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| p.1 #10 · New to Scanning - Need Advice |
I did over 900 slides recently and am awaiting 4,000 negatives. I scanned some at home with an Epson, but decided to go to scancafe for convenience. They only scan negative strips not individuals. They allow you to reject 20%. Each scan costs .27.
My slides I did domestically. It is more expensive and quicker. The slides were my dad's slides and I felt a little queezy sending them to India. The quality was okay. The exposure and color was close. However, I felt I had to send each keeper through photoshop. The gamma was off. The shadow and highlights needed work and it is quicker and easier in photoshop for me. Lightroom was okay, but photoshop better.
Some of the sliders were over 70 years old. They held up well. Colors muted but not shifted. The newer slides were colorful. There was issues with underexposed slides and grain.
For snapshots and web pages, wallpaper, screensavers, the quality was fine. For the rare treasure, I still have the negatives and will send quite a bit of time to restore.
The negatives-- I sent them to India on October 3. I can view the preliminary results, good enough for web, but I am awaiting the disks still. They put one person in charge of each order. The more you send the longer it is. I think the Christmas crunch on scans and freight might have made it slower.
Other hint, when I started I used a light table and loop and also a quicky scanner. It costs 70 dollars or so. It would scan quicker just to speed up the selection process with the negatives.
Highest quality, longest time, do it yourself. For my hundreds of hours and starting and stopping the project bothered me. YMMV