I have a mixed bag of hundreds of 35mm transparencies and negatives that I would like to scan. These were taken beginning about 1950 by my parents and myself. I also have a small number (couple dozen) old b&w negatives from the 1920s-40s in various weird sizes, all smaller than 4x5.
When I printed them some years back, I had to make custom negative carriers to hold them. I have a two-part question:
1) Am I better off getting a 35mm scanner to do all the 35mm slides and negs, and handling the b&w negs separately? If so, what is the best scanner? I'll spend whatever is needed to do it right, although I'd prefer keeping it under $1K. I run Windows OS on everything.
2) Am I better off with a flat-bed scanner that can handle all the sizes of film? I currently have an Epson Expression 1600 that is, in theory, able to handle various sizes of film, but I guess I'm assuming that it probably isn't really top quality/convenience for what I need. If flat-bed is the way to go, which one?
I've read the reviews of film scanners here, and am not really able to tell which would be best for what I need. Any specific suggestions would be much appreciated.