Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thoughts on bulk scanning with a Nikon Coolscan 5000

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Back in September 2008 I purchased a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 scanner. My intention was to get through all my old negatives within the space of a year or two. But close to five years on I'm still slugging it out. So I've set myself a target of scanning one page of negatives a day with minimum adjustments using the default scanning software. Over time that will get the number of outstanding to a reasonable level. I've also flagged with my parents to get all the negatives that they have out as well. Not sure of the quantity involved but having them centralised and in proper folders will make me feel better.

One thing that does suprise me is the fact that there doesn't appear to be an easy way to perform a bulk scan. What I mean by that is to put a how lot of negatives into a holder and the scanner slowly goes through one by one. They do have a automated feeders for slides and an adaptor that will scan a whole uncut roll? 

Maybe some can get a KickStarter project happening to design, manufacture and sell? If reasonably priced I would definitely buy one.

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