How to use loupe with unmounted slides?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Bill Tuthill, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. Bill Tuthill

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    How do I look at unmounted slides with a loupe? Seems to me that
    leaving them in the plastic sleeves will interfere with viewing,
    while taking the film strips out of their sleeves and putting them
    directly on a light-table might cause scratches.

    I don't want to scan every frame!

    Sorry about the naive question, I don't shoot slides much.
    Bill Tuthill, Apr 6, 2005
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  2. If you use clear plastic sleeves, it is fine to look at them in that
    without removing them. Look around to find a processing house which
    returns them in suitable sleeves.

    For many years I have had all my E6 films returned this way - they take
    up vastly less space, and I rarely if ever project slides.

    For several years, I have used The Darkroom, 15 Berkeley Mews, Upper
    High St, Cheltenham GL50 1DY; their processing has always been good,
    reasonably priced (currently £3.60 for 35mm 36 exp.) and the return
    speed is awesome. The sleeves are crystal clear.
    David Littlewood, Apr 7, 2005
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  3. Bill Tuthill

    Alan Browne Guest

    Get them mounted next time. Just the gaps on eachside is protection
    from scratches. Otherwise give your light table a good cleaning, and be
    careful removing and replacing the strips.

    If the plastic sleeves are of a good clear material, they should be
    viewable that way (that's how I look at my 120).

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    Alan Browne, Apr 7, 2005
  4. The EMO 5x loupe comes with a film strip holder.
    Works well for me.

    Christoph Breitkopf, Apr 7, 2005
  5. Bill Tuthill

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    Thanks, that sounds like an ideal solution.
    Where could I buy such a thing? It's hard to find in the US.

    While researching where to buy one, I found references to
    slide projectors that accepts strips instead of,
    or in addition to, mounted slides. If a projector just
    came with a hinge, you could rotate vertical shots easily.
    Bill Tuthill, Apr 7, 2005
  6. B&H lists the optically identical Leica (hope the link works):

    It's a bit more pricey, but has a red dot. ;-)

    Found a used EMO, too:

    Despite the identical optics the have different mounts. The EMO
    can only be used for transparencies, while you can take off the
    outer covering of the leica, and also use it for stamps and so on.

    IMO this leads to a (very) small degradation in contrast because
    of the transparent housing under the outer cover. So I'd now
    prefer the EMO for viewing slides.

    Christoph Breitkopf, Apr 8, 2005
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