Old transparencies

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Paul, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hiya all,

    I wondered if anyone could tell me the best way of copying old

    Paul, Dec 4, 2004
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  2. Paul

    John DH Guest

    Hi Paul,

    Depends on how you define best, if you mean the best image quality, the 1st.
    option is a dedicated film scanner, 2nd. is a high res flatbed. Last option
    is the high street, but the quality may be lacking, but its fast and cheap
    depending on how many frames you have. BTW how old are the slides? how are
    they mounted? if they are very delicate maybe the flatbed would be best and
    don't go near the high street.

    John D

    John DH, Dec 4, 2004
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hi John,

    Sorry about the delay in replying.

    The situation is a bit complicated!

    The slides are about 40 years old, and belonged to a friend of my Dad's
    who died some years ago, and have recently been unearthed by his son
    while going through some of his old belongings. He contacted my Dad to
    see if he would be interested in getting copies of the photos as alot of
    them are of mountaineering holidays they went on in their youth.
    There are quite a few, and Dad said he probably wouldn't want copies of
    all of them. I think he said that his friend's son was planning to take
    photos of the projected images with a digital camera, and then stick
    them on a CD, but I'm not sure. He lives about 250 miles away, so it's
    not possible for him to easily see which ones he would want - he doesn't
    want to put him to any unnecessary trouble needlessly copying photos.

    Like you say, good quality copies will be fairly dear, so i think he
    really needs to see them to suss out which ones he actually wants.

    Cheers for your help


    Paul, Dec 6, 2004
  4. Paul

    D.R. Guest

    I scored on old HP Photosmart S20 for about $40 on auction. Does slides at
    2400dpi which is fine for old slides. Most of our slides were not real sharp
    even though taken over 30 years ago with a Zeiss lens. I scanned a heap of these
    really old slides and put on cd. The hard part is if the slides are dirty or
    have fungi on them. A tin of compressed air is essential but no miracle worker.
    Photoshops Healing Tool or Clone Brush is a help.

    D.R., Dec 6, 2004
  5. Paul

    John DH Guest

    See if you can find a second-hand film scanner (see post from D.R.), Canon
    FS4000 or a Nikon. Either of these will do a cracking job. The idea of
    projecting the slides then taking digi photos is not realy that sucsessful,
    I've seen it done some years ago and the results were not that pretty.


    John D.

    John DH, Dec 7, 2004
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