Slide scanner for limited use

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Brian Stirling, Nov 8, 2003.

  1. My last 3 cameras have been digital (Kadak DC210, Kodak DC290, Nikon
    D100) and I have given away my 35mm (Minolta Maxxum 7000) to my niece.
    I prefer the digital medium as it's much easier to view and edit, but
    I do have about 1500 35mm slides that I'd like to transfer to digital
    but am uncertain as to the best method to do so.

    I have looked at the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 and would consider
    purchasing one if I were intending to continue shooting 25mm slides,
    but since I have made the move to digital I am more than a little
    reluctant to part with $800US for such limited use.

    My older brother has about 5000 slides going back to his time in Viet
    Nam and if I had a scanner I would plan to scan in his slides as well.
    In addition, I have considered getting a Nikon F100 film camera to
    supplement my D100 and if I did the scanner would be a reasonable

    So, if I decide against adding a film camera to my kit what would be
    the best approach to scanning in my slides assuming I would err to the
    side of quality? Commercial scan outfits?

    What is the price range for commercial scanning of 35mm slides in
    batches of, say, 100 and 1000?

    How much for drum scanning?


    Brian Stirling
    Brian Stirling, Nov 8, 2003
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    Lourens Smak Guest

    Maybe a slide-copying attachment for your D100 is an interesting idea,
    esp. if you like macro shots and can use the bellows attachment for that
    too, or if you already own the 60mm micro-nikkor. (great portrait lens
    on a D100...)
    I don't have experience with such a setup but I have heard of some
    people, mainly professional stock-photographers who needed an old shot
    *fast*, getting excellent results. (and others with less excellent
    results too, I must admit...I guess the lighting part is also very
    important; just aiming at the window isn't good enough.)

    Maybe it's something to think about... if you get it to work right, you
    will have the fastest workflow possible. What you miss is the option to
    get huge files from (old or new) 35mm slides, for enlargements etc. An
    F100 + filmscanner will give you this, but at a higher cost obviously.
    (plus, reality will probably be that often the shot you WANT to have
    enlarged, will have been shot with the D100 anyway...)

    Anybody in the group has first-hand experience with a digital body +
    slide copier? I'm curious myself about what will be the problems with
    such a setup.

    Lourens Smak, Nov 8, 2003
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    Leicaddict Guest

    It doesn't take a Ph.D from MIT to do a little simple math. Dividing $800 by
    1500 slides works out to about fifty cents a piece. Add your brothers 5000
    slides, and the cost is penny's. Of course at some point, you should
    probably consider a dvd burner for storage media, but the cost of dvd
    burners has dropped so much that, even then, your cost would still be
    nominal. Does anyone even have to explain this to you?
    Leicaddict, Nov 8, 2003
  4. I am close.....I purchased a Nikon coolpix 500, and am now looking for a
    slide copier that will fit on the front end.....My wife will use the camera
    for casual pictures of her grandkids, and I will borrow it to copy my slides
    and put them into my computer.....With 5 megapixels, I think it should do a
    fairly good job.....I will probably use my light table for the backup
    light.....Exposure time is unimportant, so brightness shouldn't be an
    issue.....I would think that color temperature would be important
    William Graham, Nov 8, 2003
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    Loren Coe Guest

    the newer flatbed scanners are advertising good resolution and would be
    cheaper than any film scanner. but, from my reading here, prior models
    were not very good. if you tried one with a return priviledge, that would
    be easy to test. --Loren
    Loren Coe, Nov 9, 2003

  6. I already have a DVD burner in the new PC I built about 5 months ago.
    (3GHz CPU with 1GB of D-DDR RAM and a 120GB SATA HD to go along with
    the 45GB and 14GB HD's from my old PC. I have already used the DVD
    burner to achieve all the pics from my D100 in RAW format and would
    plan to do the same with any scanned slides.


    Brian Stirling, Nov 9, 2003

  7. If I going to scan them at all I'm going to want to do it with the
    highest quality I can reasonably afford. A flat bed scanner will NOT
    do the trick!


    Brian Stirling, Nov 9, 2003
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