|An often asked question is, "can a 35mm colour negative be scanned on a flatbed scanner?" the simple answer is, YES with a scanner that has a transparency media adapter, but the real question is how good is the scanned image!
As I own three scanners and have a photo that has been scanned by Kodak on a photo CD, I will try and give some form of comparison.
Minolta Scan Speed, this is a 36 bit 35 mm scanner which can scan transparencies and negatives, the maxumum resolution is 2812 dots per inch. This is now the main scanner I use for scanning photos on the Advantage Tennis photo site. The software provided with the scanner is OK, but better results can be obtained with Ed Hamrick's software
Epson GT-9600 (this scanner is marketed in the States as the Expression 800) this is an A4 flatbed scanner fitted with the optional transparency media adapter, this is a 36 bit scanner that has a maximum resolution of 800x3200 dots per inch.
The negative is a correctly exposed negative, well I think so :-) taken on Fuji 400 ASA film. The negative has been scanned at the maximum resolution of the scanner, resized to the same size, had the gamma adjusted and then sharpened. No other adjustments have been made to keep the comparison represative of what can be achieved.
||Epson - scaned at 36 bits 800x3200 DPI||Microtek - scanned at 30bits 1950 DPI||Kodak photo CD 512x768||Minolta Scan Speed 36bit 2812 DPI|
|What do you think? I think the A4 scanner is OK for keeping contact sheets and only just acceptable for the Web. Forget about using it for making photographic prints!|