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35mm transparencies..
Old 12-27-2008, 01:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What to do with years of them?

Anyone use a transfer service or any of the converters you can buy and digitize your own?
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Re: 35mm transparencies..
Old 12-27-2008, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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FWIW - I used to scan my own slides and negatives using a HP Photosmart scanner - not a excellent scanner, but a decent one, if handled well. I used a third-party package which improved the dynamic range and flexibility of use.
Getting good scans was a royal pain! If you think dust is a problem with your digital sensor, wait until you scan slides during the (dry) winter. We live in an older home, with forced hot-air heating that used to be powered by a coal furnance - so it's dustier than new construction, and maybe I'm more critical (my wife would say whiny) than most, but it was terrible. Compressed air, brushes, squeeze bulbs - scan, de-dust, scan again, maybe dedust some more.
People who were using the high-end (at the time) Nikon Coolscans (?) seemed less frustrated. But, as I recall, the general consensus was that scanning was a really tedious process.
OTOH, I never tried a service. If I were doing a small-to-modest number, I'd go that route today.

I don't know whether this would work, or how easy it would be, but we used to copy (even crop) slides film-to-film using a bellows-like attachment. Depending on your camera body, you might be able to do the same digitally.

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Old 12-28-2008, 01:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought a dedicated slide scanner. I have it set up on a separate computer, and when I have time I double duty, scan between other things. It's taken many hours. I almost think it was worth it.
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