There are plenty of flatbed scanners that can scan all sizes of negs using a variety or forms or add-ons. Epson makes several low cost ones that do a fair job as does HP. Microtek also. You can spend more but it depends on the quality you want. For the best quality, take it a pro with a drum scanner. you won't be able to beat that with anything else. I have a SCSI based Microtek that I have trays to scan ANYTHING and it does a fair job. I also us Lasersoft Silverfast scanning software. You can't beat that either!
What I do, after a lot of experimenting, is to place them on a light-box (6,000 Kelvin light), carefully masked to you see only the neg, then use my digital camera a to photograph the neg.
It took a lot of experimenting to get the camera settings right, and then I use the computer to fine tune the picture.
There are a lot of commercial firms that can do this job as well, but I found that this works best for me.
On 24-Aug-2011 3:52 PM, negativecollector wrote:
I cannot figure out the best way to scan my 4x5 negs....No problen with slides but I have an extensive number of larger negs and need to copy for the computer.
I am just getting back into this and my films have been stored for 35+ years and things have changed...Help!