Slides - mounted or unmounted ?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Niels J. Larsen, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. Any good reasons to get slide-film mounted ?

    Any good reasons not to ?

    I can get them mounted at the lab (after being processed) for an extra fee
    naturally, but it's also a possibility that I could mount them myself.

    Is it a hassle to mount them myself or can I save a lot by doing that ?

    Cheers,

    Niels J. Larsen
     
    Niels J. Larsen, Nov 5, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Niels J. Larsen"
    Easier to project.
    I find it easier to scan them if they're not mounted, I get ALL the image out
    to the edges. I quit having mine mounted some time ago. It's also a bit
    cheaper at my lab to get them paged instead of mounted.
    If you can cut the strip straight it's easy to put them into the plastic snap
    mounts like those by Gepe or others.

    Bill
     
    Bill Hilton, Nov 5, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Same here. In fact I'm shooting more CN film than slides now too. The only
    reason to mount them is projection, and I haven't had a working bulb in my
    projector for about a decade now.
     
    Tony Spadaro, Nov 5, 2003
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    Bandicoot Guest

    My view is exactly the same as Bill's: I save money by not having them
    mounted and they are easier to scan. Ones that I'm going to project, or for
    the few end users that want them mounted, I mount myself.

    I use Gepe slide mounts, and a Gepe mounting press. You can cut them with
    scissors and mount them by hand, but this gadget makes the whole process
    easier - more importantly, the cutter attachment for the mounting press cuts
    the strips straight, so as long as you are careful there is no danger of
    damaging the frame.

    There are other mounting presses and cutters available - I happen to be
    familiar with the Gepe but have no reason to think it is better or worse
    than any of the others. For the fairly low cost of a mounting press, I
    think it is well worth it.

    On the other hand, if I knew I'd want most of my slides mounted rather than
    not, I think I'd get the lab. to do it - it's a job that can get tedious
    very quickly.



    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Nov 5, 2003
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    ROBMURR Guest

    I always have mine mounted since they
    are stored in slide pages made to hold
    about 30 slides. I project a lot also..
     
    ROBMURR, Nov 6, 2003
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  6. Thanks for all your suggestions!

    I guess I'll just get them processed and leave them unmounted as I'll
    primarily be using them for scans.

    I've seen the Gepe mounts and various other items and I think I'll be using
    their ring binder system for negatives.

    If I change my mind later I can always spend time mounting them.... :-D

    Cheers,

    Niels
     
    Niels J. Larsen, Nov 6, 2003
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  7. FWIW, I get my slides mailed back from the lab unmounted as it adds around
    40% to the cost of processing to have them mounted.
    As I only usually keep around 6-12 shots from a 36exp film I tend to mount
    those myself.
    I find them easier to store mounted as it doesn't mean having to store all
    the non-"keepers" on the strip.
    Additionally since I'm active in club and other competitions, my slides do
    get projected and as I only scan those slides I need for competition prints
    or other uses, I find it easier to pull out a mounted slide and scan it than
    to pull out a whole strip of unmounted slides, find then correct one in the
    scanner and scan it
    Obviously, if your method of working differs significantly from mine, you
    may find storing your slides unmounted works better for you (as in Tony S.'s
    case)
     
    Tony Parkinson, Nov 6, 2003
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    Frank Pittel Guest

    : Any good reasons to get slide-film mounted ?

    They're easier to view when mounted.

    : Any good reasons not to ?

    My scanner (HP photosmart) handles film strips a little better then it handles
    slides

    : I can get them mounted at the lab (after being processed) for an extra fee
    : naturally, but it's also a possibility that I could mount them myself.

    : Is it a hassle to mount them myself or can I save a lot by doing that ?

    Cutting the strip into indivual frames is a pain in the neck and something
    that I'd gladly pay a person a couple of bucks per roll to do.

    --




    Keep working millions on welfare depend on you
     
    Frank Pittel, Nov 8, 2003
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    EDGY01 Guest

    << Any good reasons to get slide-film mounted ?

    Any good reasons not to ? >><BR><BR>


    If you're simply scanning the images with a digital scanner and not viewing
    them with a projector don't bother to mount them.

    Since I got my Nikon 8000ED I have rarely projected anything with my slide
    projector so mounting them is a waste of money.

    Think about what works best for you for indexing and cataloging your images.
    If you save them in strips don't mount. If you save them individually, then
    consider mounts. Mounting is quite easy to do yourself but usually it is
    cheaper to have that done during processing.

    dan
     
    EDGY01, Nov 15, 2003
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