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Good low-priced Film and Slide Scanner
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.
Sample Scans from SlidesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sample Scans from Black and White NegativesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.