35mm Slide & Negative Digital Converter... worth it?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by -Lost, Oct 4, 2007.

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    -Lost Guest

    I was hoping that some of you who understand the mechanics behind
    photography and scanning better than I, could tell me whether or not
    they think this is worth it or not.

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/cameras/9a24/?cpg=59H

    And if not, are there other alternatives to getting them into digital
    format? Besides getting the negatives developed again and scanned of
    course.

    Thanks!
     
    -Lost, Oct 4, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    As film scanners go it looks like a Christmas cracker novelty gift, but
    I suppose it's possible that it produces vaguely aceptable results,
    depending on your requirements. I wonder why they don't include any
    example scans with the advert.
    You mean "getting the negatives /printed/ again". Most photo printing
    outlets will scan slides and negs to CD/DVD at a reasonable cost.
     
    Rob Morley, Oct 4, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    I thought the same thing basically. It looks really cheap and I had
    no clue what correlation a 5MP CMOS has with its abilities to produce
    digital images from negatives.
    Oops, yeah, print them. I do not suppose "most photo printing
    outlets..." would include Wal-Mart would it?

    Not to long ago we had family photos taken and they offered a "disk
    of the shoot." I said sure, and for over $10 I thought surely it
    would be large resolution images on CD. No, it was ~60KB < 350x350
    pixels images on a friggin' floppy disk.
     
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Well, a 35mm neg is 24mm x 36mm. Assuming the CMOS is similarly
    proportioned it would be about 1800 x 2700 pixels which is 75 pixels/mm
    or 1875 PPI. But numbers don't tell the whole story, any more than
    you'd buy a camera on pixel count alone.
    Dunno - we don't have them over here.
    Do you live in the land that time forgot? :)
     
    Rob Morley, Oct 4, 2007
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  5. -Lost wrote
    Some manufacturers make slide conversion tubes for thier
    cameras. The tube fits on the camera like a normal lens
    and the slides slot into a mount at the aperture. you simply
    point the camera at a good light source, ie the sky, and
    shoot. Slide instantly becomes digital. Cheaper than scanning.

    I just Googled these guys ...

    http://www.photosolve.com/main/product/xtendaslide/index.html

    Chris
     
    Chris Gilbert, Oct 4, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    If you have a camera with good macro you don't really need any
    specialist hardware, just something to hold the film and something to
    diffuse the light shining through it.
     
    Rob Morley, Oct 4, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    Lucky you. (See rant below.)

    What type of places would you recommend? Any place that offers nice
    high-resolution images is OK in my book.
    Heh. It is funny you saying that. When the lady handed me the disk
    I looked around at everybody like, "What the hell?" The oldest of
    the group said this EXACTLY, "Yay! Now we can party like it's 1989!"

    When we were done laughing I asked the lady if the floppy contained a
    text file that contained a link to the Web site where I could
    download larger images and she looked at me all crazy realizing I was
    being sarcastic.

    I then said, "What!? It is no crazier than you handing me a $0.10
    floppy disk for $10 with the images I am paying $50+ for!"

    Needless to say I said screw that, I got my money back but ONLY after
    pitching a fit.
     
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    -Lost Guest

    I am not too sure if I would call my camera's macro ability "good."
    MAYBE OK, but that is about it. Then again I do not have a
    professional camera or SLR or anything.

    In fact my camera is probably considered low-end consumer by now.
    Kodak P850 5.1MP.
     
    -Lost, Oct 4, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    Response from "Chris Gilbert"
    Awesome! They have parts for my camera to boot. I am not really to
    confident in my camera's macro ability so this may be the ticket.

    Thanks for the information and link, Chris.
     
    -Lost, Oct 4, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    If you enjoy gambling spend the hundred bucks on an unknown,
    brandless, slide & negative "converter" of unknown origin or
    reputation. Nor does it mention dust removal or multiple scans or
    speed of scan or why only jpeg?
     
    Frank Arthur, Oct 4, 2007
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    ray Guest

    You can get a decent Epson scanner with slide/negative capabilities from
    the Epson online store for about the same price. I imagine the difference
    in quality would be minimal.
     
    ray, Oct 4, 2007
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    Marvin Guest

    For just about the same price I bought an Epson Perfection
    3490 Photo scanner that does an excellent job of scanning
    slides, and much more besides. With built in correction for
    dust and fading.
     
    Marvin, Oct 4, 2007
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  13. -Lost wrote
    Glad to help. I hope it works well for you.

    Chris
     
    Chris Gilbert, Oct 4, 2007
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    Pete D Guest


    Best way to convert slides and negatives is with a dedicated scanner. Next
    best would be a flat bed scanner with slide and film adapters. I have a
    Canon 8400F and it does a very good job on slides for quite a low cost and
    allows you to do 8 slides at a time.

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
    Pete D, Oct 4, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    Noted and no thanks!

    I am going to use Chris' suggestion for camera adapters and also the
    great ones about getting a dedicated scanner. Since I need a new one
    anyway it may be the overall solution.

    Thanks for the input, Frank. I appreciate it.
     
    -Lost, Oct 5, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    Cool. Thanks for the idea!
     
    -Lost, Oct 5, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    Thanks for the tip. I am definitely going to price shop for some
    scanners as well.
     
    -Lost, Oct 5, 2007
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    -Lost Guest

    Thanks, Pete. As I said previously I am definitely going to do some
    price shopping for scanners as well as check into camera attachments.
     
    -Lost, Oct 5, 2007
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    May Guest

    For overall quality I've found that drum scanners work best. Because
    they are vertical there isn't as big a worry of dust particles. And
    since the negs/slides are viewed buy light source through them the
    quality is as good as an enlarger. Just my opinion... but we used this
    set-up at the newspaper I worked for a few years back. I believe it
    was an Epson scanner.
     
    May, Oct 5, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Drum scanners are considerably more expensive than the flatbeds though. Not
    sure that they suit slides either.
     
    Pete D, Oct 5, 2007
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