Slide scanner -work around

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by philo, May 9, 2009.

  1. philo

    philo Guest

    I came across some 50 year old slides...
    and one of them was a real gem.

    My GF who is an artist wanted me to make a print of one so she could use
    it as a reference for a painting she wants to do.

    I don't have a slide scanner, but my flatbed scanner has a "slide" mode...
    tried it and got terrible results.

    So...I simply held the slide up to a good, diffused light
    and snapped a photo of it using my camera's macro feature.

    Though the quality may not quite be "exhibition" grade...
    certainly good enough for a reference print.

    At any rate *considerably* better than the "slide" mode on my flatbed.
    philo, May 9, 2009
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  2. philo

    philo Guest

    It's 35 mm and I have a friend who will lend me a film/slide scanner...
    for the few slides I have I cannot justify buying one
    philo, May 9, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    I have a dedicated slide/negative scanner, but if the job was just a
    few slides I'd take them to a camera store or some other processor.
    Costco converts a slide to a print for under 50 cents.

    My local camera store does a better job for the same amount, but they
    have a minimum order of $19.95 for 36 slides to disk. Costco doesn't
    have a minimum.
    tony cooper, May 9, 2009
  4. philo

    philo Guest

    Yes I can easily have a lab process the slides or borrow a slide scanner

    but all I needed was a reference photo and using the camera's macro
    function I got a pretty decent one...

    If I decide to get a number of them printed...I'll just take them into a
    lab here in town. (I think there are a couple left who will do this kind
    of work)
    philo, May 9, 2009
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    ray Guest

    You probably did something wrong. I've scanned many a negative and slide
    on my Epson scanners with decent results.
    ray, May 9, 2009
  6. philo

    philo Guest

    Well if I borrow it...and it works well...
    I may end up scanning more slides.

    He is not using it now and made the offer
    philo, May 9, 2009
  7. philo

    philo Guest

    Yes you are 100% right...

    I am going to borrow the slide scanner from my friend...
    He has not used it in over a year now
    philo, May 9, 2009
  8. philo

    ray Guest

    Well, there you have it. A flatbed designed for slides and negatives has
    illumination in the lid which makes it practical.
    ray, May 9, 2009
  9. philo

    philo Guest

    Well the scanner I plan to borrow was quite high-end when the guy bought
    it...but that was a few years I won't know how good it is
    until I try it.
    philo, May 10, 2009
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    Pete D Guest

    600 dpi was never going to be enough. Good luck.
    Pete D, May 11, 2009
  11. philo

    philo Guest

    600 dpi is for my flatbed scanner

    I am not going to use it for negatives

    and for scanning photos 300 dpi does the trick
    philo, May 11, 2009
  12. philo

    philo Guest

    Well if I can borrow me that's better than buying one.

    I might have 12 slides to scan...possibly twice that if it works well.
    philo, May 11, 2009
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