Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner is multi purpose work horse which let your scan and archive so many things. You can scan 35mm Film negatives, photos and documents or create enlargements with the built-in transparency unit and 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution. Since there are several new versions released into market this scanner price has gone really down. Now you can find it for less than $120 from most of those online stores.
35mm cameras have lost their spot light in camera industry when those new digital cameras have reached the market. Those days photographers had to take film to laboratories to get prints. This was the main reason why Instant camera models used to be so popular those days. You could get a photo print instantly. So that whole Era is in history. But many of us still have those old negatives belongs to our old generation. Maybe from parents or relatives or bunch of negatives you found in a yard sale along with a camera. We all curious to see what’s in those but nobody want to spend money to print in this digital age.
Epson Perfection V370
This is why Negative scanners like Epson Perfection V370 comes really handy. It can scan your negatives with higher resolution and then save those in to a memory card. This way you can check what mysteries these old film are hiding and save what’s important into your computer or cloud. This can be a fun project to do with your grand-kids or kids. They would love it too. All you can save old memories and moment so your future generation able to see them too.
This will be a very helpful accessory for those who are into Lomography too. You can scan your negatives and keep them saved or make your prints digital without much fuss. But there is an one important thing to mention. Epson v370 can not scan 120mm size negatives. There are several DIV methods for getting your 120mm medium size negatives. There is a topic at Flickr where several users added few interested suggestions (Link).
But if you just want a photo scanner which can do both 35mm and 120mm negatives then just buy a Epson Perfection V600 scanner. This one will cost you about 100 usd more but it will save you lots of trouble and let you get the job done easily. I think extra 100 usd worth it.
Epson Perfection V600
Epson Perfection V600 do 6400 x 9600 dpi for enlargements up to 17″ x 22″ from film. It also do scan Scan slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film etc. Works with both Windows and Mac operating systems. Also it removes the appearance of tears, dust, scratches and creases from damaged photos using DIGITAL ICE technology. Also easy to use Epson Easy Photo Fix software let you Restore faded color photos with one touch. So if you are willing to spend 100 usd more then buying Epson Perfection V600 will the best choice when you consider long term benefits.
All in 1 Film and Slide Scanners
Now there are some smaller film and slide scanners can be found in market for cheap price like $80 to $150. These scanners are pretty much like toys and if you read Amazon reviews will able to see how many of those break within few weeks. There is no point buying these toy scanners when you can get a solid multi purpose scanner like Epson Perfection V370 for same price range.