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Negative Scanning Services

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Your color negatives, even in protective sleeves, are in danger from the color shifting and scratching that can occur over time. We can scan your negatives to digital at ScanCafe and keep these memories safe from physical decay.

  • Scanned and repaired by hand, one-by-one
  • High 10MP resolution allows enlargements.
  • Safety assurance with door-to-door tracking
  • Amazing value: $0.37 per 35mm negative image, and Value Kit available from $0.25/scan.
  • Black & white negative scanning available.
  • 10 Business Days* processing available.

How Converting Photo Negatives to Digital Service Works

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

box of negative photos

All you have to do is ship us your canisters and we will get to work converting your negative to digital for you

ScanCafe's Technicians
We start the important work of converting your precious old negatives to digital the moment they reach us. A technician will spend approximately four minutes per negative to ensure the upmost quality almost all of the time.Your film will be transferred at our Indianapolis lab with a 3-4 week turnaround time.

box of negative photos

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When we are done, we ship your negatives back to you and make their digitized images available for for digital download, or DVD or USB drive.

What Sets Our Photo Negative Scanning Services Apart

Individual Image Fixes

At ScanCafe, we've designed our service from the ground up around the idea of a technician individually processing and correcting your images as needed.

Scanning negatives to convert them to digital images is just one part of our negative scanning service. Beyond that, each image requires some amount of repair and correction since color slides inevitably experience color shifts and scratches over time (unless you've stored them in archival-quality, subzero conditions). We routinely carry out the following fixes to make your digitized negative images look their best.

  • Re-orientation
  • Cropping
  • Scratch and dust removal
  • Color correction
  • Red-eye removal

In short, for our standard negative scanning service, a technician will spend approximately four minutes per negative addressing all of the problems above, and then some. Based on our experience scanning millions of negatives, this produces amazing quality almost all of the time, for just pennies per image. (Some negatives may be so damaged they require our expert photo restoration service, but that's relatively rare).

Our Negative Scanning Quality

Chances are, your negatives are some of the most precious things you have. They're actually much more precious than prints of the same image, since the negatives will usually produce much better scans. And some images may only exist as negatives, making them all the more valuable.

So when you send your stash of negatives off to a negative scanning service, you expect them to be treated carefully. You want to be sure that the person on the other end really knows how to scan negatives. At ScanCafe, we understand that. Scanning negatives is a task that calls for extremely gentle handling, and even something as simple as identifying the right side to scan (i.e., the emulsion side) takes a trained touch. We never run your negatives through some automated correction process, where a piece of software guesses its way through a batch of your most important memories. All too often, however, that's just what other services do.

We are familiar with the intricacies of scanning 35mm negatives as well as other non-standard negative formats. We think that every single negative you send us should be examined, frame by frame, by a highly trained technician with a good eye and a terrific set of hands. In our experience, that really is the best way to scan negatives.

Photo: F. Martin

Our Cost Promise

At ScanCafe, we give you the option of discarding up to 20% of the final order. Through all this, we make sure we are not cutting corners or compromising on quality in any way. So you don't have to make a hard choice between affordability and quality when it comes to preserving your memories. At ScanCafe, you can get both.

Check Out Our Other Services

We convert slides, black & white photos, APS film and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why it makes sense to use a Negative scanning service?
I have paper photo prints AND 35mm negatives, so which ones are better to scan?
Can you scan a single negative that has been cut from a strip of negatives?
On a given strip of negatives, can I mark just the images I want scanned?
How will the image files be organized once digitized and what devices are they playable on?
What type of box should I ship my images in?