scanner recomendation for slides

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by nedley, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. nedley

    nedley Guest

    I have a couple thousand slides I want to scan.
    Once I am done, I will not need to ever scan slides again.

    Once I start looking at these slides, I expect I'll decide many of them are
    not worth scanning.

    What I plan to do is, buy a slide scanner on E-Bay (possibly a Minolta
    Dimage), scan my slides, and them sell the scanner on E-Bay.
    Hopefully with this plan, I can uses a pretty good scanner at minimal costs.

    The computer I'm connecting this to is a new laptop.
    I've noticed that many of the used slide scanners use a scsi interface that
    will be a hassle to deal with on the laptop.

    I'd prefer a USB 2 connection, but if one had a firewire (1394) I supposed I
    could pick up a PCMCIA firewire card pretty easily.
    (I've actually got an old Adaptec PCMCIA scsi card, but I don't want to deal
    with drivers for that ancient card)

    I'm looking for suggestions on specific models and what they should cost on
    I'd prefer to spend between $100-250 for the scanner.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    p.s. sorry for crossposting, I posted this same message on
    alt.comp.periphs.scanners (where it really belongs) but this is a much more
    active group.
    nedley, Nov 12, 2004
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    Tom Ellliott Guest

    Check here:
    I know this route is not recommended, however it is cheap - $25 - and worked
    very well.
    I now have a Microtek 5900 with built in "Offical" transparency 4x5 size.
    Works a little better than my original solution. If I need scans for
    reproduction - brochures etc then I go to a service bureau and get a PRO
    Photo CD scan which are great and cheap and the client pays for the scan.
    Have fun,
    Tom Ellliott, Nov 12, 2004
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    There are scanners, I don't know which ones, that have hoppers.
    You put a stack of slides in the hopper and it scans them, one after
    another, without human intervention.
    There are service bureaus that will scan them for you, but the
    price might be higher than you want to pay. Many years ago I
    worked for a company that would do this for prices ranging from
    50 cents to $10 per slide. 50 cents for an automated scan, $10
    for one that is reviewed and color balanced individually by a
    graphics artist.

    I would think that, even though labor costs are higher, the scanning
    equipment is better and cheaper today, and the output media are
    certainly dramatically cheaper than the mag tapes and digital video
    discs we were using in the early 1980's.
    Sounds like a reasonable plan - though the hassle factor could be
    a bit high.
    USB 2.0 is probably more than fast enough.

    Have you got a son or daughter of the right age? What a perfect
    project for them. Pay them 10 cents per slide to do your 2000
    slides with the requirement that they have to do over any that they
    don't do right. They get to make some good money and you keep
    it all in the family.
    Well, I didn't give you advice on what scanner to get, but you did
    say that "any" advice would be appreciated :)

    Alan Meyer, Nov 12, 2004
  4. nedley

    nedley Guest

    All good questions.

    The reason I am scanning them is because I was asked to by a family member.
    Most of these slides are travel slides taken by my grandfather in the
    I'm sure most will be junk, but there may be a few gems in there.

    What I'm thinking of is, picking up a DIMAGE SCAN DUAL IV for about $250 and
    scanning 4 at a time at medium resolution.
    I'll use a laptop and set it up in the living room so I can pump 4 more
    through during commercials as I watch tv.

    That should make it a pretty painless process (I hope). Then I can look at
    them quickly on the laptop later and decide which ones are worth scanning at
    hi-res and tweaking with Photoshop or some other tools.

    Finally it looks like I can get 230-ish for the scanner on E-Bay and end up
    not paying very much at all for the scans (except the hassle).
    The reason to do this now is, I've been asked to, and the slides are pretty
    old and not getting any better.

    I'll probably burn the best to a cd or dvd. I'm aware of issues with media
    formats changing. I've got lots of files that I've maintained through
    floppy-zip-jazz-cdr and now dvd. In a year or two I'll be copying most of
    my dvd's to dual layer blue laser dvd's I image.

    nedley, Nov 13, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    you will dislike your grandfather and the family member who suggested
    this project by the time you have finished!

    I often find scanning my own images to be a PITA, family images more so.

    but if you are strongly motivated you will be fine and you will end up
    with a useful scanner and skills.
    Bruce Graham, Nov 14, 2004
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