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| p.1 #4 · Negative scanning services |
$220 per scan is for a high end drum scan, not a cheap automated lab scan. I've often charged that much and more for 16 bit per channel 8000 ppi scans from 6x7 cm, which is a file size of around 2.7 gigs. They also take about forty minutes to scan and sometimes at least that long to clean up, particularly if it's old film with dirt embedded in the emulsion. In addition, the larger the format, the fewer pieces of film fit on a given drum and the higher the degree of difficulty in correctly mounting the film. 8x10 is an order of magnitude more difficult to mount than 4x5, and so on down the line. And drum scanners are expensive to buy, much more expensive to fix and come with a built in learning curve that borders on very steep. And on top of all that, the actual hardware, software and operator make perhaps the biggest difference.