Good low-priced Film and Slide Scanner

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4 stars for Innovative Technology Film and Slide Scanner ITNS-300

With all things digital, who hasn't wondered what to do with old film negatives and slides? Most of us have boxes of slides and negatives dating back generations.

Using a film and slide scanner, these images can be recovered and converted easily into digital format.

Once they are safely filed and saved on computer they can be edited, repaired and restored using basic photo editing tools.

ITNS - 300

This little unit comes complete with USB cable, CD-ROM, Negative Film Holder, Slide Film Holder, Cleaning Brush, Quick Installation Guide and an easy to follow User Manual.

It is easy to use, just plug in and start scanning. The scanner shows up in the PC 'Device Menu' for easy access.

A slide or film strip is placed in the appropriate tray and then inserted into a slot at the bottom of the scanner. Then, with just a press of a button on the top of the unit, the scanned image appears on the screen with options on where to save it.

This screen shot shows the scanner screen. In this mode the slide can be adjusted. Here I've rotated the image before saving it.
This screen shot shows the scanner screen. In this mode the slide can be adjusted. Here I've rotated the image before saving it.

Sample Scans from Slides

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Quebec City Skyline 1966Family Photo - JD Burroughs circa 1966Daisy Garden 1973
Quebec City Skyline 1966
Quebec City Skyline 1966 | Source
Family Photo - JD Burroughs circa 1966
Family Photo - JD Burroughs circa 1966 | Source
Daisy Garden 1973
Daisy Garden 1973 | Source

Sample Scans from Black and White Negatives

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Bongo and Cecilea circa 1974Pine Meadow -  Cape Scott Trail circa 1974Cubicle curtain University of British Columbia circa 1973
Bongo and Cecilea circa 1974
Bongo and Cecilea circa 1974 | Source
Pine Meadow -  Cape Scott Trail circa 1974
Pine Meadow - Cape Scott Trail circa 1974 | Source
Cubicle curtain University of British Columbia circa 1973
Cubicle curtain University of British Columbia circa 1973 | Source

Bottom line

The Innovative Technology ITNS - 300 is a good tool for scanning slides and negatives, and I would recommend it to anyone, but it does have a few drawbacks.

  • it does not scan odd-sized negatives or slides, only the standard 35mm
  • it is compatible with PC only

For these reasons I've given it a 4 star rating instead of 5. But I would like to add that the company does stand behind its product. When I emailed a query, I had a response within days from company headquarters in New York, and I'm thinking this would have been quicker had Hurricane Sandy not intervened.

How to get the Best Quality Prints using a Slide and Negative Scanner

When all is said and done the print you get using a slide and negative scanner will be only as good as the slide or negative you start with.

Original slides and negatives must be clean and free of dust. If not, every speck will show up on the scanned photo.

For light dust a fine soft brush or a puffer brush can be used for cleaning if done very carefully to avoid scratching the slide or negative.

More permanent marks can be removed with photo editing using the clone or smudge tools depending on what program you have.

Restoring damaged slides or negatives is an art in itself, requiring a good eye and lots of patience. The secret to any photo editing is to save a copy of the original, and work on a copy, saving as you go. If the process doesn't work out you can always go back to the original and start over.

Higher priced and better quality slide and negative scanners will usually have a dust removal option built in, but these could degrade the image quality somewhat.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

hello snakeslane. just as a general rule I am anti-digital. then on the other hand, I would have never seen your photographs. that is a strong arguement for digital. the next step is to compile a book of your photographs and email it off and have it printed. so you hub adresses the first step in saving these historical photos


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you mckbbks, we are living in a digital world. I just had this conversation with a business woman in town here who had to take a $250,000 (maybe it was 200,000 she said) photo processing lab to the garbage dump because there is no longer any demand for photo processing. A book of photos? What a great idea. I would never have thought of that lol.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for the info and the tips.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Martin, Good to see you, thank you!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

You must know by now that i am technology illiterate, but i have some old photos that mean the world to me and i would love to enhance them. Thank you for the info..Cheers..


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi always, I understand the tech challenges, but these things are meant to make our lives easier...I am just stubborn enough to give it a try. So far so good! I was pleased to find something affordable to play with while I learn the basics. It is so exciting to see the old pictures come back to life!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Such an interesting hub and so useful!!!Thank you for sharing ;I vote up and share.

Eddy.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Eddy!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This sounds like an effective way to save old negatives and slides. I have envelopes and boxes of them too. At one point I had one of those slide carousels that advanced the slides and projected them on the wall. Hahaha old technology. Your photos and explanations are great and the price of the scanner seems reasonable for saving these precious memories.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Peg, I just put together a family slide show with the old projector and screen. I was relieved the bulb didn't burn out (the original bulb from 40 years ago) because they cost about 60 bucks to replace. Had to go through boxes and boxes of slides to get just one 'tray' for the show. But it was fun and everybody enjoyed looking at the long lost images. Our family trip to Disneyland (California) in 1962! Gosh where did the time go lol sob sob.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

To bring old memories back to life is remarkable.Since it is affordable and even get the chance to make the pictures better.Great hub.Now I have to pull out those negatives under my bed in envelopes stored for years.Your a great help.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Dream On, Thank you. It really is exciting. I hope you find some gems in the old negatives.

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