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Denis asked:
>Me too.  Can one get a scanner that will digitize both 35mm negatives and
>35mm slides (positives)?

AFAIK, all film scanners will do both, since the difference is in the
software and not the scanner.

>And what kind of price range?

Low end can be as little as ~$300, but that only gets you  around 1700dpi
and a relatively small dynamic range (<3.0). Good consumer/pro-sumer
quality is $500 - $800. This generally gets you upward of 2700dpi and a
dynamic range of > 3.7. Multi-format capability, like 120/220, starts to
enter in this range. Not sure about 620 or 4x5 sheet film. High end is in
the $1400 range. Then of course are the professional versions and the
$50,000 drum scanners that do 8x10 sheets. Helpful if you're putting your
pictures on a billboard.

My Epson 3170 flatbed has a slide adapter and can do 3200x1600 dpi
optically. Good enough for web/computer screen slide shows or small prints,
but too low a resolution for good quality 11x14 or 16x20 prints*. (Of
course neither is my printer, but that's a different discussion.) When I
get around to buying a film scanner, it will likely be a Minolta Dimage II
or possibly the new Nikon sub-$800 model.

As always, what you need depends on what you want to do with your images.

* On a flatbed, it's resolution is spread out over the entire surface of
the bed, putting comparatively few of those pixels (dots) under the 36x24mm
image size of 35mm film. A dedicated film scanner otoh puts all those dpi
into the slide image.

-marc


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