For this I purchased the best film scanner (apart from the Hasselblads Flextight X1 & X5 that are in the €13000-€25000 price range) there is. Apart from this, Hasselblad stopped production for them. That means that Reflecta RPS 10M is the best scanner money can buy, that is still produced.
Reflecta has two excellent 35mm dedicated film scanner models:
The good old trusty Nikons scan at 4000 DPI, and give you 3900 DPI. They are the truest to what they claim to be.
Now, both of these Reflecta scanners claim 10000 DPI. That's simply not the reality of things, because:
|What?||ProScan 10T||RPS 10M|
|Loading slides||Load max 4 slides into holder.||One at a time, but easy advancing due to no holder.|
|Loading film||Load strips of max 6 frames into holder. No minimum.||No holder required, load film directly into scanner. Minimum of 3! Maximum of an entire film roll.|
|Advancing slides||Manual, have to stay at scanner for it.||Manual, have to stay at scanner for it.|
|Advancing film||Manual, have to stay at scanner for it.||Fully automatic batch scanning. Can come back when the entire strip or roll is done.|
|Scan resolution||Claims 10000 DPI, but scan at 5000 and get 4100.||Claims 10000 DPI, but scan at 5000 and get 4300.|
|Space wasting||900 DPI worth of useless data in your files.||700 DPI worth of useless data in your files.|
|Scan times||Faster at 3:00||Slower at 3:51, but not having to load film into a holder and batch scanning of strips easily makes up for this.|
|Dmax*||3.9||4.2 (highest of all non-Hasselblad Flextight X1/X5 scanners)|
* Dmax is the maximum density a scanner can distinguish from black. The higher, the better. The absolute maximum is 5; The Hasselblads reach 4.6 and 4.9 respectively. There is currently no other scanner that reaches higher than the RPS 10M does.
Keep in mind that with roughly 10000 frames to scan, it boils down to:
If you let someone scan these for you, you will quickly start paying 40 cents per frame, or even up to 500 cents per frame. And you will get a (much) lower resolution/quality. As that's not really an option, paying 2,44 cents per frame more, gets you:
So as a one-time investment, I say it's worth it to me.