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Film Scanners
Turn your 35mm film images into digital assets
(March 20, 2001)

Photography is turning filmless for a variety of reasons -- No film chemistry required, faster turnaround, improved feedback while taking pictures and easier transmission. But what if you already have 35mm negatives or slides taken years or decades ago?

To turn your 35mm media into a digital format, you will need a 35mm scanner. While some consumer flatbed scanners have attachments that can perform this function, most of these scanners have been created to handle larger documents like letters or faxes. They also tend to have optical resolutions in the 300-600 dpi range, which is generally not high enough to adequately handle the tiny image found on 35mm film (a little over a square inch). 35mm film scanners have resolutions that range from 300 dpi to over 4,000 dpi and include software that can specifically handle negative images and differences in film types.

Here are some models from the following manufacturers:

Acer
Tamarack


Cool new scanner
Acer's newest hardware boasts Digital ICE


Inexpensive film scanning
Tamarack peripheral turns your 35mm slides into digital assets

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