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Is there a film scanner for 120 (6 x 6) negatives?

by Russell9999 / September 3, 2011 3:29 PM PDT

I do not need one for professional use but good quality preferred

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Clarification Request
You mean the old Brownie format??
by Steven Haninger / September 4, 2011 12:39 AM PDT

and are you looking for a dedicated film type or a flatbed with the proper adapter. My Epson flatbed will do that size and I know Nikon makes dedicated film scanners that will do that format.

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Film scanner
by Russell9999 / September 4, 2011 9:19 AM PDT

Hi Steve. Old Yashica in my case but about the Brownie era! I have about 1500 negatives to scan and have a flatbed scanner in my multi-function printer which is good enough for my otherwise scanning needs. Film strip printer preferred as I don't want to spend the time cutting the negatives into individual negs unless necessary. Good to have one to also scan 35mm mounted slides. I can see that there are plenty of 35mm only scanners on the internet but the only info on 120 also is about 5 years old. Don't need the scanner after I've scanned all my photos.

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This would probably do it
by Steven Haninger / September 4, 2011 7:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Film scanner

Notice no price listed. You probably don't want to know.

I had a slide/film adapter in my older HP flatbed but the results were disappointing. I currently have an Epson V600 which is far and above a better film and slide scanner. It's a very labor intensive process as I found when scanning the slides from about a dozen Kodak Carousel projector cartridges and a ton of 35mm negatives. I was pleased with the results but worn out. My scanner has an adapter that looks like it would hold 4 120 frames. One nice thing about this one is that it will find and create a file for each frame and I can view and make minor corrections before scanning. It also has what's called "digital ICE" technology which is can remove a lot of the dust missed by one's cleaning methods but this does add scanning time. You want to do this while you've other activities and not just sit in front of the PC.

In any event, I don't envy the task facing you. You might want to see what it would cost to have it done professionally rather than invest in hardware that might cost more than farming out the work. Good luck.
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by Russell9999 / September 5, 2011 10:54 AM PDT

Thanks Steven, for your time and response.

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