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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?
Kodak Picture Maker
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)
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
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]
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||Some Kodak Picture Maker systems have slide and negative scanners. It's baked, but scarce.
||Not to mention the quality of flatbed adapters is terrible. Still best to go the film scanner route.
||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.
||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...