Black & White Negative Scanning | ScanCafe

Scanning Black and White Negatives

High-Quality & Affordable Black & White Scanning Service. Preserve Your Memories & Start Scanning Today!

Estimate the Number of B&W Negatives That You're Sending
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USB Drive
X $9.95
X $11.95
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We're proud and excited to deliver an industry breakthrough—an affordable, high-quality black & white negative scanning service:

  • Scanned and repaired by hand
  • High 11MP resolution, 4000 dpi available
  • Door-to-door, safe and guaranteed tracking
  • $0.37 per negative/slide (35mm)$1.95 per negative (medium format)
  • Free scratch removal included

How Scanning Black & White Negatives Works

We have designed the whole process to be as PAIN-FREE as possible.

All you have to do is ship us your photos and we will get to work on scanning your black and white images for you

ScanCafe's Technicians
Your black & white film gets manually scanned & repaired. Your film will be transferred at our Indianapolis lab with a 3-4 week turnaround time.

Enjoy & Share
By the end of the process, you have all your negatives digitized and available for digital download, or DVD or USB drive.

Common Black & White Image Scanning Problem: Scratching

A typical amount of scratching on a black and white negative. Photo: W Bradley.

Negatives are well known for scratching, and black & white negatives especially so. Unlike chromogenically color-processed negatives, they contain grains of silver halide. Brittle, these grains easily scratch the surface of the negative, even when handled gently (jostling inside the negative envelope itself can often be enough to scratch the film), making tiny scratches that are not visible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, when the negative is scanned and the image is enlarged, these tiny scratches can be so numerous and large, relative to the image, that they nearly ruin it. To compound the problem, dust particles on the surface of black and white negatives are much more noticeable than on, say, the surface of a color negative.

What Sets Our B&W Scanning Services Apart

Our Proprietary Solution

The same photo as above, handled under our new process, for $0.37 an image.

We recognize that there are many serious photographers with large analog archives of negatives. But scanning black and white negatives the right way requires training and advanced scanning capabilities. After months of research and testing with some of our professional customers, we've launched a black and white negative scanning service that harnesses our usual ScanCafe strengths and invents a new one:

Repair Black & White Negative By Hand

We scan all of our images, by hand, not just black and white negatives. But here, because the number of scratches is potentially infinite, our process is to enlarge your image to 100 percent of its maximum resolution (3900 x 2600 pixels) and remove the defects visible at that zoom level on our reference displays.

A Good Black & White Scanning Service is Hard to Find

Many services scan color negatives, but they usually rely on software alone to digitally remove scratches. The most common of these packages are reasonably effective in two conditions: (1) when the scratch is relatively small; and (2) when the image being analyzed is from a typical color process. With black & white negatives, the silver halide grains (the same grains that cause the scratching in the first place!) cause artifacts in the scan that do not produce a clean image for competitors to process. Consequently, many services don't offer to scan black & white negatives at all—or, if they do, they don't offer any scratch removal at all. That can lead to some pretty unsatisfactory images, like the one above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why scan/digitize my old photos, negatives and slides?
I have paper photo prints AND 35mm negatives, so which ones are better to scan?
How will the image files be organized once digitized and what devices are they playable on?
Can you restore images that have been torn?
What are your customer service hours?