Digital film scanners convert film negative strips into digital images, allowing you to save your film photographs as digital images and store them on your computer or a storage device, such as a CD or DVD. Two types of film scanners exist: dedicated scanners that use masking plates to feed film into the scanner and multipurpose flatbed scanners that can also scan flat photographs or documents. The most common film size supported is 35mm, although some scanners also support 120 or medium-format films.
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Epson Perfection V500
The Epson Perfection V500 is a flatbed scanner that can scan up to 6400 dpi, which is a required format for prints. This printer can scan prints, slides, negatives and transparencies. It scans one frame of 120 films at a time, and also features Digital ICE that allows it to digitally locate and remove dust or scratches while scanning the film. The scanner connects to the computer via a USB-port, but drivers exist only for Windows operating systems.
Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED
The Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED is a dedicated film scanner. A bit higher in price than regular scanners, this device is designed for dedicated photographers. The scanner comes with a selection of film holders, including a regular 35mm film holder, a holder for mounted slides and a medium format (120/220 strip) film holder. If you purchase additional film holders, it can handle special scans, such as 16mm film, 35mm panoramic images and electron microscope films. NikonScan and NikonView software are included in the package and allow you to send commands to the scanner and view and edit the scanned files. This scanner has a 4000 dpi optical resolution and also includes the Digital ICE Advanced feature to detect and remove dust from images.
ArtixScan M1 Pro
The Microtek ArtixScan M1 Pro is a multipurpose flatbed scanner that scans reflective or transparent paper, films and slides at resolutions up to 4800 dpi. The package includes two software packages as well as two sets of four film holders, which accommodate 35mm film and slides and medium-format film (120/200).
The Epson 4990 is a flatbed scanner that scans both film and documents. This scanner is suited for medium-format film scans such as the 120 film and supports negatives of up to 6cm by 12cm. The Digital ICE feature is included in the Epson 4990 to detect and remove dust particles from images while scanning.
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