We will digitize the negatives you send to us (all formats, all sizes, all types), and convert them to positive images if you wish (or you can do that yourself if you have the software). Please note that we also scan Disc Film (many scanning services won't!). In fact, we specialize in Disc film, as explained below. Our Price for scanning negatives starts at $0.40/frame, depending on the type of service you select (see below). You can even try us outfree of charge!
We scan 35mm negatives, we scan 110 film negatives, we scan all negative formats and sizes.
Concierge Service (Free of charge): We provide (free) extra services that others don't. For example, we will customize your directory structures if you wish. If your negatives from a roll of film are grouped together, we will digitize them in the original sequence. Our guiding principle is to provide personalized service, at a fair price.
We use a proprietary process, along with custom-built equipment, to digitize Disc Film negatives (also known as disk film negatives). Using this special process, we are able to convert a disc film image to a digital image that is 4700 pixels wide - that is the equivalent of a scanner working at 11,000 dpi. That capability, combined with our low cost (just $11.00/disc (direct negative image), versus up to $45/disc with other services) makes us the logical place to send your disc films for conversion. For more information, see our dedicatedDisc Film Scanning page
When we scan your disc film negatives, we do not damage or change the disc in any way. Other labs will modify the disc to fit their equipment - for example, by removing the hub. We will process your disc and return it to you in its original condition. If your Discs have been modified by removing the center hub, there is an additional $2.00/Disc charge to cover the increased difficulty of imaging the frames.
We digitize APS film too. If you have APS film in the APS cartridges, we can scan APS film and convert your APS films to digital images. Our charges for this film are the same as for 35mm film negatives (other services will charge you over $0.90/frame for this film, if they will take it at all!). We will not cut or otherwise modify your APS films in any way. Once we have digitized your APS film images, we will return you film to you intact. Now you can finally see your APS photos as digital images, and share them with other people too! For more detailed information, please visit our APS Film Scanning Page.
In addition to providing your image files on a flash drive or DVD, for a small additional charge ($0.08/image + disc cost) we can assemble your pictures into a HDTV Video Slide Show. We can then put that slide show on a DVD that you can play in your DVD player so you can enjoy your pictures on your TV set, as well as your computer. If you choose this option, the data files (JPEG image files) require a separate disc - or you can have them put on a flash drive.[Back to Top]
We offer three different categories of service for photographic negatives ("Digital Negatives", "Digital Positives", and "Premier Service"), allowing you to tailor your order to your needs and budget:
The first is our "Digital Negative" Service. This service provides you with digital copies of your negatives with the frame border visible, without any further processing; the images you receive are still negatives.
This category is our lowest cost imaging service - you can receive digital negatives for $0.40/image. This service is ideally suited for customers who simply want to preserve and protect their collection of negatives at the lowest possible cost for the time being.
It is also ideal for those who want to do their own post-processing and image improvement. We provide a download link to a free software package that will enable you to do all of the same post-processing of your images that we do with our higher-priced services.
The best part is that you also have the option at any time to have us "develop" the negative images (reverse them to normal color) after your order is processed at a cost of just $0.05/image ($5.00 minimum order size). We will hold your images on our system for at least five years.[Back to Top]
Our second category of service is our "Digital Positive" service. This service takes the negative images and processes them to reverse the color to a normal positive image, and to perform an initial film balancing. WIth this service, you also receive copies of the Digital Negative images in your digital files.
No further processing is done (no dust and scratch removal, no trimming - the frame borders are still visible, no exposure adjustments), and images remain in the landscape orientation (portrait-style images are not rotated to the vertical position). This service is available for $0.40/image (total) for 35mm and other similar formats.
With the "Digital Positive" Service, all rectangular images will be in the landscape orientation (with the long axis horizontal). You can easily rotate the images that were taken with the camera in the vertical orientation using the Windows Photo Viewer. Or, if you prefer, we can do that for you for a small additional charge of $0.03/image, based on the total number of images in your job (because we have to review every image).
Premier Service takes the "Image Only" image and crops out the border, leaving just the image itself. It also includes making adjustments to each image to improve the quality as much as practical. This is a fully manual operation, and includes adjustments for color shifts and color fading, under- or over-exposure, removal of dust and fiber shadows, etc. Here are some comparisons of the two versions:
Your processed files will be stored on the storage medium of your choice: CD-ROM, DVD, BluRay, Thumb Drive (Flash Drive), M-Disc, or, for large orders, an external hard drive. You can indicate your choice of media when you fill out the Order Form/Packing List that you will receive from us when we are ready to receive your order. You can also elect to receive multiple copies of your files, if you wish.[Back to Top]
Actually, we don't scan your negatives. Instead, we start by taking the film strips and putting them in the correct sequence according to the frame numbers on the film. Then we take each negative, clean it with a special anti-static, lint-free photographic cleaning cloth to remove most of the dust and debris, and place it on an LED light-box and actually photograph it full-frame with a macro-photography setup. This avoids theartifactsthat can be introduced by a scanner, and provides a higher resolution than almost any scanner. Essentially, it is like going back in time and re-shooting your negatives with a modern digital camera.
If you have selected our Premier Service, the images are then post-processed individually to rotate the vertically oriented images, and remove any remaining dust, fibers, and scratches fibers that show up in the image. In the case of older negatives where the color has faded, we are sometimes able to slightly improve the color saturation and intensity (but we make no guarantees). We also try, where possible, to improve exposure levels for images that are either under- or over-exposed. The changes, while not typically dramatic, are usually a noticeable improvement.
In addition to JPEG files, we can also provide TIFF and RAW image file formats. Because these files are much larger than JPEG (between 4-6x) the processing time for image post-processing is much longer. As a result, we charge an additional $0.05 - $0.10/image for those file formats, depending on the Service Category (see below, orPrice List).
As a way of introducing you to our Service, we invite you to try our Negative Scanning Service for FREE. We will scan up to eight negatives absolutely free of charge. The resulting jpeg images will be sent to you via Dropbox (you will receive images representing all three categories of Service), and your negatives will be sent back to you in a return envelope that you will provide to us.
To get your free scans, just fill out the Free Scan Request Form. We will reply with an email providing you with instructions on how to send us your negatives, along with a mailing label that you will need to use for your envelope. Please, do not send us any materials without receiving this instructive email.
Of course, if you do not have any negatives you would like to submit for free scans, you could choose to send us up to sixslides,or a couple ofphotographs,which have quantity limits (for free scans) that depend on the size of the photographs.[Back to Top]
Large orders will be sectioned into file sub-directories of about 60 - 70 images, and each directory will include one or more Index images that contains a thumbnail image of each picture, together with its file name. That way you can quickly search for a particular image, or easily review all of the images in the file. Of course, we will organize the images into specific categories of your choosing if you provide the necessary instructions.
Our prices for scanning negatives are as follows:
|Film Size (mm)||jpeg Res.||DNeg*||DPos**||PS***|
|110 (13 x 17)****||15MP||$0.40||$0.45||$0.85|
|120 (45x 60)||24MP||$0.40||$0.45||$0.85|
|126 (26 x 26)||11MP||$0.40||$0.45||$0.85|
|Disc Film (per disc)‡||14.7MP||$11||$12||$18|
|Larger Formats (in)|
|Length up to 3"||18MP||$1.09||$1.19||$1.59|
|Length up to 5"||18MP||$1.29||$1.39||$1.79|
|Length up to 7"||18MP||$1.59||$1.69||$2.09|
|Length up to 10"||18MP||$2.19||$2.29||$2.69|
Notes: (prices above are totals; example: 100, 35mm images with Premier Processing = $85.00)
* DNeg (Digital Negative): Add $0.05/image for TIFF/RAW files
** DPos (Digital Positive): Add $0.05/image for TIFF/RAW files
** Image Rotation Available for $0.03/image
*** PS (Premier Service): Includes Image Rotation; Add $0.20/image for TIFF/RAW files
****The 10MP image for 110 format film is the equivalent of a scan with 5000 dpi resolution
† For APS, the resolution depends on the aspect ratio of the images
‡ If Disc Hub is missing, add $2.00/Disc
|Film Size (mm)||1 - 1000||1001 - 2000||2001 - 4000||4001 - Up|
|110 (13 x 17)****||$0.40||$0.38||$0.36||$0.35|
|120 (45x 60)||$0.40||$0.38||$0.36||$0.35|
|126 (26 x 26)||$0.40||$0.38||$0.36||$0.35|
|Larger Formats (in)|
|Length up to 3"||$0.99||$0.94||$0.89||$0.84|
|Length up to 5"||$1.19||$1.09||$0.99||$0.95|
|Length up to 7"||$1.49||$1.39||$1.29||$1.25|
|Length up to 10"||$2.09||$1.99||$1.89||$1.84|
Please note that if you have both a negative and a photographic print of that negative, it is always best to send us the negative to be digitized. That insures that you will have all off the detail of the original picture in your digital file, without the losses that can occur when the negative image is processed to make a print. Many automatic photo processors apply automatic "corrections" to prints that are actually distortions of the original image. By scanning the negative, you will recover any detail that was lost due to a poor photo printing process.
You can trust Digital Conversions LLC to handle all yournegative scanningneeds.