I’m rather shocked that my previous scanner post has generated so many emails (42 have landed in my mailbox so far). To answer everyone at once:
As far as I know, there are almost no dedicated 35mm film scanners currently made, but then I have no reason to keep up on the scanner market. I’m not looking for a new scanner, and I don’t pay attention to what is out there. I bought my Nikon Coolscan 4000 back in 2001, and it still works just fine for my purposes. If for some reason I need a higher res digital file from a transparency, I ship the film out to have a drum scan made. And no, I don’ t want to sell my Nikon scanner.
I’m not in the market for different scanner software. Yes, I know about SilverFast and VueScan, but I see no reason to purchase additional software when I’m satisfied with the results I get with NikonScan. This is especially true since I make very few scans per year.
I’m not scanning my entire film archive, nor do I have any intention of doing so. I only make a scan, or send out for one, when I have a very specific need (which is not nearly as often as you might expect). Indeed, why would I even want to scan all my old transparencies? Assume that I have 200,000 images (not such a big number, since I’ve been photographing professionally for almost 45 years now!). Total time it takes to make one scan (pull image, remove dust, make scan, replace film, enter resulting digital file into database with caption info, etc.): about two minutes under the very best of conditions (not including any Photoshop time needed on the resulting file). OK, 200,000 images @ 2 minutes/image = 400,000 minutes, or just over 833 days straight, working 8 hours per day with no breaks. No thanks.
And…I actually already have thumbnail images of all my slides. The slide itself is a thumbnail. Hold up the slide, look at it.