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black and white negatives

by arahour / January 5, 2006 6:57 AM PST

I have several hundred black and white negatives which I need to scan and eventually put on a CD.
These date from the 1930s to the 1970s from 35mm to 4 x 5 inch.
I need recomendations for a scanner and appropriate software to adjust the image.
Eventually I will need appropriate software to write to a CD.
Your help will be appreciated.
I have Windows XP with over 200 GB of storage.
Thank you.

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Maybe, its cheaper if you
by Melati Hitam / January 21, 2006 6:43 PM PST

go to a pro shop, many photo services can do what you need.

It will certainly save you a lot of time.

As for scanner, google it for the review on major brand scanner (HP, Canon, Umax, etc.)

Also there are many Software to write a cd.. (i.e. Nero, Roxio etc.)

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Maybe cheaper?
by taboma / March 2, 2006 2:52 PM PST

Good info from Melati Hitam.
A good inexpensive scanner will cost about $150.
Software costs vary. If you want to adjust and correct for lousy shots or scratches on the negs than a good sofware program will help you.
I use Adobe Photoshop. Not cheap.
If you do not care about quality take a look at Wal Mart and have the negs processed by them. Mark the ones you want prints of.

One interesting approach is to scan them and use a software program like H.P. The software will change it to a positive image for viewing. Save the ones you like and burn the images to a CD or DVD disk.
Print those on your own printer or using Wall Mart or Wallgreen's SNAPSHISH. Go to
Check out their prices.
Hope this info helps you.


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