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At Orms Print Room, we offer all types of scans to suit your needs.

We scan slides, large and medium format negatives, 35mm negatives and photographs. Once digitised, we can burn the images to a DVD, CD or portable media device of your choice.

If dust somehow creeps in during the scanning process, we are sure to clean or retouch the dust spots in our scans. If the original negative or artwork was marked or scratched when we received it, we can retouch the scan for you at an additional cost.

See our Size Guide below for all the technical details.

Turnaround time:

3 working days

Photo Scanning Prices:
All of our photo scanning prices can be accessed via the tab below.

Scan Size Guide:

You can scan from your original artwork or photos to any size up to A0. It all depends on the size and quality of the original.

Most negatives (35 mm and larger) can be scanned to A0, however 110 negatives and microfilm can only be scanned to A5, due to the small size of the film.

Scans from: File Size Longest Side Scanner
35 mm negatives Up to 550 MB 1200 mm Imacon FlexTight
110 negatives Up to 15 MB 200 mm Imacon FlexTight
120 negatives Up to 550 MB 1200 mm Imacon FlexTight
4×5 negatives Up to 550 MB 1200 mm Imacon FlexTight
8×10 negatives Up to 550 MB 1200 mm Epson Flatbed
Panoramic negatives Up to 150 MB 1500 mm Epson Flatbed
Artwork/Photos Up to 550 MB 1500 mm Epson Flatbed


  • The largest original artwork/photo we can scan on the flatbed scanner is about 800 mm wide and about 1400 mm in height.
  • We have 35 mm, 6×6”, 6×7” and 4×5” negative masks, which can be modified to scan odd size negs.

Frontier Scans:

We also scan 35mm and 120mm negatives on our Frontier scanners in the following overall file sizes:

Resolution When opened in Photoshop: Print Size
Scan’s File Size Scan’s DPI
High res. 14 MB 72 dpi 8×12 (A4)


High-res Scanning Prices:

Our scanning price structure works according to file output size. E.g. If you need a photo or a negative scanned to A2 final size, you will be charged for an A2 scan.

Size Aprrox. File Size 8-bit Price 16-bit Price
A5 (210mm width) 10 MB R30 R60
A4 (297 x 210 mm) 25 MB R50 R100
A3 (420 x 297 mm) 50 MB R90 R180
A2 (594 x 420 mm) 100 MB R180 R360
A1 (841 x 594 mm) 200 MB R300 R600
A0 (1189 x 841 mm) 400 MB R500 R1000

Q&A with Rashieqh Abader
- Scanning Specialist

Not just a scanning expert, Rashieqh also cleans, colour corrects and prepares scanned images for final delivery.
What scanners do you use?

I use the Imacon FlexTight Scanner for negatives and slides, and the Epson Expression 10000XL Flatbed Scanner for anything from old photos to large paintings and canvases up to A0 (1200 x 840 mm).

What resolution do you scan at?

Quality is always my priority when I scan. I scan at 300 dpi when using the Flatbed Scanner; but when using the Imacon Scanner, I scan 35 mm negs at 5500 dpi and 120 film at 3000 dpi, and then convert the scans to 300 dpi. It’s no problem to produce a scan at a higher resolution if you wish.

What is the difference between low-res and high-res scanning?

Low-resolution scans have less pixels and therefore less detail in them. High-resolution pictures have more pixels in them, and therefore the image has more detail.

Do you scan in 8-bit or 16-bit?

I scan in 8-bit, but you can request a 16-bit scan file. As 16-bit scans have a bigger colour range, and a bigger file size, you will be charged accordingly.

What is the colour profile of your scans?

I scan using the Adobe RGB colour profile.

What type of files are your scans?

I save my scans as uncompressed TIFF files so you don’t lose any picture quality. I can easily convert your TIFF files to JPEG (.jpg) if you need me to.

What is the difference between grain and noise?

Grain is part of the actual film – the more sensitive/faster the film, the larger the grains.
Noise is a digital term relating to the size of each pixel – the more pixels you have, the less noise you’ll see when you view your image.

Why are some scans grainier or noisier than others?

There are a few factors that influence the amount of grain or noise visible in the final scan:

  • If a negative is over- or underexposed and is scanned to see more detail in the image or made much darker, you will see grain on the scanned file.
  • The speed of the film, the higher the ASA of the film the more grain you will see.

E.g. 100 ASA film will have the least grain, and 3200 ASA will have the most grain.

  • Cross-processed negatives have the most grain.
  • Film that has been pushed or pulled in processing will also have more grain.

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