35mm Negative and Slide Scanning Service

35mm Negative and Slide Scanning Service

35mm and similar photo slide conversions allow you to store and manage your images on a computer, similar to how you would with a digital camera. You can also have photo slides converted to CDs or digital files to view on your computer or smartphone and share on social media.

What Makes Two Squares the Best 35mm Slide and Negative Scanning Service?

Low-Cost / Standard Quality

The image below shows an example of the low-cost/standard quality process. Note the color tint and low level of detail visible in the dark color patterns.

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High-Quality – 3600 DPI

The image below shows an example of the high-quality process at a resolution of 3600 dpi. Note the correction in the colors, levels, contrast, and detail in the dark areas.

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Low-Cost Scan Quality Option

The standard quality process gives you the equivalent of an 8-megapixel camera image of your slide, which is about 2500 dpi. This process is very quick.

Two Squares can also directly process images using your Kodak 80 or 140-slide carousels. After digitizing your slides, Two Squares post-processes your digital photos using professional-grade software to correct color, contrast, and lighting levels.

The quality of Two Squares’ low-cost slide scanning service is extremely good. Many customers choose this option for archiving large collections of slides.

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High-Quality Slide Scanning Service

Two Squares also offers a high-quality scanning process if you desire the best quality possible. High-quality photo scans come in two options: 6400 dpi or 3600 dpi.

A 6400 dpi scanned image is equivalent to a digital camera image with a sensor of about 44-65 Megapixels. The 3600 dpi image would be roughly equivalent to a camera with a 14-18 Megapixel sensor.

Our high-quality scans are post-processed using professional-grade software to correct color, contrast, and lighting levels to further improve image quality.

Helping You Choose the Right Resolution

The main question we have for customers deciding on the ideal resolution is: “What do you plan on doing with your digital images?”

3600 dpi is usually more than enough for most people unless you want large prints from your slides or the highest quality possible. A 3600 dpi scan of a 35mm slide (about 1.3” x 0.9”) will give you about 4550 x 2890 pixels. This is a much higher resolution than a 4K TV at 3840 x 2160 pixels. If you only want to watch a slideshow of your pictures on a TV or computer, 3600 dpi is more than enough.

If you want to create a photo print of your slide, a general standard for print resolution is having a minimum of 300 dots per inch printed on paper for the best image quality. Most photo kiosks at your local superstore or pharmacy print at 300 dpi. If you enlarge a 3600 dpi image, you could make it about 11”x 16” and still have enough pixels to give you 300 dpi.

If you plan on printing a larger image or want to zoom in and crop your images digitally, scan slides at a higher resolution, such as 6400 dpi. The quality of this slide scanning service is excellent. Our customers often choose this option to regularly enjoy their pictures and/or use them for special events.