35mm slide scanners

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Cactus Bob, Jan 16, 2007.

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    Cactus Bob Guest

    Hello Everyone:

    I have a lot of 35mm slides and some negatives I would like to scan.
    The files do not have to be of commercial quality, I just want to be
    able to make a 8x10 or smaller prints.

    Are there any suggestions for either dedicated scanners or combos
    (flatbed + tray for slides)? Given the personal use of the files, I
    don't want to spend a lot of money.

    Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

    --Cactus Bob
    Cactus Bob, Jan 16, 2007
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    Steven Stone Guest

    |Hello Everyone:
    |I have a lot of 35mm slides and some negatives I would like to scan.
    |The files do not have to be of commercial quality, I just want to be
    |able to make a 8x10 or smaller prints.

    How rich do you feel ?
    Do you want the process to go as fast as possible or are you willing to
    use a slower machine if it was cheaper but provided same quality as the
    more expensive unit ? Do you care how noisy the stepper motor and gears
    are in your room ?
    Steven Stone, Jan 16, 2007
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    ray Guest

    Dedicated scanners are a lot better. They are also considerably more
    expensive. I've had decent results from an Epson flatbed on reasonably
    exposed slides, but if they're a bit dark it's a PITA.
    ray, Jan 16, 2007
  4. From what you describe as your end use, the Plustek Optikfilm 7200 would
    seem your best bet. The supplied Silverfast SE software that comes with it
    is alone worth the price. In the UK this is around £130.

    Dennis Pogson, Jan 16, 2007
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    Cgiorgio Guest

    Probably over the budget the poster has assigned for this hobby task. The
    OEM manufacturer is Pacific Image Electronics www.scanace.com Powerslide
    3600 or Powerslide 3650.
    Cgiorgio, Jan 16, 2007

  6. I went half-and-half with a friend who also had 1200 or so slides to
    scan. We bought a "demo" Nikon Coolscan V on eBay (about $600 ) -
    scanned our slides and sold it back a few months later on eBay for about
    TheNewsGuy (Mike), Jan 16, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    Before buying a film scanner, ask yourself if you can stand it having to
    insert slides individually, wait the 5 minutes for the full scan, and then
    start the process over again.

    There is a scanner by Braun that allows you to set an entire carousel tray
    full of slides into it, and the scanner dutifully scans them automatically.
    Costs about $1200 at amazon.com. Pricey, but if you have a LOT of slides to
    scan it may be the only reasonable solution.

    The Digital ICE3 adds a lot of time, but it is essential. It would take you
    an hour to spot your slide, and Digital ICE3 does it in 5 minutes.

    Don't even think of buying a scanner without ICE3. You will deeply regret
    it if you fail to get this--and it cannot be added on later--either your
    scanner has it or it never can get it.

    It is the need to sit there and wait, scan after scan, that is so
    frustrating. A cheap scanner might result in your deciding not to have to
    go through that process of waiting--and your slides may never get scanned.
    Do some soul-searching before committing to an inferior scanner.
    jeremy, Jan 16, 2007
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    Scanning the slides is only part of the story, you still have to do the
    post-processing to ensure a well-exposed flawless digital image. My Plustek
    Opticfilm 7200 takes about 12 secs to pre-scan a slide at 360dpi, quite
    enough for viewing on a PC monitor and printing up tp A4, which I suspect
    the poster is looking to do.

    Why pay hundreds of dollars for overkill?

    Dennis Pogson, Jan 17, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    The old Kodak PhotoCD had an optical resolution of 3072 x 2048, and a DMAX
    of 2.2. Kodak alleged that they were able to pull all of the information
    from the frame at those specifications.

    If all one wants is an occasional scan to make prints, then your solution
    might be sufficient. But for about $350 he can get a scanner that exceeds
    the Kodak PhotoCD specs AND has Digital ICE3, Digital ROC (Restoration of
    colors) and Digital GEM (Grain Enhancement and Management), and he can get
    real quality scans. If he goes with the $1200.00 model he can also have his
    slides scanned in batches of about 100 per session, rather than

    The ICE3 adds to the scan time, but I have never had to do any post-scan
    corrections, so it is time well spent. In fact, my scanner sets auto gamma,
    auto white point and individually sets black point on each frame, so all I
    have to do is insert the roll, start the process, and come back in 2 hours
    and all my scans are done--automatically and properly-exposed.
    jeremy, Jan 17, 2007
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    MG Guest

    This is what I did:

    The quality isn't that great, but is fine for family and holiday snapshots.
    It is very quick compared to scanning.

    You can always to a better scan of selected photos.

    MG, Jan 18, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Did you mean the "beast" or the "bomb"? <g>
    ASAAR, Jan 18, 2007
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    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Paul:

    He listed his full name and street address, in his signature line.
    (Hint: He's in Indianapolis, IN, USA.)

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jan 21, 2007
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    MB Guest

    I'd like to look at your link, but IE says it's not available. Why that do
    you suppose?
    MB, Jan 23, 2007
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    MG Guest

    Just clicked on the link and it worked for me. No idea why it isn't working
    for you. Try again and see what happens.

    MG, Jan 23, 2007
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    John Turco Guest

    Keith nuttle wrote:

    Hello, Keith:

    I just wanted to offer my congratulations, on the Indianapolis
    Colts' Super Bowl victory (29-17, over the Chicago Bears),
    yesterday (Sunday, 2-4-07).

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Feb 6, 2007
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