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For all of you young whippersnappers out there, this is a film negative
When I went to Italy in 2004, I didn't have a digital camera. I took 14 rolls of film with me and used every single one. That's a lot of pictures my friends. For some DUMB reason, I did not order cd's to go with my prints. Seriously, how dumb can I get? I ordered the prints, put them in two albums and was done with it. I saved the negatives for some reason and I'm so glad that I did!
There are many, many companies that will scan your negatives and put them on a cd or dvd for you. Heck, some will even make a movie out of your pictures. Pretty groovy, right? I needed this service. I would LOVE to have the hundreds of pictures from one of the best trips of my life on cd so I can upload them to Flickr and store them digitally.
I did a lot of comparison shopping when it came to picking the right company. Here are some that I looked at:
BritePix: Negative scanning started at .29/frame for 1500 DPI and increased to .49/frame. An online gallery is included free but each CD costs $3.00. I didn't see an option to add additional cd's or dvd's to your order. You can add a dvd slideshow for .25/picture. There is a $50 minimum on negative scanning. Shipping and handling was $12.00. Grand total for my order: $105.00
ScanCafe: I chose this company. My total for this company was a bit higher. Scanning was .29/frame for 3000 DPI. A cd is included in your order price but you can order additional media for a cost. I decided to get a dvd for $7.95. There are lots of additional options as well. You can buy a digital photo frame or an external hard drive with your images downloaded. 50% of the cost is due at the time of the order. I paid $7.46 for shipping and they provided me with a label. I just had to go to the UPS store and buy a box for .99 cents. Shipping back to me will cost $10.25. Grant total for my order: $116.64
Digmypics: Scanning 300 frames at 3200 DPI was a total of $147.00. 300 pictures would take up 5 cd's with a cost of $30. A dvd disc would be $6.00 extra. Before shipping costs the total was $177.00. This company offers a movie format for your pictures including a title page and music for $45.00.
There are several other companies on the world wide web that offer these services. You also have the option of buying a negative scanner at various electronics stores. I'm sure these are "you get what you pay for" type electronics so make sure you read reviews before making a purchase.
My negatives should be scanned and online for me to review by the beginning of September. I'll make sure to follow up with a review then!