this is quite a silly idea, but it would be really good if you could transfer images from negatives to digital format without getting them all printed. this would allow you to print ones you really wanted without wasting all the paper developing hundreds of photos that you don't want and save time instead of having to scan them all after developing.
I know this is not really possible, but it would be great. as you see i still haven't decided to go for the quality of 35mm or the practicality of digital cameras...
You can do this kate. I have a negative and slide scanner. I think it is the best possible solution to the digital versus film carry on. You have all the benefits of digital manipulation and home printing etc. and the superior quality of 35mm. Good ones are a little expensive though.
Boots (UK) offer a service to transfer you 35mm film onto a CD so that you can print off your own photos.
I also have a negative and slide scanner. I have to say that the quality is excellent, and the scanner is not so expensive. I payed about 150 euro for a flatbed scanner that can scan negatives/slides also. The quality of the scanned negatives is compareable to pictures taken with a digital camera...
Making digital files or photos from 35mm negatives or slides is not complicated at all. As some already said, all you need is a scanner. In the US. almost all photo processing shops have the ability to do that for customers who bring in roll films for developing. It cost around 5 dollars for a 36 exposure CD. One can do it at home, by using a scanner. Here in the US, some scanners sold for as little as $49, and have capacity to scan slides and negatives. However, digital prints made from this type of scanning is acceptable if pictures are sizes 4x6 or 5x7. In order to get sharper pictures from scanning, one has to use drum scanners - such as those made by Nikon, Minolta, Canon, ect.. Those scanners cost from 3,4 hundred dollars to 3,4 thousand.
For regular travel photos, I still prefer digital format, due to the fact that I don't have to spend money on film, and I can take as many shots as I want, keep the good and erase the bad ones.
Fantastic! that is pretty handy to know. Actually i already have a scanner, can you get programs that allow a normal scanner to scan negatives? Will def head into some photo shops to check it out..