Slides processed unmounted -- why?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by the letter K, Jan 7, 2004.

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    the letter K Guest

    I've read more than one post by more than one poster stating a
    preference for having their slides unmounted. I would like to know
    why. Understand that I am not attempting to debate this preference; I
    simply want to know the benefits perceived by those who are so
    the letter K, Jan 7, 2004
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    Peter Chant Guest

    I have had slides processed unmounted when I was concerned that the
    film advance in my camera was playing up, or when I have put one
    film through two different cameras (a bit from each end). I was concerned
    that if the film was cut automatically after the first frame I would get
    half my frames sliced up. Is this likely?
    Peter Chant, Jan 7, 2004
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: the letter K
    1) Easier to scan.

    2) Don't have any active area "cropped" off by the mount, nice when scanning.

    3) Cheaper, at my lab at least.

    4) Takes up less space for storage.

    5) Sold the slide projector and all trays 6 months ago so have no way to
    project them anymore -- (note: Kodak announced they were getting out of the
    slide projector business).

    I have some Gepe plastic mounts if I ever want to mount a couple, like a
    montage where I want to scan two pieces of sandwiched film.

    If I wasn't scanning I probably wouldn't do this, but I'm scanning and it makes
    a lot of sense for me. If you're doing a lot of slide shows obviously you want
    mounted slides too, but the digital projectors are becoming very popular for
    projection these days.

    Bill Hilton, Jan 7, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    ....drum scanning
    ....scanning strips of 6 (v. 4 mounted slides).
    ....cheaper (I guess)

    ....I'm not sure if anyone does contact sheets of reversals (eg:
    Cibachrome sheets or equivalent) ... it would be expensive, I guess.


    Just today I ran across a friend I haven't seen in about 10 years...
    he's still shootin chrome ... still getting them unmounted.

    Alan Browne, Jan 7, 2004
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    stacey Guest

    Almost all digital projectors are very low resolution and are for power
    point presentations not for projecting quality photographs.
    stacey, Jan 7, 2004
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    MikeWhy Guest

    Twelve at at time with some scanners. :) And I do mean 12 at a time,
    sometimes at lower resolution for preview, but often enough at 3200dpi if
    density and white balance are consistent enough. Even with the larger memory
    load, it's easier to judge them in Photoshop than to guess and hope, and
    then rescan one by one.
    MikeWhy, Jan 7, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    I never project my slides so the mounts simply make storage a PITA. I
    store my slides and negative film together in strips of 5 frames (7 to a
    roll and the extra is mounted in a slide mount --- no matter what type of
    film --- unless a tosser shows up at one of the magic frame numbers:
    1,6,11,16,21,26,31,36) I keep almost all of my film, having discovered long
    ago that sometimes second best is all that survives the disaster.
    I scan my slides and print or put them on the web with no particular
    consideration of what type of film was the source. I will use any film that
    does the job I want for any project.
    Tony Spadaro, Jan 7, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    It is. I've gotten bad cutting from Kodak, Fuji and other labs. I had one
    particular camera that was prone to very uneven spacing and quickly stopped
    shooting slides with it as the repairman couldn't make it do better.
    Tony Spadaro, Jan 7, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    My flatbed will do up to 24 at a time - 4 strips of 6, but since I cut to 5
    I only do 20 at a time max.
    Tony Spadaro, Jan 7, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    Sometimes I will do that when bracketing, since it makes my notes easier
    to read. The other instance when I would use that is when testing push
    steps with film, since it is easier than pulling the mount apart.

    With larger roll film, those are never mounted, nor cut. I get those back
    in a box usually.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Jan 7, 2004
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    Annika1980 Guest

    I'll bet most of your firends are like that.
    Annika1980, Jan 7, 2004
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    I'll bet most of your firends are like that.

    Well Alan is Anal, but at least he don't stalk cheerleaders.
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 7, 2004
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    Annika1980 Guest

    From: "Joseph Kewfi"
    You say that as if it's a bad thing?
    Annika1980, Jan 7, 2004
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    Rafe B. Guest

    For scanning, of course.

    Many of my old slides have crud
    collecting at the edges of the frames,
    and it burns me to have to give up one
    iota of the usable film area -- eg. from
    the rounded corners of some of those
    old slide mounts.

    With strips of film, you don't have the
    problem with dirt at the edge of the mount,
    and the film stays flatter in the scanner.

    Oh and of course there's less chance of
    the film being improperly cut, or having
    the film shift in the mount, etc.

    rafe b.
    Rafe B., Jan 7, 2004
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    mike Guest

    When shooting sports like surfing in the water.
    You get very few useable pictures.
    Only a couple worth mounting from a spool of 36.
    Therefore cheaper.

    mike, Jan 7, 2004
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    T P Guest

    If you intend to project your slides, and you tend to keep more than
    about 25% of them, have them mounted.

    If you scan your slides, or sell them for publication, having them
    unmounted (in strips or on a complete roll) is much more convenient.

    I have mine unmounted on complete rolls, then cut the ones I intend to
    keep into strips and file them in a negative filing system.
    T P, Jan 7, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    good point, I was thinking along the lines of my scanner, for which the
    holders take 4 mounted slides or strips up to 6 frames.
    A good flatbed could do a whole roll. I don't know if we'll ever see a
    flatbed that has res/depth at the level of the DSE 5400 or Nikon
    4000/5000/8000/9000 level. I doubt it.

    Used Hasselblads are tumbling in price right now so a flatbed that does
    a great job on any film type would be great... the cost of buying a
    8000/9000 or Minolta MultiPro is higher than the used Hassy, lens and 2
    backs combined...

    Alan Browne, Jan 7, 2004
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