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Scan Your Old Negatives DIY Style, Using a DSLR and Toilet Paper Rolls

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We didn't always have digital cameras, and those negatives still laying at the bottom of some dusty drawer are proof. Now you can easily and affordably digitize those memories.

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Heavy duty Nikon scanners can run you upwards of $1,000. Photographer Claus Thiim created his own scanner by attaching two toilet paper rolls to a polarize filter (with the glass removed) to the front of a DSLR camera. A plastic 35mm slide-mount was attached to the end and opened on the sides, so film can slide right through.

Voila! Capture each frame and you're done with the film. Bonus: You can use this method for traditional B&W film and forget about the dark room, for you more artsy types. [DIY Photography via Wired]

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I've got an 8-year-old Epson flatbed scanner that came with a tray I could insert negatives into. I think it cost $70, and it's 1600dpi, so is this DIY solution not just absurd overkill?