Negatives To Digital

convert film negatives and slides

What do you need?

First, what media (a fancy term for photos, slides, negatives etc) do you own that you want to convert to digital images?

Secondly, what do you want to do with the digital images?

Answering these questions will help you decide the best choice of scanner for you.

For example, if you have only old pictures to convert then a photo-only scanner is adequate and these machines are generally competitively priced.

Before you buy though, it’s worth checking with your friends and relatives to see if they’re interested in converting any old photos, negatives or slides they might have.

That way, everyone can chip in to buy the best all-round machine within the collective budget.

The device could even be sold later as well to lower the cost even further.

The machines we highlight here will suit most budgets but don’t let the price of a scanner be the only factor in your decision as to what machine to buy.

Consider some of the pointers listed below before you decide on a particular machine.

Stand-Alone ScannersFlatbed ScannersHP Scanners

datasnap image scanner

epson V600 perfection photo scanner

canon lide 700 canoscan photo scanner
Dedicated image scanners for slides, 35mm negatives and film usually without the need for a computer.Can scan larger photographic prints as well as slides, 35mm negatives and film through your computer.High Performance scanners for the professional who wants a high-quality finish in the end product.
Photo ScannersAll-In-One Viewers

Epson Perfection V30 Color Scanner


Epson WorkForce 845 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer

Medalight 35mm Film Slide and Negative Viewer
Economically priced photo only scanners for a wide size range of photographic prints.
Not for slides, negatives or film.
Includes printer function with printed photo only scanning.
Some devices are wireless and include fax function for home or business office use.
These inexpensive devices can be used to preview slides and negatives to let you decide which to scan and develop.

User guides and information

We have set up a number of quick guides on some of the best machines from basic converting slides, negatives and film to digital to photo only scanners.

Check out the reference tables above for a quick overview of what’s currently available at the best prices on Amazon.

Depending on what you are looking to do, you will want to consider different converters that are dedicated for your needs.

These guides will help you choose the right digital scanner that can handle all of the media types you need it for.

Most scanners do not print out digital images.
To  scan and print photos check out these models.

Spend your money wisely on the right scannerTwo filmstrips negatives of flowers isolated on white

Before you buy anything consider what it is that you want to do.

There are several factors you need to consider before you even think about buying any device.

Picking the right machine is not that difficult if you keep the following  factors in mind.

    • Simply copy old photographs, warts and all? Then the cheapest photo-only scanner might suit.
    • Or maybe perk up that old favorite snap that’s showing a bit wear and tear? Several of the stand-alone scanners can do that as well as the flatbeds scanners.
    • Turn 35mm film into shiny new pics? Flatbed and stand-alone scanners will be adequate for that job.
    • Print photographs from negatives and slides? You’ll need the right software and access to a printer for this job
    • Like a professional finish to your conversions? Review some of the HP scanners on offer here.

There is a good choice of devices available that will do any or all of these things for you.

Watch the video below – there are really useful tips and advice to be had from the comparison between two exceptionally popular and reliable scanners.

Both the Epson Perfection V600 and the Canon Canoscan 9000F scanners shown in the video are featured on this site.

Some other considerations for you

You might also want to consider the following questions before you commit to a purchase.

    • How many pics, slides, negatives etc do you want to process?
    • Do you have a computer to process your work?
    • Maybe you would prefer not to use a computer?
    • If you want to use your computer, are you comfortable using software or do you prefer to keep the clicks to a minimum?
    • Do you own photo-enhancing software like Corel or Photoshop?
    • If so, do you want to pay for a machine that includes similar software tools?
    • How much cash am I willing to spend to get the job done well?
  • Once done, will I use the machine again? For small jobs there are plenty of services online who will do that for you.
  • But if you have a reasonable amount of photos it can easily be more cost-effective to buy your own machine and organize your task over a time period that suits you.

Once you have decided what factors are the most important for your needs then simply tick those factors off against the specification and performance data for any particular scanner.

Don’t forget to read all the customer reviews for each scanner that appeals to you – that information should help you in your final choice of what device to invest in.

Protect your memories

negatives to digitalWhether you are a professional photographer, film maker, hobby photographer or just someone that enjoys taking pictures of friends and family, you have a lot of raw media that likely scattered around your house.

This raw media ranges from 35mm negatives, film negatives, panoramic film, 35mm slides and even print photos.

These media types are your original copies and often our only copies of these “moments in time”. Many of us hold our picture and video collections in very high regard and cannot even begin to imagine something happening to them.

Unfortunately, age, misuse and accidents do cause these to get ruined and there is often very little that we can do about it.

So, to avoid that happening to you, invest in a suitable scanner now to prevent that and preserve your memories before the worst happens!

You can check out the Magic Wand on this site.

Advantages of owning a digital scanner

By using a digital converter or scanner, you can preserve your pictures forever as digital media is not as easily ruined as negatives or printed pictures.

In addition to that, you can easily make as convert film negatives and slides
many copies of your digital media as you want to share in your family.

Yes, you can do the same with printed pictures but it can become expensive very quickly.

When you convert all of your negatives to digital pictures, you can make a few back-ups, throw away your piles of negatives and then just use the back-ups to have prints made as you have a need for them.

You can even sort all of your back-up files to make finding old pictures very easy. Arrange your pictures in various directories by category, people, dates, events or whatever else you want.

Could be fun to do the business with your family and friends too!
Might make sense for those family and friends who have media to convert to share the cost of the very best scanner.
The joint budget would buy the best quality device that accommodates everyone’s conversion purposes so that all the contributors can give their old media a makeover and share them around.
And the machine could always be resold later with the proceeds shared out thus making the conversions even cheaper for everybody.