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If like me you have negatives from films that the original photographs have long disappeared this device gives you a way to get new photographs. It is made from good quality board and you need to follow the clear – but simple – instructions to erect the scanner, next you download the PictoScanner App and then feed in your negatives focus and then you have a Colour or even Black & White image on your phone, now you can print them out.

PictoScanner Scanner for Negatives Slides and Films
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The PictoScanner comes in a box measuring 15x10x3cm and the scanner unit folds out from the base so when not required it can be collapsed again to save it from possible damage.

You will need 2x ‘AA’ batteries that fit into the unit as shown in the instructions and there is a simple on/off button on the base of the unit to turn the light source on/off.

It can take either single film negatives or a strip which can be fed through most of mine seen to be three or four in a strip.

After adjustment of the image you take an image on your phone basic manipulation is available in the App. Your SmartPhone must be able to take images as close as 8cm. However I was reviewing a Canon Printer at the time and their photo manipulating software allows you to get a sharp clear image that in several cases I produced full Borderless image of people long gone and if I still had an image it would probably be dog eared faded or both, while the main purpose of the PictoScanner is to give you images on your phone it is possible to go the extra step as I did.

It is also possible to capture a ‘positive’ image from a photograph but that will only really work on the very small photographs of sixty or so years ago or capture just a portion of a slightly larger photograph.

Some of my best results came from really old black and white images.

If you have mounted slides it can also work with these.

However do not expect miracles just improvements. If the negative is scratched or damaged so will the new image. But the beauty of the negatives is that in a lot of cases they never left the sleeve they came in from the Chemist or in slightly later times through the post.

In those days you never knew what you captured, you know what your eye saw, but only when you saw the developed photograph did you truly see what was captured.

Nowadays we all take hundreds of photos on our phones and just delete the rubbish ones that day, in the days of Chemists – remember the whole film could take weeks or months to be completed – it could be Christmas before your summer holiday week was rediscovered.

The PictoScanner is available from Amazon for £34.54 including free delivery.

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