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Scanning 35 mm slides or negatives

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  1. johnbryanpeters

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    A local historian asked me to have 22 slides of paintings by a local artist scanned and cut to disk. It cost me $1.50 per slide for high resolution scans.

    I have hundreds of interesting photos on 35 mm media which I'd like to digitize, but the cost would be prohibitive.

    What's a good scanner that I might be able to get for reasonable money, maybe on eBay? Ideally, it'd handle mounted slides, filmstrips or individual unmounted slides.

    Thanks,

    J
     

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    pinkshirtphotos site moron

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    nikon makes one but its pretty expensive
     
  3. dirttastesgood

    dirttastesgood Turbo Monkey

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    There's one in the school photo lab. It may be broken but I'll find out and if it works you could mail them to me I could scan them up for you.
     
  4. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Some flat bed scanners have the ability to scane Negatives and Un mounted slides, Many Moons ago I help people in out ID deptartment set up a HP scanner to scan negatives in ( which they then using photo shop made into photos ), the software had a special mode for that which set the scan light to a Brighter setting.

    I also have seen some of the HP slide scanners but never saw the output.
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Most flat beds I've used suck at scanning transparencies. A good neg/film scanner will autofocus on the film surface to get crisp resolution. Flat beds can't do this.

    Look for an older Minolta Scan Dual on eBay. I have one and it rocks. Nikon Coolscans are great too.

    Whatever scanner you use, buy a copy of Vuescan. It is worth every penny, far superior to any stock scanner software. It makes old crappy scanners work 1000x better too.
    http://www.hamrick.com/index.html
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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  7. johnbryanpeters

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    Thanks, I'm watching that.
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    We have the Dual Scan III and I love it. The IV in that listing is an even better model.

    Minolta is no more, but I believe you can download drivers, etc via the Sony site.

    Vuescan will run that thing like a fvcking champ.



    The Nikons are hella pricey, even used.
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Farm it out.

    It broke my heart when I threw my $4K badass (at the time) (SCSI) Agfa slide scanner into a dumpster (only after giving it a little peck.)
     
  10. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    my mom's nikon was under $1k, iirc...
     
  11. johnbryanpeters

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    The Nikons have more than twice the resolution, but sweet granny, the price is nutz even before you buy all the accessories they seem to need.