We can provide scans with 4000 dpi resolution, TIFF format, or even "raw" unprocessed scans.
You don't have to be a working professional photographer to appreciate some of the extra scanning features we have available:
The prices for these features are in addition to the scanning price—for example, a 35mm negative scanned at pro resolution would cost $0.47, since $0.14 would be added to the standard price of $0.33.
Our standard scanning resolutions of 10MP for 35mm slides & negatives, and 600 dpi for photos, is suitable for lots of enlargements. But if you want to take a 35mm slide or negative and make a a print bigger than 13" x 9" with terrific image quality, you'll want our Pro Resolution option.
With just this option selected, we'll scan 35mm slides & negatives at 4000dpi (24MP), creating 11MB processed jpg files that you can use to print all the way up to 16" x 20" and beyond. Prints will be scanned at 1200 dpi, which should be suitable for a 4x enlargement from the original.
Our standard JPG format images are useful for most applications. But when making poster-sized images, or when color space is critical, you may want to consider delivery in a TIFF format. This format is “lossless”, meaning the file is not compressed as it is with a JPG. Consequently, however, these files are very, very large. A typical slide scanned at 3000 dpi saved in TIFF format would be about 70MB in size (vs. about 5MB for a similar JPG). A few hundred pictures could quickly fill up the hard drive on your ordinary working computer, and it's best not to store these files solely on DVD.
TIFF format is wonderful for many applications, but it uses a lot of storage space.
If you're ordering TIFF format delivery, or if you just have an order that's more than a few thousand images, you may want to consider delivery by USB drive, which is priced at $59.00. Many of our professional customers find managing one single hard drive much more convenient than handling multiple DVDs or CDs.
We currently supply Western Digital "Passport" portable drives. These drives are simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter (for power, they connect to your computer via a USB cable). Our current drives are 500GB / 1.5TB in size (depending on whether the hard-drive is ordered for a photo or video order).
This is particularly popular with our museum and gallery customers, though it's often chosen by individual customers as well. Pro Library gives you two complete sets of images. The first set is in compressed JPG file format with all of our manual image processing applied (cropping, scratch removal, color correction, red eye removal, etc.) The second set consists of the “raw” scan with no image processing applied, and in our lossless TIFF file format.
We count hundreds of working photographers among our customers, including the legendary David Hume Kennerly, 1972 Pulitzer Prize winner, who has joined our Advisory Board.
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When I got my DVD back with the photos, I could not believe the quality of the scans! It was like I was transported back in time....It was truly an emotional experience reliving those photos on my computer with such startling clarity and quality.
- Matthew C., Columbus, GA (Dec 2007)
The images I received were amazing quality - just like the original pictures...I loved that ScanCafe had great prices and that I could choose which images to purchase after they had scanned them all - what a deal!
- Connie S.,Toccoa, GA (August 2008)
I am a full time professional photographer for 17 years. I recently sent an equal amount of slides to both ScanCafe, and a major USA competitor. The scans came back from Scan Cafe, and every single one of them was 100% perfect. 20% of the scans from the competitor were completely unusable, and 50% of them required adjusting in Photoshop. And to make it even better, Scan Cafe was one third the price of the competitor...
- Brian S., Baltimore, MD (July 2007)
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