Does anyone have and use a negative scanner?

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 1/17/2013 by Lilyloams in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 286,882
December 2006
Posts: 4,085
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/17/2013 7:58:01 AM
I have lots of old negatives from back when we used regular film cameras, so for Christmas DH got me a negative scanner. I believe it is this one:

Negative scanner

I have not opened it yet and just wondered if anyone has used this or something similar and how do you like it?



PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
Posts: 2,099
Layouts: 29

Posted: 1/17/2013 8:30:04 AM
I have an Ion scanner but not an audio one. I like it a lot. It's very easy to use, the resolution is high enough to make reprints. The photos & negatives I scanned were old so they can use some photoshop help but other than that I am happy with it.


PeaNut 271,066
August 2006
Posts: 221
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/17/2013 9:36:26 AM
Just got one myself, but haven't used it. I only have about 2 million negatives Need to work on them a few at a time every night until I get thru them... maybe before I leave this earth! ha ha


PeaNut 14,438
April 2001
Posts: 1,673
Layouts: 5
Loc: Colorado

Posted: 1/17/2013 9:38:46 AM
I think my all in one printer has a negative scanning attachment but I haven't tried it. Think I will

Uploaded with iPhone client


PeaNut 539,946
January 2012
Posts: 451
Layouts: 97
Loc: Canal Winchester, OH

Posted: 1/17/2013 10:11:39 AM
I bought my husband one for Christmas from Craigs List a couple of years ago - he is slowly getting all those old negatives and photos scanned and in the computer. It generally seems to work great!

Julie E
Playing With Paper


PeaNut 18,232
July 2001
Posts: 3,496
Layouts: 44
Loc: Ohio

Posted: 1/17/2013 11:38:41 AM
I had one (not the one you linked) and hated the quality of the scans. I finally gave up (it really did take FOREVER to do) and have started sending my negatives to ScanCafe. I've been very pleased with the results.

Tonya in MI

PeaNut 51,799
October 2002
Posts: 1,071
Layouts: 64
Loc: Boonies in Mid-Michigan

Posted: 1/17/2013 3:49:38 PM
I have an really old HP one. It works in a pinch to get a negative I need digitized but I honestly can say I'd rather pay someone to do them for me if I wanted to do all my negatives.


PeaNut 41,525
June 2002
Posts: 848
Layouts: 0
Loc: Australia

Posted: 1/17/2013 3:57:33 PM
Just yesterday I found an attachment that goes onto my scanner to do negatives. I would be interested if anybody knows how quick, easy or worthwhile they are.
My husband was going to buy me one of those portble ones at Christmas but I told him to wait.

Zonefan, if you try yours can you please come back and update?


Worker Bee

PeaNut 108,418
September 2003
Posts: 7,616
Layouts: 22
Loc: Sunnyvale, not Sunnydale

Posted: 1/17/2013 4:12:58 PM
I've seen good reviews for this one:

Wolverine scanner

I'm too much of a chicken to pull the trigger and buy it for some reason!

I would like to know which one you buy.

I've used ScanCafe before and like them a lot as well. It did take forever to get the scans back, but that didn't bother me too much.


PeaNut 193,131
February 2005
Posts: 1,328
Layouts: 33
Loc: Colorado, but a Texan at heart

Posted: 1/17/2013 4:49:06 PM
I've been wanting to get one too.

DH thinks we can do it on our regular printer/scanner, but I thought I read somewhere that actual negative scanners are better b/c a negative isn't opaque like paper? Has anyone else heard that? I suppose I should break out some old negatives and just try it! And then I guess the scanner or computer is smart enough to invert them (from negative to a regular image)?

happily married to Jon, mom to Jack
cat mom to Emma, Ernie and Charlie
Texas Aggie grad - whoop!

50 layouts freeze challenge:
Feb through May 2014
12X12 layouts: 11
PL double page layouts: 18
Total: 29/50


PeaNut 545,062
February 2012
Posts: 159
Layouts: 1
Loc: Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains TN

Posted: 1/19/2013 6:06:43 PM
Lilyloams, I have that exact same scanner. It has been put thru the test today as I am getting back into my Genealogy and I have a ton of old prints I'm scanning onto a card. I LOVE the way this one works. My pictures are color and b/w and they come out beautifully !! Enjoy your ION !

I just went back and looked at the price.. WOW! I got mine from a garage sale FB page and paid $30 for it.. Still in the plastic and in the box.. Brand NEW.. I think I got a bargain!


PeaNut 37,647
May 2002
Posts: 2,868
Layouts: 8
Loc: Indiana 47949

Posted: 1/20/2013 1:26:46 AM
My mom was a mad cutter of cutting people out of pics when she was furious with them. So after she died we found alot of the old negatives. So I priced them out to get printed. I was told like $1 or $2 a negative. I had about 75+ so that option was out. But one day at a yard sale dh spoted a negative scanner for $5. so we grabbed it and if it worked great if not we got a newer scanner. Well we messed with it for awhile. And well it worked great and I was able to scan every single negative and we even found one of dh's grandparents that we got somehow and forgot about it. And so I was able to get prints made for go all 6 of siblings plus me. So it saved us ALOT of money. I say go for it.



PeaNut 51,887
October 2002
Posts: 1,355
Layouts: 18
Loc: houston, tx

Posted: 1/20/2013 8:35:43 AM
Yes,, I have a negative scanner.
No,, I do not use it.

I have a Wolverine one.
It does work, however it is a very slow and tedious process when you have thousands of negatives to scan.
I hook mine up to a tv so I can see the images better.

Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}