Good value slide scanner and software?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Putty, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Putty

    Putty Guest

    I've never owned a scanner and have several hundred (maybe even a
    couple thousand) 35 mm color slides that need scanning into a digital
    format.

    The projector is long gone and I have a hunch that viewing photos on a
    TV/computer is more popular and convenient (I didn't say better).

    I'm hoping for suggestions for a good slide scanner. It's got to be
    good enough quality for the result to hold up well when viewed on a
    decent TV. Speed is important as is the software package.

    Bang for the buck a requirement.

    I know this could lead to endless, and highly technical, discussion
    and debate, but would prefer the bottom line.

    If you had a life's worth of family slides and wanted to scan them,
    primarily for sharing, what tools would you choose?

    Thanks for any replies,
    Putty
     
    Putty, Jan 1, 2004
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  2. IF (and that is in capital letters) all you want todo is view your slides
    on a TV, practically anything will do.
    Capturing enough image quality for TV viewing is probably the LEAST
    demanding task you can ask of a scanner.
    A flatbed scanner with a slide adapter is quite sufficient. A film scanner
    is overkill.
    If you have a half way decent macro setting on your digicam, you can
    photograph the slide and crop it to your liking in a photo editor.
    Bob Williams
     
    Robert E. Williams, Jan 1, 2004
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  3. Putty

    Bluenose Guest

    Let me second both earlier posts. A slide scanner gives way more than what
    you need. However, if you choose to go that route, the Minolta Dimage III
    is great for the money.

    I just bought one last month from B&H to put my father's slide collections
    on CD to share with the family.

    Although it does not have nice dust/scratch removal ICE system of scanners
    costing two to three times as much, I figure to sell mine for 40% off new
    retail in six months when I am done the project.

    Compared to paying for professional conversions, this will represent a huge
    savings. and, although tedious, I enjoy having the creative control on each
    slide.

    Good luck,

    Bruce
     
    Bluenose, Jan 1, 2004
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  4. Sharp pencil lines have very high contrast which is what the Autofocus
    mechanism looks for.
    You might try making a neutral gray mask that covers the slide mounting. Then
    the camera has nothing to focus on except the slide itself. Gray is important
    because B/W/Colored would affect the exposure setting and probably the White
    Balance as well.
    Bob Williams
     
    Robert E. Williams, Jan 3, 2004
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  5. Yes Indeed! It certainly is. Just burn your images in jpeg to a CD disk.
    Your DVD player must be jpeg compatible to play your CD full of jpeg images.
    Most DVD players, purchased within the last year, even the very inexpensive ones,
    have this capability. Some older units are not jpeg compatible so you have to
    check. It is not uncommon to see very capable DVD players on sale for less than
    $50.
    Bob Williams
     
    Robert E. Williams, Jan 3, 2004
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