A Special Film Friday Guest Post by Mark Toal
A few years ago I read about a great, inexpensive film scanner in Shutterbug magazine. Keep in mind that film scanners can cost thousands of dollars so $500 is a bargain for a good scanner. I have the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i, which has been replaced by the OpticFilm 8200i, which sells for around $400. I purchased mine with the Silverfast scanning software mainly because I used the software in the past and scanning software can be a little tricky to learn.
The 7600i and 8200i only scan 35mm negatives and slides, color or black and white. Once I got mine set up and took the online lessons on using the software I was able to scan images quickly and easily. Any imperfections that you see in the images are from my poor processing skills many years ago, not the scanner.
I’ve tried flatbed scanners and find that they don’t seem to do as good a job on 35mm negatives as a dedicated film scanner. If you have a lot of negatives in the closet it’s time to get them out. When I see my old images pop up on the monitor it always pus a smile on my face.
Mark Toal is a training representative for Panasonic in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more Mark’s photos at www.marktoalphotography.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org