film..

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I like the flat bed better than the feed type. It seems to me to be more versatile..

-WSR (Bill)..

Comment #9

That looks very similar to mine (2450, a fairly old model now) - and most of the Epson mid-range scanners I suspect. The OP was unlucky to have one that doesn't work that way..

Wrosenthal wrote:.

LT,.

Here is the shot of the scanner with the masks (frames). I'm showingthe 2x2 slide frame on the bed, with some sheets of paper behind sothat the openings are more visible. I think you could make a mask outof construction paper to chop down the size to fit your negatives. Inthe foreground are the frames for 35mm slides and sizes that youwould get from sheet film..

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

I like the flat bed better than the feed type. It seems to me to bemore versatile..

-WSR (Bill)..

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