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I've got a few thousand negatives and slides I'd like to digitise. Can anyone recommend some kit to achieve that with as much quality as possible and hopefully, automated?

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A photography shop in your area that scans negatives and slides and puts them on disk for you.

Scanning thousands of slides and negatives and the word automated really don't belong in the same sentence.
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A photography shop in your area that scans negatives and slides and puts them on disk for you.

Scanning thousands of slides and negatives and the word automated really don't belong in the same sentence.
Thousands at a local shop?

Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto gets $1.50 per neg or slide up to 100, discounts all the way to $1.00 over 100.

North Coast in San Diego area gets $2.25 for a roughly 16MP scan. Roughly 6MP costs $.65 each.

At these prices one could buy a very good dedicated film scanner and save money.

Of course, there is the India option.
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Yeah s shop is not an option. I've found a couple of negative scanners, going to see if any of them are good enough.
Given that it's a 35mm negative, what's the best resolution to be scanning at?
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Get a macro lens (you need/want that anyway). See Scanning thousands of slides? Try a digital camera

The ES-1 is not required (but it is convenient). It only works with short macro lenses anyway, but for any 1:1 lens, it should be easy to kludge some (conveniently loaded) slide holder at the right distance in front of the macro lens, with a diffused flash behind it. Or second choice, an illuminated white background behind it. Elegance and long life of that fixture seems unnecessary, you will only do this once.
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Yeah s shop is not an option. I've found a couple of negative scanners, going to see if any of them are good enough.
Given that it's a 35mm negative, what's the best resolution to be scanning at?
You might be able to pick up a used Nikon Coolscan V neg/slide scanner. It has a resolution of 4000 dpi optical. So a 35mm slide or negative results in a 4000 x 6000 = 24 megapixel image which will give you excellent print quality at 13 x 20" or even higher.
I used one to scan 15000 negs and slides. You can scan a stirp of 4 or 6 negatives automatically but slides need to be done one at a time unless you buy a fancy expensive auto feeder attachment for it.
I do not recomend using a DSLR to photograph the media - it won't be anywhere near as good a quality.

Minolta also made some good film / neg scanners in it's Dimage line.
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I do not recomend using a DSLR to photograph the media - it won't be anywhere near as good a quality.
? If you have a good DSLR and good macro lens, the picture can be as good as the slide. Much better sensor quality today, and the scanner does not have anything to compare to the macro lenses... which are as good as it gets, as yet. 12 megapixels can be equivalent of a 3000 dpi scan. Just done all at once in a click, instead of a motor creeping across the film, and reconstructed.

My notion is that the day of film scanners is past. Most are not made anymore. The Nikon V was a good one, but all of them were extremely slow at best.
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I have an Epson V500 Photo Scanner. Does a pretty good job with negs and slides. The holder holds a half a dozen at a time for scanning. Back in film days there was an attachment that screwed on the front of your lens. You dropped a slide in it and took the shot. Nowadays if you had this you would be able to see the final instantly. Dont know where you can get them now. Since a lot of people are still transitioning from film to digital you would think the slide copier would be more readily available.
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Or you could get an older Epson scanner. I have the Epson Perfection 2450 Photo that I got really cheap on ebay. Just make sure it comes with the negative holders. The unit does 35mm, 2 1/4 and 4x5 negatives and transparencies.
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I would be happy to use my digital camera if I had an attachment to hold the negatives. Although I'm not sure how you convert them from photo negatives, to photo positives.
I'll keep looking for lens attachments.


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