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O/T - Anyone scanned a bunch of old 35mm slides?

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  1. GBatch_25

    GBatch_25 Active Member

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    I have a bunch (30+ years worth) of 35mm slides and photos I want to scan into digital format. Wondering if anyone here has gone through this process. Did you use a commercial firm to do it OR did you buy a scanner and DIY? If you bought a scanner, what brand and model? If you used a service and care to share the name, I'm open for that.

    Thanks.

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
  2. Jim101

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    Bump because I would like to know also.

    Jim
     
  3. ctreay

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    I would like that info as well. I have a suitcase full I took in the service.

    ctreay
     
  4. pyrdek

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    I have scanned a number of slides (maybe 150 or so) several years ago. I had the use of a couple of different slide scanners because of my work at a college where photography was one on the degrees offered. I can not recall just all which scanners they were. Nikon 4000 and Nikon 8000 with CoolPix software were two but there were a couple other models also. Overall the results, after a learning curve, were quite good.

    There are also some flat bed scanners that have the capability of scanning slide and film negatives but I have not used that function on those scanners.

    The current software used on some of the smaller scanners we now have use Silverfast. This can support a number of different scanners and allows for more adjustment and correction during the scanning process. We have used this with Plustek and Epson scanners. The Epsons were flatbed while the Plustek was a film scanner. The website for Siverfast is listed above if you want to look for yourself.
     
  5. Hauxfan

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    I have done it many times.

    I bought an Epson scanner that had the capability of scanning slides too.

    I can't remember now, but I think it scanned 5 slides at one time.

    I no longer have that particular scanner, but it was a boon for me to do this. Now all of those slides are pictures on my computer and saved on a disc.

    Hauxfan!
     
  6. Pocatello

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    My wife is nearly finished scanning fifty-plus years of her Dad's slides. She has been using Costco, and both she and her Dad are very pleased with the results. They come back on a DVD, with a musical score added, pretty tasteful choices for the most part. There has been only one screw-up, with somebody else's slides on the end of her job, and some of hers missing, but things got sorted out eventually and everybody got their own stuff back. I don't know the cost, and she is asleep, but I will ask her later. I think she plans to start on our slides after her Dad's are done.
     
  7. Go Fish

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    I had some slides made into prints at Walgreens. They can scan your slides and put them on a CD/DVD and I don't think the price was so bad.
     
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    Don't want to steal the thread away from slides, but does anybody know the best way to convert old 8mm home movies to DVD?
     
  9. shooterIII

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    CanoScan 8800F By Canon. I works great.

    Stan
     
  10. shutnlar

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    I have a slide scanner made by VuPoint. Bought it a couple of years ago, $99.
    You feed the slide through the scanner on a tray and save each one to your hard drive/folder. Saw one the other day at Staples and at Best Buy. I think they have improved on them. I scanned about 250-300 slides with it and still have more to do.

    Larry
     
  11. Catpower

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    Don't get an HP scanner, at least a G4050, it does a decent job, but has to go through about 5 minutes of gyrations before it figures out what it wants to do
     
  12. ctreay

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    I have been thinking of setting up my projector ans screen and then setting up my digital camara on a tripod and download that right to my computer and then download that to a CD.

    Has anyone thought about that or tried it? It would cost a small fortune to have a photo shop do my collection.

    ctreay
     
  13. pyrdek

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    In older days when I had to convert 16mm film into television programing, the projector require a special five blade shutter rather then the standard three blade. Using a three blade shutter caused excessive flicker because of the difference in the projected image being shown at 24 frames per second while tv scanning was {very, very) close to 30 frames per second.

    I do not know how a modern digital video camera would handle this since I do not know what frame or scan rate might be used in scanning the image. If you try projecting onto a screen and then capturing the images on a camera please let me know how it turns out.
     
  14. LFT687

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    ctreay,

    I have a ton of my dad's old 35 mm slides. I propped up a white masonite snack tray on the dining room table and projected my slides onto it. I then set my digital camera up on a tabletop tripod, zoomed in to get the best full framed shot and snapped away. Most of the pictures turned out great. By using the overhead diningroom light along with the tripod to keep things steady I avoided having a glare from a flash bounce back and spoil the shot. I brought the picture card to the kiosk at the drugstore and printed out 3 x 5s for 10 cents a piece. I popped the same card into my computer and copied the photos to cds for my brothers.It might take some experimenting, but it's worth a try.

    Dave
     
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    Thanks for that Dave, I'm going to give it a shot. Gotta go to the pawn shop and get a tripod first.

    ctreay
     
  16. Pocatello

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    Gene,

    I asked my wife this morning about the slides. Our son and her nephew are both accomplished amateur photographers and quite computer savvy. They both said that a scanner capable of the quality that would satisfy her would run at least $1500, would take a bit of work to get up to speed on its use, and would take lots of time to actually do the work.

    She and her Dad have been very satisfied with the results from Costco. With his older sister's slides (she died years ago), there were actually more than 70 years of family photos to be done. My wife organized them chronologically, and is ready to take the last batch in. The cost depends on the number of slides in a batch, and a single DVD can hold up to 500 slides. The cost for that size batch currently runs about $100.

    As I said earlier, she will probably start on our slides soon. They run from the early 60s, but aren't as numerous since she did mainly prints the last 30 years or so,
     
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    I use an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo scanner. It's at least 4 years old, but it does an excellent job scanning prints, negatives, and slides.
     
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    Ctreay,

    You can pick up a cheap tabletop tripod at many dollar stores.
     
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    Get the cool scan, if you have the time they do a great job. I work at a newspaper and we use them when someone brings in a slide for publication. I have heard good things about the Epson slide scanners as well.

    Mike
     
  20. GBatch_25

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    Thanks for all the input. After all the research and comments and talking to a few pro and amateur photographers, I decided to try the Epson V700 scanner. I'd love to a Nikon Coolscan, BUT it won't allow me to copy prints AND slides. Besides, the Coolscans run $1500 and up for a decent used one. The Epson was $519.95 new. I'll check back after I use it a bit.

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
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