Bill Smith1 PRO 3:28pm, 11 October 2006
I came across a box a while back that contained I figured about 36 envelopes full of contact sheets and black and white negatives of what my dad shot and a huge pile of slides. I scanned some of the negatives the youngest being from 1972 and the oldest 1968. I could not believe how nice the PlusX and Tri-x scanned, they were in perfect shape.

I got inspired by Lorna Lou's family shots. Hopefully somewhere are negatives from before Alex (my brother) and I came along.

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I have been into genealogy since graduate school. My grandmother was cleaning out her basement and gave me quite the collection of old family prints. Lots of 120 contact prints. Not all she gave me are up online. I'd love to get my hands on the negs though. Especially as I'm slowly putting my darkroom together.
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peylex 12 years ago
I found some great ones of my dad from the 30's and 40's. He used to race in soapbox derbies so I had some of the photos repaired and enlarged for my son's room. (My son is all about cars...) I'll try to scan a few and post them.
Justin Cormack 12 years ago
There was a lovely print of my grandmother in Kenya during WWII. Not sure what happened to the negs. My grandfather took most of those pics on his Leica (which I didnt alas inherit). Must ask around more - I think my aunt has many of them but not sure.
carnun 12 years ago
For my thirtieth my mom actually gave me a pretty cool present - she got all my growing up photos scanned in and gave them to me. I'll have to upload them soon and send a link, just so that I can embarass myself again;-)
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
I found some in stuff Mum & Dad gave me when they moved. I've yet to scan them though.

What's everyone using to scan slides and negatives ? I've only got a standard flat-bed document scanner.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I am using a Canon flatbed with a 35mm negative holder.

I have a few baby/toddler and child photos and don't hold your breath on the embarassing ones being scanned in. What I am blown away with is the durablity of Kodak Tri-X and Plus-X negatives which are on average 36 years old.

I have said this to others, somewhere in a few short years, soccer moms the world over will let out a primal scream when they can't access the photos they took of their kids for whatever technical issue.

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I use an Epson flatbed in the tech pubs department at work. I hope to buy one for myself this year. Probably the 4490, which I think can scan 8x10 negs. That's overkill for me, but I want to have a 4x5 system by this time next year.
carnun 12 years ago
I've got an Minolta DiMage Scan Dual IV 35mm scanner. Gives pretty good results for the price and its got 16bit io and 3200dpi, they've discontinued it though and you can't scan medium format with it.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Serious bummer if you shoot 120.

The Epson Perfection 3300 I use has crummy resolution. 1200 dpi seems to be the highest it does well. From there it goes straight to 3300 dpi which is *very* noisy. The 4490 is suposed to be far better.
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