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May 16, 2008 11:35 |  #1

i've recently aquired a bunch of 35mm family slides (1970's stuff). a local shop will convert them to a electronic copy for $1.50 each. with th amount of slides i have, i was wondering if i'd be better off buying a scanner that takes the 35mm slides. can anyone give me some advise here? any product suggestions and can you give me some kind of idea of their quality after scanned?

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May 16, 2008 11:55 |  #2

Get a Nikon Coolscan IV or V off e-bay.
Very nice scans, 2900 and 4000 dpi respectively.

Here's a review with a 100% crop of a scan (external link).


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May 16, 2008 22:17 |  #3

I made a duplicator that works fairly well. Do you Cobble? (Slide duplicator)
I've used the Nikon Coolscan & the quality is a higher resolution file that looks pretty good.

The cheapest solution seems to be these guys:
Scancafe.com -- negative & slide scanning service

35mm slides->digital. need scanner recommendations

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http://www.scanmyphoto​s.com (external link) 949-474-7654


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May 16, 2008 22:53 |  #4

my wife just had this same thing done here in a local camera shop, approx 325 slides. It ended up costing about $290 total.

Costco will also do it, and as long as you just want them on CD (rather than DVD) they will do it locally. They would have been a bit less expensive than the camera shop, but my wife doesn't like going into Costco.


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May 17, 2008 00:24 |  #5

Might want to check this out: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=503431


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May 17, 2008 09:44 |  #6

Good link, Jim! But about 2 posts too late? :D


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May 17, 2008 14:29 |  #7

That's odd. Rene's post was the last one showing when I posted?!? ( now up to 1010 he smirks to himself) ;>;)


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May 17, 2008 16:14 |  #8

It depends on how many slides you've got to scan and how long you're prepared to spend scanning them in. But I'd second going for a used scanner off ebay.

I was in a similar position a couple of years ago. I had a load of slides and negatives, some of them over 40 years old. I bought a Minolta film scanner and spent quite a few months scanning them in (as and when I felt like it). I then sold the scanner for £20 more than I'd paid for it. So if you're not in a rush for them then it's likely to cost you very little. If you want them straight away, then get them done commercially, but expect to pay.


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Nov 05, 2010 10:49 as a reply to  @ Bill Roberts's post |  #9

so i came to wisconsin to visit my grandmother 0f 94 years..
she is a hobbiest photographer and started shooting with a mediumformat bellows camera back in the 20's then moved to 35mm in the early 50's

needless to say, i have uncovered more than 6000 slides stored away..

i would love to get these digitized.. does anybody have an idea if there is an easy and quick way to do this?

i imagine a machine that would let you feed in stacks of slides and it would run them over a scanner and spit them back out the otherside..

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Nov 05, 2010 13:27 |  #10

I don't even think they make commercial units that do that. At least nothing that would put out any level of acceptable quality.

I had some negative film I needed scanning quite a few years ago and had it done at a camera store that offered scanning services. Results were horrifically crap. Beside the low scanning rate (2400, if I recall) , there was dust etc..... on the scans. After checking around what a good quality scan would cost, it made far more sense to buy a scanner.

I ended up buying a Canon 4000 along with Vuescan and doing it myself, including stuff I had shot since I was about 8 years old.....so more than a few decades worth of film/slides. Be prepared to spend a LOT of time scanning. I'll say it again, A LOT OF TIME.


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Nov 05, 2010 22:29 |  #11

hmmm..
thanks..
you know if somebody could come up with a way to feed the slides into a holder with a backlight and make use of a1Dmk4 5D or 7D shooting continously, filling the frame, i bet you could do slides pretty quickly with great results..

the only issue is feeding the slides into a holder as fast as the camera can take the picture...

hmmm,, yea..


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Nov 06, 2010 13:23 |  #12

Pick one: http://www.epinions.co​m …arch_string_~fi​lm%20slide (external link)

With a Nikon Coolscan IV (external link) or Coolscan V, you can automatically scan negative strips or, with a Coolscan 4000 or 5000 and an additional module (external link), scan up to 50 mounted slides automatically.


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Nov 06, 2010 16:18 |  #13

The Nikons seem to be perpetually unavailable new so I'm wondering if they're still making them. Another option is to send them out to a service such as ScanCafe. I believe they proof them for you first and you have the option of rejecting up to 50% of them before deciding. That way you're not paying to scan the duds.




  
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Nov 06, 2010 17:23 |  #14

Bought my Coolscan V (new) via e-bay IIRC.
Very nice scanner.

Scanned a bunch of negatives with it for an exposition. I agree with bohdank: It takes a lot of time: Almost impossible to judge sharpness for instance without a (scan) preview.
Slides are less of a problem in that regard.


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Nov 07, 2010 14:25 |  #15

As René says, it'll take a LOT of time.

The first question might be "how high quality do I need?"

Scanning is the only way to get top quality images from slides, but if you want to do it fast there is another way.

Set up a carousel slide projector, set up your camera on a tripod, project and shoot.

This may produce a usable digital image. Only way to find out is to try it.

This method is what a local lab used about 10 years ago to convert a friend's 35mm slides to video tape. Fair quality, except for the slides they put in upside down. :rolleyes:

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