Slide Scanners

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by gil.blas, Feb 23, 2008.

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    gil.blas Guest

    Between me, my father, and other family members, we have over 5000
    35mm slides and negatives that we want to scan. At prices I've seen
    for scanning services it seems cheaper to buy a good film scanner. I
    see that Nikon and Braun have scanners with autofeed slide magazines.
    I'd appreciate any comments on these or other scanners.

    gil.blas, Feb 23, 2008
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The Nikon scanners are fine. You can also find Minolta 5400 (not "II")
    in the used market, although they don't have feeders. The Nikon
    Coolscan V and 4000 and 5000 are all good scanners.

    In any case, do a real good triage of what you want to scan before you
    start scanning. After scanning their is cropping, color,
    bright/contrast, etc. and finally various sizes (display, print) before
    unsharp mask for each "published" size. It can be a lot of work. So
    reducing it to the must have, nice to have and not really necessary will
    cut down on a lot of work.

    I don't know about the Braun scanners.
    Alan Browne, Feb 23, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    If you have the extreme patience and dedication and are willing to
    spend weeks devoted to the scanner to scan 5000 slides carefully and
    with good quality.
    Consider paring down your slides to a few hundred of your very best
    and have those done professionally.
    Frank Arthur, Feb 23, 2008
  4. I'd recommend avoiding the Braun. It's probably a decent scanner, but in
    reading the scanning forums over the past 6 or 7 years, I've seen no mention
    of it whatsoever, and lots of discussion from people using Nikon, Minolta,
    Epson scanners. If you have a problem with a Nikon scanner, you'll get quick
    responses from people with experience.

    Nikon makes two scanners: Coolscan V and Coolscan 5000 (also the 9000, but
    that's for larger film and is expensive). The Coolscan V will require you
    loading your slides 4 or 6 at a time, but is somewhat cheaper. For really
    fussy scanning of dark or underexposed slides, the 5000 has a multisampling
    function that should, in theory, help somewhat. Maybe.

    The Epson V500 _should_ be _almost_ as good as the Nikon. Maybe. My best
    guess is that in an 8x12 print, you would be able to see the difference
    (with Nikon 5000 scans looking better). Maybe.
    Paring down is good advice. A lot of your slides will be less than sharp,
    and won't need quality scanning, although you'll still want to scan some of
    those for the historical value. Those you can send out for cheap low-res

    However, with a Nikon Coolscan 5000, you'll probably get better scans than
    you'd get from any scanning service that you can afford for 500 slides.
    Since you should be able to ebay the Nikon 5000 when you are done, the cost
    of a new one is less than the sticker price.

    Scanning even 500 slides is a lot of work. Slide scanners have limited DOF,
    and if a slide is warped, you may have to take it out of the mount to get
    the whole frame sharp. Etc. etc. etc.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Feb 24, 2008
  5. Scanning slides is a lot of work. I also started with a plan to scan my 6000
    slides but ended up doing only about 600. Unless your slides are glass
    mounted you have clean the slides of dust and make sure they are not
    warped. You may have to remount some of them to get an even surface. If
    they are in anti-Newton glass mount you may get very unsharp images. Those
    also may need remounting. After scanning you have to post-process virtually
    all of them. Nikon Coolpix 5000 with autofeed will be a good choice but
    prepare yourself for long slog.
    Gautam Majumdar, Feb 24, 2008

    First scanner I have seen that make use of slide projector parts.
    Standard DiN slide tray, and the body of the scanner does look like a
    Braun slide projector.
    Darrell Larose, Feb 25, 2008
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