Need recommendations for inexpensive slide projector

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by cottonchipper, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. I'm looking for an inexpensive 35mm slide projector, either new or
    used. It will be used to project a single image onto a screen for an
    extended period of time (an hour or two), so ability to handle multiple
    slides and change between them is not really needed. Does anybody have
    any recommendations for used models to watch for on eBay that I might
    pick up cheap? I'm not opposed to buying new, but figured used would
    be cheaper.
    cottonchipper, Jul 21, 2005
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  2. eBay has many of them. I have bought several. I bought one that was European
    design and made for 220 volts, and I converted it to 115 volts, because the
    projector bulbs for 115 volts were still being made. The ones without the
    carousel carriers are very cheap, and this seems to be what you could use
    best. I recommend that you buy one like these and put a muffin fan on it to
    keep it cooler than normal, so the slide you have in there for 2 hours
    doesn't burn up with the heat.......
    William Graham, Jul 22, 2005
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  3. cottonchipper

    Peter Chant Guest

    My Leica Pradovit P150 seems to suffer from slides 'popping', though once
    popped they stay their, you just have to refocus. My monster Rank Aldis
    tutor 1000 did not suffer from that. This was an ancient projector
    probably intended for lecture halls. You put in a slide at a time. Slots
    in the casing blew cold air from the fan over the slide preventing it from

    Probally ideal for what you want.

    The '1000' in the name was the hint, it took a 1000 Watt bulb. Not
    recommended for summer use unless you like it a tad hot.

    Peter Chant, Jul 22, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    I'm looking for an inexpensive 35mm slide projector, either
    I hope these will just be duplicates..! Normal slides are *not*
    designed for this type of punishment and may fade significantly or even
    be physically damaged by heat on a poorly designed projector. Always
    check secondhand models to ensure that if they have a slot for an
    infrared filter (a thickish piece of glass that sits between slide and
    globe), that it's there and intact.

    I've used lots of projectors in my time, and ended up not liking
    Carousel ones like the Kodaks because of mediocre image quality, and
    their frequent tendency to jam on (and damage) cardboard mounts if they
    were not perfect. Rolleis and Leicas were good, and if you can find
    one with an upmarket lens, like the Leitz Colorplan series, the image
    quality will be a dramatic improvement over standard lenses.
    chrlz, Jul 22, 2005
  5. What size screen?

    If it's a large screen, you will need to look into an HMI or xenon model.

    For a "standard" (classroom-size) screen, a standard tungsten model will
    be fine. For general use, I like the Kodak Ektagraphic III models, with
    EXR bulbs. They usually go for about $50 on Ebay. Don't get the zoom
    lens--the primes are much sharper.
    Scott Norwood, Jul 22, 2005
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    Ace Guest

    Goodwill or Thrift shops like the Salvaton Army etc.
    Bob AZ
    Ace, Jul 22, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    When I got my Carousel projector (in 1970) I also got a Leitz
    Colorplan 90 mm lens and had it fitted for the Carousel. Very sharp.
    If I have to get another projector (because this one is wearing out),
    i will want one that can use this same lens.
    Father Kodak, Jul 23, 2005
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