Analog Film Archives

Type Amount Scanner choice
Tiny format color negatives from cartridges (110) 342 Flatbed or taking photos of the negatives.
Medium format b&w negatives (120, 4×4cm) 198 Flatbed or taking photos of the negatives.
Small format color positives (135, 35mm) 288 Dedicated 35mm film/slide scanner, or optionally flatbed to do multiple in one go.
Small format color negatives (135, 35mm) 9601 Dedicated 35mm film/slide scanner.
Small format b&w negatives (135, 35mm) 433 Dedicated 35mm film/slide scanner.

From this, you can see that my priority (by far) lays with 35mm scanning, but I also want to scan medium format (120) and the smaller-than-35mm negatives (110). The amount of slides are probably around 1000; but the archives are with my mom and not with me, so I can't count them yet. Let's say 11000 × 35mm for now.

Scan software

Most scanners come bundled with a SilverFast package. The cheaper SE variant, or more complete AI variant. You have to pay for this software PER SCANNER, and AI goes for up to € 499,-. Upgrading it is almost as expensive as getting the complete software package. Hamrick's VueScan costs about $80 (€72-ish), and does all important things and more. It supports virtually all scanners, local and network. Don't even consider it, just buy it, and get a scanner without SilverFast software. It'll be much cheaper, and you won't miss it.

Scanners

Every 2 years, I get € 600,- returned with my salary for up to two expenses that have to do with computers, incl. scanners. I do have to pay the special tariff income tax over it, which is 49.25% (which means I get 50.75% of my purchases returned after tax). If I spend the full amount, I get up to € 304,50 back from my purchases. This helps cut cost dramatically! The price I would've paid with the returned money deducted is in the "After R." column. Prices per scan are calculated of that amount, divided by 11000.

Scanner Price After R. €/scan Type Stated Actual Use Dmax Time Total Comment
Reflecta RPS 10M € 689,- € 384,50 € 0,035 Dedicated (35mm) 10000 4300 5000 4.2 3:51 706h Auto-feeder, auto-focus, and best in this class.
Reflecta ProScan 10T € 439,- € 216,21 € 0,020 Dedicated (35mm) 10000 4100 5000 3.9 3:00 550h Little brother of the RPS 10M; Extremely good, but no auto-feeder or -focus.
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i € 349,- € 171,88 € 0,016 Dedicated (35mm) 7200 3250 7200 3.6 9:16 1699h Very good, but extremely slow and bloated files.
Epson Perfection V550 Photo € 199,- € 98,01 € 0,009 Flatbed (A4) 6400 1560 6400 3.4 4:05 749h Very low res., but scans documents, 4x5" sheets & 120 film rolls!

Technically it would be best to combine the Reflecta RPS 10M with the Epson Perfection V550 Photo at its side. They would be € 888,- together, of which I would get the full € 304,50 returned. Meaning together they would set me back € 583,50

The grand total would be € 668,50. For the 11200 negatives alone, I'd be ok with that. But it'll also help me scan film in the future. I can keep shooting analog, which I would like to do! Plus, if you let these be scanned by companies (which will give you no control over the resolution, files, or anything concerning the image), it'd roughly cost € 4750,-. This is a difference of over € 4000,-.

In short, doing it yourself will be extremely time consuming, but we're talking about € 4750 here. For that money, you can buy six Reflecta RPS 10Ms, and three Epson Perfection V550 Photo, and still have money left. And yes, you could be using all scanners at once if your computer(s) allow. It would go much faster, and the scanners will sell second-hand as well.

Pixel fest and file sizes

Pixel calculations, 24mm height, 36mm width (35mm / 135 film, both negatives and slides):

DPI Mpx Resolution Print at 300 DPI Print size RGB RGBi Pixel What?
10000 133.92 9449 × 14173 800mm × 1200mm A1, 30 × 45 766.30 MB 1.00 GB 2.5400 µm2 Reflecta RPS 10M's stated DPI. Scan at 5000 DPI to extract maximum detail!
Reflecta ProScan 10T's stated DPI. Scan at 5000 DPI to extract maximum detail!
7200 69.42 6803 × 10205 576mm × 864mm A2, 30 × 45 397.25 MB 529.67 MB 3.5278 µm2 Plustek OpticFilm 8200i's stated and optimal DPI, effectively gives you 3250 nominal DPI.
6400 54.85 6047 × 9071 512mm × 768mm A2, 30 × 45 313.87 MB 418.49 MB 3.9688 µm2 Epson Perfection line's stated and optimal DPI, effectively gives you 1560 nominal DPI.
5000 33.48 4724 × 7087 400mm × 600mm A3, 30 × 45 191.57 MB 255.43 MB 5.0800 µm2 Reflecta RPS 10M's optimal DPI. Scan at this to extract maximum detail (you get 4300)
Reflecta ProScan 10T's optimal DPI. Scan at this to extract maximum detail (you get 4100).
4300 24.76 4063 × 6094 344mm × 516mm A3, 30 × 45 141.68 MB 188.91 MB 5.9070 µm2 This is what the Reflecta RPS 10M will give you when you scan at 5000.
4100 22.51 3874 × 5811 328mm × 492mm A3, 30 × 45 128.81 MB 171.75 MB 6.1951 µm2 This is what the Reflecta Proscan 10T will give you when you scan at 5000.
3250 14.15 3071 × 4606 260mm × 390mm A4, 25 × 38 80.94 MB 107.92 MB 7.8154 µm2 This is what the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i will give you when you scan at 7200.
1560 3.26 1474 × 2211 125mm × 187mm A6, 10 × 15 18.65 MB 24.87 MB 16.2821 µm2 This is what the Epson Perfection line's will give you when you scan at 6400.

24.76 Megapixels is more than twice the resolution my own DSLR has (Nikon D80 has 12mp), and you can re-scan analog film at a later time when you get a better scanner, too. Can't do that with already digitally shot photos. Instead of upgrading my digital SLR, I'm "downgrading" to my analog SLR.

Pixel calculations, 12mm height, 16mm width (110 film, can not be loaded as a 35mm frame, need to use the flatbeds with a custom holder):

DPI Mpx Resolution Print at 300 DPI Print size RGB RGBi Pixel What?
6400 12.19 4031 × 3024 341mm × 256mm A4, 20 × 30 69.75 MB 93.00 MB 3.9688 µm2 Epson Perfection line's stated and optimal DPI, effectively gives you 1560 nominal DPI.
1560 0.72 983 × 737 83mm × 62mm A8,5.2 × 7.4 4.15 MB 5.53 MB 16.2821 µm2 This is what the Epson Perfection line's will give you when you scan at 6400.

Printing 110-film does not seem worth it, at all. Best quality print to be made is A8-size, or 5.2 × 7.4 cm. That's... well, a wallet-size print? Think Instax Mini.

Pixel calculations, 45mm height, 45mm width (120 film, can not be loaded as a 35mm frame, need to use the flatbeds):

DPI Mpx Resolution Print at 300 DPI Print size RGB RGBi Pixel What?
6400 128.57 11339 × 11339 960mm × 960mm A1, ? Square. 735.70 MB 980.93 MB 3.9688 µm2 Epson Perfection line's stated and optimal DPI, effectively gives you 1560 nominal DPI.
1560 7.64 2764 × 2764 234mm × 234mm A5, ? Square. 43.71 MB 58.28 MB 16.2821 µm2 This is what the Epson Perfection line's will give you when you scan at 6400.

Infrared won't work with black & white film, which is the only exposed film I have for 120. The RGBi-column can thus be ignored.

Film rolls

Types of films that are nice, 36-exposure rolls only:

Type ISO Film €/1 €/10
C-41 Color Negative 200 AgfaPHOTO Vista Plus € 3,20 € 3,10
C-41 Color Negative 400 AgfaPHOTO Vista Plus € 4,50 € 4,25
C-41 Color Negative 200 Kodak Color Plus € 2,80 € 2,60
C-41 Color Negative 100 Kodak Ektar (best for scanning) € 7,70 € 7,50
C-41 Color Negative 160 Kodak Portra € 8,15
C-41 Color Negative 400 Kodak Portra (best regular color) € 8,95
C-41 Color Negative 800 Kodak Portra € 12,95 € 11,95
C-41 Color Slide 100 Kodak Ektachrome E100 (best slide) € 13,50
E-6 Black & White 25 Rollei RPX (sharpest B&W) € 5,75 € 5,50
E-6 Black & White 25 Rollei Ortho Plus (maybe better than the RPX?) € 7,95
E-6 Black & White 100 Adox Silvermax € 5,95 € 5,50
E-6 Black & White 125 Ilford FP4 (best B&W 125) € 5,95 € 5,65
E-6 Black & White 400 Kodak T-MAX € 6,35 € 6,05
E-6 Black & White 400 Kodak TRI-X 400TX (best B&W 400) € 6,40 € 6,10
E-6 Black & White 200 Ilford SFX (Infrared) € 9,90 € 9,41
E-6 Black & White 400 Rollei Infrared (Infrared) € 5,95 € 5,45

5-packs, prices per roll (not per pack):

Type ISO Film €/1 €/2 €/3
C-41 Color Negative 160 Kodak Portra € 7,79 € 7,59 € 7,59
C-41 Color Negative 400 Kodak Portra € 8,79 € 8,79 € 8,59

IT-8 Scanner Calibration Targets

Would be excellent to combine this with IT 8.7 (ISO 12641) Scanner Color Calibration Targets. The S2 set is € 80,00 + € 5,00 = € 85,00.
These are slide scanner targets, and are mostly for color reversal film ("slide"/"dia"). It contains targets F3, K3, V3, N3, RF & R1:

Total price tag

What? Price
Reflecta RPS 10M 699,00
+ Tweezers 9,90
+ shipping 22,00
Back from work -304,50
Extra from work (declared) -75,00
IT-8 Calibration Targets 85,00
Epson Perfection V550 Photo 199,00

That leaves € 635,40 to be paid for both scanners, out of pocket. Mom says she'll pay for the targets, so € 550,40. I can take € 350,- from cryptocurrency. That leaves basically just the Epson to buy, € 200,40.

Newly shot film

# What? KC # KCS # KC P? Developed Frames Comment
1 AGFA Photo Vista Plus 135 ISO 400, 24 exposures 0333 n/a No 2019-05-13 0 Loaded this film wrong, ended up blank.
2 Kodak Color Plus 135 ISO 200, 36 exposures 0334 n/a No 2019-05-13 36 In and around home, Amsterdam Central Station, and the office. Probably 2019-05-09.
3 AGFA Photo Vista Plus 135 ISO 400, 24 exposures 0332 1584 Yes 2019-05-13 26 Robyn, Ana, Geranium Market in Lelystad. All on 2019-05-11.
4 AGFA Photo Vista Plus 135 ISO 200, 36 exposures 2019-05-15, 2019-05-16; Shots around Lelystad. Not done shooting.
Ilford FP4 B&W 135 ISO 125, 36 exposures To test Black & White photography.
Kodak Ektar 135 ISO 100, 36 exposures Film with finest grain, especially for digital scanning.