I did all my 5,000 negatives a few winters ago. I bought a Canon CanoScan 4400F, where you can insert 4-frame negative strip to scan. There are many options and settings, plus Canon includes nice photo editing software (Photo Studio).
All in all however, if I had to do this project over again, I'd scan most of the printed photos instead of the negatives. You can try it both ways and compare the quality of the scans. On one hand, I'm not really satisfied with the picture quality of scanned negatives, but if the printed photos are faded or otherwise deteriorating, then scanning the negative would probably be better. Either way, don't expect anything near the photo quality of today's digital cameras.
Another big "however", is that if you have lots of old negatives, I guarantee you will find negatives for which you have no prints, and probably never knew you had those pictures. I found several pleasant surprises. I can't explain why I have negatives of old childhood friends when I don't have the prints, and don't ever recall seeing a print!
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