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Film & Print Scanning


Published rate-sheet to be announced...

In the meantime, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-488-1212 (Toll Free) or 864-332-6707 to obtain a quotation for your specific needs.

We can scan prints at resolutions up to 600dpi up to 8.5" x 14" with 24-bit color.

We can scan film and slides at resolutions up to 4000dpi and dimensions up to 6cm x 9cm (60mm x 90mm).  This includes 35mm slides and negative film strips (maximum of 6 photos/strip), 120/220 'Brownie' mounted slides and unmounted film, and medium-formats of 6cm x 4.5cm, 6cm x 6cm, 6cm x 7cm or 6cm x 9cm.  We can also scan in-between sizes so long as they are no larger than 6cm x 9cm.

Our film (or 'transparency') scanner, a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000ED (a.k.a. LS-8000) is a full-featured professional-grade medium-format film and slide scanner with the following specs:

  • 600 - 4,000dpi.

  • Maximum Scan Area of 6cm x 9cm (approx 2-3/8" x 3-1/2").

  • 42-bit color depth. (selectable 8-bit/channel or 14-bit/channel)

  • Full Digital ICE3 ("ice-cubed")

    • Digital ROC - Color and Contrast Correction and Enhancement - including restoration of faded photos - even in extreme cases where an entire RGB color may seem to be missing from the photo!

    • Digital GEM - Grain Reduction to reduce the appearance of film grain when scanning at high resolutions (particularly in excess of 2000dpi).

    • Digital ICE - Dust and Scratch Removal for all C-41 color and black-and-white photos.  (Not available for older Kodachrome and Silver-halide-based black-and-white film)

  • An impressive Dynamic Range of 4.2

  • Supports Oversampling (for reduced image noise) from 2x to 16x (optional).

  • 35mm File Sizes of up to 120MB, Medium-Format File Sizes of up to 790MB.

  • See the full Nikon Super Coolscan 8000ED specs at:

  • Curled film is not a problem in most cases.

  • Even film that appears visually to be in terrible shape and beyond hope can usually still yield acceptable to spectacular results! (The Birthday photo in our home-page collage looked pure-red in the original slide -- that is both the blue and green channels had deteriorated to the point they could not be discerned by the human-eye, but the scanner still reconstructed the photo to yield near-original color!)

Our print (or 'reflective') scanner is an HP ScanJet 4c with an 8.5" x 14" scan bed and a 600dpi optical resolution with 24-bit color output.

Digitized photos can be shipped to you by means of CD-ROM or DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW or DVD+RW.  Email delivery is generally not an option as the typical file sizes tend to be prohibitively large.  Depending on the film's dimensions, resolution, bit-depth and file-format, digitized image files generally run in the 10s to 100s of Megabytes.  You can scale these images to smaller dimensions and/or higher-compression settings using any general-purpose consumer-grade bitmap/photo editor software package.  We provide images to you as either very high-quality JPEG images or as uncompressed (and equally huge) TIFF images.

We suggest scanning most photos at between 1,000dpi and 2,000dpi.  When you are paying for professional photo scanning it is advisable to opt for relatively large, high-quality (minimally compressed) images.  You can then manipulate them to fit any current or future need, enhance them, modify them, print them, etc, with minimal loss of quality.  Smaller and/or more heavily compressed images do not offer this sort of versatility.

Printing Characteristics of  35mm Slide or Negative
 at Various DPI Resolutions
DPI Dimensions
Print Dimensions at 200 dpi Print Dimensions at 300 dpi
1000 1375x1000 pixels 7" x 5" 4.5" x 3"
2000 2750x2000 pixels 13" x 10" 9" x 6.5"
3000 4125x3000 pixels 20" x 15" 14" x 10"
4000 5600x4000 pixels 28" x 20" 19" x 13"

When scanning film we recommend that Digital ROC (Color and Contrast Enhancement/Correction) be enabled when scanning positives (e.g. slides) and require it be enabled when scanning negatives (due to the need to correct for the negative film's base color -- that orangish/reddish-brown color you see between frames -- which varies from brand-to-brand).


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