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What are among the best scanners, one for photographs and the other for 35mm negatives? That will give excellent quality.
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The Epson V600.
And get it from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Epson-Perfect...language=en_US
Best returns policy for scanners.
Both prints and slides.

For negatives, dedicated negative scanners are better, though the best units are no longer made.
How many negatives do you have?

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Thanks LS I remember the Epson being touted as the best of the rest on here a few years ago, but forgot what model. Will order from Amazon now.

I have a few hundred negatives. I could always buy the negative scanner second hand, as long as it does the job.
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A few years ago, I did a lot of archival scanning of prints, 35mm negative, and some 110 film.

For prints, I used a lower tier epson scanner. It's my understanding that for prints you don't need too much, as 600 ppi is probably as high as you need to get all there is on the print.

For negatives, I went with the Pacific Image PrimeFilm XE 35 mm negative and slide scanner. I used XP (in a virtual machine) and used VueScan (had to have a later version, at least as of a few years ago, that was in the upper range of the 9 series of versions, I think. It's been a while. But by now, the versions are probably much higher for Vuescan). It is advertised with Windows 7 or later software now. I just never got anything after XP. A bit quirky to get it working. Had to use the really basic scan software/driver program that came with it to "jump start" it with an initial preview scan when first powering it up. Then switched over to VueScan for all subsequent preview/actual scanning, skipping the Silverfast software that came with it. I was very impressed with the results. XE is the manual feed version, which was fine by me. I decided on that after a very tech thorough review rated it's actual resolution at 4100 ppi, which was said to be about as high as any 35mm scanner. Many advertise high ppi, but don't actually have that much ppi. It also has the Digital ICE, which is very time saving if your negatives aren't pristine. I found the Digital ICE didn't do much softening of the image while getting rid of most scratches. It's been a long time, so I forget the right technical terms. But it was also very well rated for the amount of light it generates while scanning, so you get excellent illumination of your negative/slide. I think it's called the Dmax rating. It scored very high. Some slides can be tough to get enough light on when scanning. I was pleased in this department.

You wouldn't know it was such a great scanner if you read Amazon reviews. bhphotovideo.com has a higher user rating. But if you search more techie forums or review sites, you may hear some high praise of this one, especially for it's price point compared to some of the other high end scanners. It was slow going to scan, but for me it was well worth the wait to get as much detail as possible out of my negatives/slides. Although searching now, I see it has a Super Edition, which advertises faster scan times. So perhaps that is a moot point. Anyway, I wanted it done right the first time, so I was willing to be patient.

I also got some proper gloves for handling, and a nice brush to help remove the dust/lint before scanning.

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