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    Default [Q] Photo or Negative to Digital Format

    I have some 20 to 30 year old photos and some negatives. Both the photos and negatives are deteriorating and I want to preserve them by converting them to digital format. There are around 300 photos and these have great sentimental values for me and my family.

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    1. Can it be done in home and where can I borrow or rent a good quality scanner from?
    2. Which shops in Dhaka provide services like this, are they safe and how much will it cost?


    Please help me with your opinion and suggestions.

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    Saw a PCWorld article afew years ago like this. Lemme check it out...

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    Digitize Your Analog Life

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    I am not entierly sure if anyone will rent or lend a scanner with negative scanning feature. And the good ones are costly too. My uncle has one for his studio business, the price was 14k when he bought it.

    Many Fujicolor partnered digital studios offer this service. They'll usually take the negatives, scan them and give the digital in a CD/DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaz_swapnil View Post
    I am not entierly sure if anyone will rent or lend a scanner with negative scanning feature. And the good ones are costly too. My uncle has one for his studio business, the price was 14k when he bought it.

    Many Fujicolor partnered digital studios offer this service. They'll usually take the negatives, scan them and give the digital in a CD/DVD.
    When I said about renting/lending a scanner I was talking about regular scanners, not the one with film/negative scanning feature.
    Can you kindly tell me what is the pricing of such service and from where in Dhaka can I avail them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubab View Post
    When I said about renting/lending a scanner I was talking about regular scanners, not the one with film/negative scanning feature.
    Can you kindly tell me what is the pricing of such service and from where in Dhaka can I avail them?
    I don't think regular scanners will give you good quality even if they scan negatives at all. Negatives needs to be lit up from behind to be properly scanned.

    Also, I've been away from any studio/photo related matters for more than 7 years now, so I can't even remember how the rates were, but it was not very costly as far as I remember. Look for any stuido with "Fuji Color Lab" in their sign for this service. Smaller digital studios can also do this often.

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    Finally found what I was looking for on Fujicolor(Elephant Road). They do negatives to digital and photo scanning which is good. But their costs aren't what I imagined them to be. Per negative roll costs 70 taka to convert to digital and each roll I have has a maximum of 36 images in it, so I don't have any problem with this price.

    But the photo scanning service is a bit expensive for me. Per photo scanning costs 20 taka and because I have 300 photos it would cost about 6000 taka which is totally out of my budget.

    Thanks @aaz_swapnil for telling me about the "Fujicolor partnered studios".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubab View Post
    But the photo scanning service is a bit expensive for me. Per photo scanning costs 20 taka and because I have 300 photos it would cost about 6000 taka which is totally out of my budget.
    Photo scanning is always most efficient when done by yourself. You can use any scanner to scan photos without any problem. But still, why are they asking for 20tk per photo? I've scanned photos in lower than 10tk rate almost 10 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaz_swapnil View Post
    Photo scanning is always most efficient when done by yourself. You can use any scanner to scan photos without any problem. But still, why are they asking for 20tk per photo? I've scanned photos in lower than 10tk rate almost 10 years ago.
    They are probably charging this high because after the arrival of smartphones, no one prints photos anymore like they used to, so they are grabbing money from whichever services they can.
    Last edited by Rubab; December 2nd, 2014 at 19:54.

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