I have several hundred negatives dating from the 1930s and 1940s, and possibly some of them are from the1950s as well. I don't know what film types were used and they are in all sizes and shapes from tiny to quite large, square to rectangular. What I would like to do is have them converted into JPGs. On the face of it, it seems an easy thing to do but I've run into some problems.
I have a little gizmo that lets me convert the old standard 35 mm slides and negatives into JPGs and it also was helpful with a few other sizes but not the ones described above. I took some of them to a Walgreens for some advice and their photo developers said they couldn't do it with their equipment and they recommended trying a camera shop. I don't have a camera shop anywhere near me and don't really want to make a day trip out of it.
Before digital cameras, I used the mail services of Clark Color Labs and also York Color Labs. I checked online to see if they were still in business and yes they are, primarily for reprints. The problem with them and with other online outfits was that I need to know what size these negatives are before I can go any further. I don't have any idea!!
Coincidentally, our small local newspaper recently printed an ad for turning old negatives into photos ~~ $5.00 a negative!! That's a bit pricey especially when I want to do hundreds of them.
I didn't even reaIize until recently that some scanners have the option of converting negatives into files. I do have a small basic scanner but it doesn't work with negatives. Does anyone here have one of those that does?
I'd appreciate some recommendations on a reliable, easy to use scanner with the versatility to allow me to work with these oddball sized negatives.
And if I'm overlooking yet another option, point me in the right direction! Thank you!