35mm negative scanning services
Chances are, for every negative you have, you’ve got a matching printed photo in a box or an album somewhere around the house. If you remember, you’d send your roll of film away to Kodak or take it to CVS and they’d send you back the 35mm negatives in plastic sleeves in a yellow envelope with single or double prints, and maybe even a 4″x 6″ contact sheet. There are a lot of chemicals that make your 35mm negatives do what they do, so the longer they sit in this envelopes or plastic sleeves the greater the potential for them to be damaged. With our 35mm negative scanning service, our technicians will scan them frame-by-frame at 2000 DPI (and up) after cleaning, and then optimize your scans for delivery on CD or USB!
Surprisingly enough, the technology for your color 35mm negatives was around long before it was introduced in 1936 as a photography film product for the average consumer. It was still expensive in its earliest stages and didn’t take over the market completely until the 1970s when it edged out black and white photography film, which shifted toward fine art and photojournalism almost exclusively. Most people tend to associate 35mm negatives as the final frontier before switching to digital cameras and that’s mostly right, but they had a long lifespan. Your 35mm negatives, could be as much as 40 years old, and even older if your parents were up on the latest photo technology in the 1930s.
Everything you need to know
about 35mm negative scanning
Common questions about 35mm negative conversion
Are my negatives 35mm?
If you discover a box of negatives with a variety of sizes, because there are a TON of other negative formats (like 110, 126 and disc film), the best way to know is by the size. 35mm negatives are named because the strip is 35mms tall, and because nobody measures in millimeters, that’s 1.38″ tall. It will also have multiple frames with images and perforations on BOTH edges.
How many 35mm negatives are on a roll?
This depends on the kind of 35mm film you have. Most rolls of film had the room for either 24 or 36 exposures. Usually it will say right on the contact sheet, envelope or 35mm film canister.
What do I do if my film is still in the canister and unexposed?
We would love to say, “Absolutely! Send us your unexposed film!” but we only digitize fully exposed rolls or strips of 35mm film. The good news is that there are still companies that develop 35mm film negatives, like The Darkroom in California, a specialty shop primarily focused on 35mm negative production or your local Walgreens or CVS.
35mm negative scanning – From Our Blog
Understanding 35mm negatives
If you want to know even more about your 35mm negatives, you can read more about the format on our blog.
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Glossary of photo terms
35mm negatives are also photos! As you prepare for your consultation, here’s a list of common terms you may hear for your project.
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Amazing 35mm slide scanning job
35mm negatives are not that dissimilar to 35mm slides, and you always find treasures! Check out one of our favorites.
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“We highly recommend EverPresent – these folks were responsive, thorough, and produced a beautiful product for us! Our project was the creation of digital images from 10 year old negatives (which were of a unique size) – we were advised in regards to what could be done and offered a meeting time. We are from the Boston area and were able to visit the main office where we dropped off our negatives and then returned a couple weeks later to retrieve a “memory stick” with our digital photos. The process was efficient from the start – we emailed our inquiry and then had a conversation via phone due to the unique size of the negatives, then our meeting for drop-off. For anyone in the Boston area, we would suggest you trust EverPresent with your photo needs – they do an excellent job! Thank you, EverPresent!”
– Deb G.
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Back Bay & South End
North Attleborough (MA/RI)
or work with us from the comfort of your own home.
You can also ship directly to us!
- Consulations from the privacy of your own home
- Perfect for large or complex projects with multiple formats
- Our certified consultants travel across the Northeast
- Free, no obligations estimate
- Speak with our certified consultants over the phone
- Ship to our headquarters in Newton, MA
Standard & custom 35mm negative scanning pricing
We’ll scan your 35mm negatives to DVD, USB or digital and maintain your organization, including your captions!
- 600 dpi on professional scanners
- Ordered, titled and numbered
- 3 level human eye quality control
- Dust removal, cleaning & orientation
- 2000 DPI on professional scanners
- Unpack & repack of sleeves
- Dust removal via cloth, brush & compressed air
- Ordered, titled & numbered
- Album handling starting at $30
- 4 scanning methods: 300-600 dpi
- Returned as is or in organized photo boxes
- Sleeved, sticky albums & more
- Unique photo projects
- Photo books
- Work one-on-one with our talented designers
Have a large photo scanning project?
Book your consultation online now to save 15%
- Extra USB: Ask your consultant
- Non-standard negatives: Ask your consultant
- Add captions to file name: $0.40/caption
- Add captions to meta data: $0.40/caption
- Add advanced foldering: $0.15/image
- Advanced organizing (keyword search, etc): $80/hour
- Private website: first 90 days free; then $5 to $25/month