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Photo Reprint Kiosk Film Scanner

Scan negatives at a photo kiosk.
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Popular for several years have been photo reprint kiosks, (a la Kodiak Picture Maker), a kiosk consisting of a computer, scanner, and dye-sublimation printer. You simply place a print on the scanner, manipulate the image, and in minutes a bright and shiny print rolls off the printer. While some people use the kiosk when they don't have the negatives, often people just do an enlargement-from-print just for convienience. I've seen people pick up their photos from the 1-hour desk and immediately take them to the kiosk. However, what you pay for in convienience you lose in quality. Sometimes even when doing an enlargement-from-negative, your negatives become fingerprinted by idiot techs.

And enter the Photo Reprint Kiosk Film Scanner. Simply put a film scanner that the public can use in the kiosk, and let the user do the scanning. Could also be integrated into a digital minilab system 'Digital Camera Developing' kiosk to take the burden of scanning negs off the techs. Since they don't know what they're doing anyway.

No Public: Kiosk or Business: Photo?

Baker^-1, Dec 30 2003

Kodak Picture Maker http://www.kodak.co...S&_requestid=243613
Official website of the kiosk. WARNING: If you live outside the US, the Kodak website will conclude you *do* live in the US when you go to this link, and will forever direct you to the US website. [Baker^-1, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Aladdin Picture Center (Fujifilm) http://www.fujifilm...844&product=6213032
Kiosk that connects to a Frontier minilab for printing digital images. Integrate a film scanner into one and increase lab efficiency. [Baker^-1, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Minolta Scan Dual III Film Scanner http://www.bhphotov...=&sku=264756&is=REG
While not rugged enough for kiosk use, proof that a decent film scanner is inexpensive enough. [Baker^-1, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Some Kodak Picture Maker systems have slide and negative scanners. It's baked, but scarce.
Amos Kito, Dec 30 2003

       Not to mention the quality of flatbed adapters is terrible. Still best to go the film scanner route.
Baker^-1, Dec 30 2003

       The Picture Maker kiosk is a small computer with a scanner and dye-sub printer, for interaction with customers. The frontier is a full-fledged digital minilab which has to be operated by a moderately-trained lifeform.   

       My local Frontier lab doesn't know what they're doing, and they always get their little pawprints all over my negs when I get enlargements. It's a pretty busy, inpersonal lab (Inside the local JumboMart, but its the only Frontier in town) I'd use the Picture Maker kiosk if I didn't mind the 3rd-generation-image quality degradation.
Baker^-1, Dec 30 2003

       Excellent idea, whenever i take a roll of blackmail photos, i can't make enlargements because my photography teacher's always looking over my shoulder. And my enemies won't blackmail themselves...
whatastrangeperson, Dec 30 2003


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