DIY: Shoebox Negative Film Scanner

Have lots of negatives stored away that you’d like to see on your computer so you can decide which negatives are worth developing—but negative scanners are too expensive for you? Make your own scanner in a shoebox. It’s cheap, quick, and easy.

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AuthorMajo Elias

I’ve been taking pictures since 2004. When I was starting out, I photographed almost everything. Later my style solidified and I began photographing people almost exclusively. At the moment my main genres are fashion and advertising.

Comments (2)

  1. Majo, you’ve been watching too much Blue Peter, a very popular BBC TV series for children. Just kidding. Although there are a number of relatively inexpensive ways of easily copying negatives, these are all related to 35mm. Your DIY copier can at least do roll film cheaply when one considers the price of a bespoke roll film scanner.

  2. To buy a dia & negative scanner is much more simple & CHEAP way than this Way!
    Also, I did an eguipment like this on a wood chassis. There is no need DANGEROUS, “Sensor Killer” direct flashlight. A 5 Watts white small “econo type” 220 VAC bulb to back side is enough.
    Shooting mod is “A = Aperture” f stop is 7.1 – 8, AF is Macro… With cameras timer or remote control! That’s all…

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