Best way to get Mounted slides to digital?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Kristine, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Kristine

    Kristine Guest

    I have an Epson scanner that has an attachment (and software) to do slides (& negatives). It didn't
    cost much more than your budget. I use it to scan negs. Black and White I print myself. Colour goes
    to the professional developers in 300dpi. Doesn't get much easier than that.

    Kristine, Oct 16, 2003
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  2. I've got about 300 or so mounted slides and maybe 30 or so unmounted.

    I'm looking for the best (cost vs quality) way to get digital versions
    of them. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 ways:
    1. Take them to a scanning bureau and get them scanned.
    2. Buy a scanner with a slide attachment
    3. Buy a mount for my Canon G2

    I'd like to end up with about a 4 megapixel image. Budget is around

    Suggestions, thoughts?
    Chris McMahon, Oct 17, 2003
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  3. The trouble you might find is balancing your budget against your
    requirements, especially if you are seeking something more than a cheap and
    nasty scan.

    Kodak PhotoCD may be within your budget but you will have to seriously
    consider the lack of operator training, skill and colour management with
    that process.


    Glenn McCarter

    Digital Lucida
    478 - 480 Rathdowne St
    Carlton North Vic 3054
    Ph. (03) 9349 5159
    Fx . (03) 9349 5153
    Glenn McCarter, Oct 17, 2003
  4. Kristine

    Wiz Guest

    Double your budget and get a slide scanner yourself. Cheaper in the long

    None of your options are satisfactory.

    With a $300 budget:

    I don't think anyone will scan slides for $1 each.

    Flatbeds do not get great results.

    Digital cameras are still not the answer unless your are prepared to do
    heaps of work.
    Wiz, Oct 17, 2003
  5. Kristine

    [BnH] Guest

    300 mounted and another 30+ unmounted.

    well .. for a $300 budget option 2 is not possible.
    as to scan slides or negs, I would really recommend scanner with ICE
    or you can spend min 10 mins polishing a single frame :p

    opt 3, is not really good as you can't expect hiquality scans out of it.
    [but for fun purpose .. that's ok]

    try opt 1 ... but don't know if someone want to do 300+ slides @ that price.

    what sort of quality are you expecting btw ?
    4mpx is just a size, but do you want raw scan ?

    [BnH], Oct 17, 2003
  6. Depending on the quality you want, $299 inc GST gets a Canonscan
    CS5000F 2400 X 4800 optical scanner that'll do slides and negs, but
    the option of putting a mount onto the G2 is much cheaper... if you
    want a rough idea of what you'll get with the G2, put a white sheet
    over a nice bright bedside/desk lamp, put the slide on it, use your G2
    in macro mode and go as close as you can and still focus - ideally on
    a tripod, for stability, and take a sample shot... for the "mum & dad"
    market, that's usually all they need... for your use, you may need
    better, in which case, go the scanner...

    Stuart Elflett, Oct 17, 2003
  7. Kristine

    Adam F Guest

    Consider the many auctions on ebay for HP S20xi scanners (mostly in
    They go for about US$100-150 and would be better than any flatbed (though
    they are considered low-end film scanners, but hey whaddya expect).
    As a bonus it can scan prints and cd covers.

    Adam F
    Adam F, Oct 17, 2003
  8. You could buy a proper slide scanner (second hand), do the scanning,
    then sell the scanner. If you buy and sell well, it would end up
    less than $300, though you will need to put up more money initially.

    You will also need to know what you are doing (or teach yourself), have
    a suitable computer and software, and have 30 or 40 hours to devote to
    it. If you want, you could get much higher resolution files than the
    4 megapixels you mention.

    Peter Marquis-Kyle
    Peter Marquis-Kyle, Oct 17, 2003
  9. Kristine

    [BnH] Guest

    or use the 7 days money back guarantee ... hmmmmm :D

    [BnH], Oct 17, 2003
  10. Kristine

    tim sewell Guest

    Hi, Glenn,

    I have copied fairly ancient (ie 1958) colour slides with reasonable results
    with my Nikon Coolpix 990 and the slide copying attachment that Nikon market
    for it. Come to think of it, the Nikon attachment (ES-E28, AUS$149 incl
    GST according to Maxwell,817998,Nikon+Slide+copy+adapter,75%,1,0,0,2,3
    will fit any camera with a 28mm filter screw, or with a stepup/down ring if
    necessary (provided that the camera will focus close enough, of course).

    You might also follow this link up, and end up well within your budget??


    Tim S.
    tim sewell, Oct 17, 2003
  11. Kristine

    Russ Guest

    I'd suggest talking to this bunch:
    about PhotoCD - they might do you a deal for a large number. I had a few
    hundred autoscanned by them a while back and the quality was excellent
    considering the automated processing.

    Russ, Oct 17, 2003
  12. Kristine

    Wiz Guest

    I suggest that you have more than $300 for them to do that
    Wiz, Oct 17, 2003
  13. The 5000f sounds like it may do the job. It's got a couple of good
    reviews here;
    Chris McMahon, Oct 17, 2003
  14. Kristine

    Roy Mock Guest

    ......... not to mention storage space. You may also consider storage means
    e.g. CDs or whatever.
    Roy Mock, Oct 17, 2003
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