- talk to me about scanning slides ?
Yes I did this very thing, to make Christmas gifts for the family.
The slide holder held 3 slides, this took a good few seconds to place them all in correctly, placing them into the scanner took another few seconds, then, pushing them through the scanner took a few seconds, but it was the light correcting and getting the focus right which took me ages.
The way I did it was an hour each night after work, otherwise you'll go bonkers 🙂
Oh yes, forgot to mention, I had to dust each and every one – arrrggghhh.
So the conclusion (rockhopper is correct) 1,000 Is going to take a long time.Posted 9 years agoZedsdeadMember
My wife uses one of these
For £60 it's great. 6 slides at a time and our computer is a year old – it does the job fairly quickly. The results are pretty good. Sure it's not going to be pixel perfect like modern digital photos, but they do have the feel of an old film camera which is exactly what they are.
I'm sure she has some of them on Flickr – if I find them I'll post a link…Posted 9 years agoHadgeMember
Buy a decent scanner (say a Canon 8800F) and then scan them, plus any photo's you have and after you've finished sell it. You will easily get at least 3/4 of your money back especially if you keep it in good condition. Yes it will take a while but you can remove bit's of dust etc on your slides and crop them easily too. Well worth it in the end too.Posted 9 years agonbtMember
I wouldn't bother wit the high-end stuff scanners unless you are going to spend serious money and do some serious work in photohop or the like. – if you want to get prints, you can always print from the slides themselves. Assuming you just want a copy on the PC for ease of viewing, then the aldi job is fine. I got one of the Aldi jobbies last time round, it's EXACTLY the same as the one in the maplin link from Zedsdead, note though that it take 6 negatives or 3 slides. The new aldi one has a neat built in screen, I like that. If you want to borrow our scanner just let me know – we're unlikely ever to use it again TBH. If you decide to go to your local Aldo, make sure you;r there at opening time – first time I went to get one I went at lunch and they'd all gone. Second time I was there at 9am opening, fifth in the queue and by the time I'd purchased mine at 9.10, I got the 7th of the 8 they'd had delivered…Posted 9 years agofinneganMember
Seconding Bunnyhop and Dr and geoff j – a dedicated slide scanner will get you the best results by far (we have highish-end flatbeds at work, and my eBay Minolta slide scanner beats them hands down), but it takes a *very* long time and a lot of care re dust. I wouldn't even contemplate scanning 1000.Posted 9 years agoblaggersSubscriber
I did some family history slides using a D300 and a lightbox from Jessops. Set the camara on a tripod and set focus manually, then blew dust off the slide with a rocket blower, placed at preset position on lightbox and took 10 megapixel photo. It was fine as the quality of the original slides weren't perfect . Lightbox was about £20, and I had the rest. You could always get a first set done like this and professionally do the best ones. I found indexing them was the most difficult-no exif data relevant to the slide 😉Posted 9 years agoSteve_BMember
I bought a CanoScan 5600F- £100. A lot of the scanners that get good recommendations are not available anymore – dont know whether cheaper ones have improved or the market just isn't there.
Negs Scanned at 1200DPI takes about 1min – it will also do slides and scan at 4800dpi. I didn't notice a big enough difference to justify the extra time for better quality. I thought I would get them all in fairly fast and then see what could be improved on the better ones. I did about 150 in a couple of evenings in a first burst of enthusiasm – and then found better things to do!
result below with no precleaning and nothing altered – bit grainy but good enough for an archive for me
The problem with negs is old ones have curved so giving a rainbow effect across some of the scans but slides should be better.Posted 9 years agonickbSubscriber
I'm looking at doing something similar, but using these guys:
48p/slide quoted, but I'd hope you can get a better deal.
NickPosted 9 years agoglenpMember
Even £1 a slide is not expensive – the expensive thing is that you have 1000 of them! Dedicated slide scanner is vastly better than flat bed or other alternative (can't imagine the Aldi one is going to be all that great). I'd reduce the number if at all possible and send them off to a service.Posted 9 years agohoodooMember
I've just had 857 slides done at £0.16 a slide from Karmaan. Partly chose him because he is based in Swindon and I live in Chippenham. It was cheaper to deliver the slides by hand than posting and eliminate any worries about getting things lost in the post.
He uses a dedicated high end slide scanner that produces images of approximately 4800 x 3200. That's big. You probably won't be able to achieve that with a cheapo slide scanner or flat bed scanner with an adapter. Also, do you really have to the time to scan 800, 900 or 1000 slides without going insane?Posted 9 years ago
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