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11/10/2014

SnapScan 9000 - be prepared for a laugh


Can you guess who the nice young man is in the image? It is me as a high school student - important years - where my passion for photography really took off. My god - 35 years has passed since those happy years.

I have just scanned b/w negatives and color slides from these years, and it has been hilarious to see the pictures again. Since many of the images are not something to boast about, the mission was only to get the old negatives and slides converted to digital format. Since I have many pictures from my analog years this conversion process must also go quickly.

Therefore I have just tested JOBO Snapscan 9000. It took med just 5 minutes to unpack it and set up. The scanning process is extremely simple. You install an SD card in the scanner, and then feed negatives or slides into the scanner by the help of various rails and frames - one at a time. The scan process only takes 4 seconds per negative / slide. The scanner has some simple correction options such as built-in color correction (step 6), exposure compensation (6 steps) and rotation, but as such is not intended to edit the picture.

Snapscan 9000 uses a 9 MP CMOS sensor and scanned at 2400 dpi (10 bits per color channel). This does not generate super high resolution but since the objective is convert several thousand negatives and slides into digital form so that they can be displayed on a monitor, then 2400 dpi is sufficient.
On the small 2.4 "screen you can see a preview of the image and if it looks good you click the big red button. Four seconds later, the scan is completed.

The scanner has USB 2.0 and TV-out output. It is very compact with a size of 82 x 6 x 152 mm and weight of 410 grams. Manual in English, German, French and Swedish is included.

But the next photo is proof that Snapscan actually can deliver a great result. It was captured recently with my Nikon FE on Ilford FP4 Plus.


So - if you hold many negatives or slides, then it might be a good idea to purchase a JOBO Snapscan 9000 and have those memories digitized, so you can have a laugh at how silly we looked when we were young and invincible.

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