USB Slide viewer anyone know if this exists??

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Andy Harris, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. Andy Harris

    Andy Harris Guest

    I would love to get hold of a USB 35mm slide viewer. (combination of a
    slide viewer and a webcam?) Does anyone know if these exist? I am
    looking to view on screen and take a quick low res snap of 4,500
    slides so that I can decide which to feed through my slide scanner.

    Any info gratefully received

    Andy Harris, Jun 14, 2004
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  2. What's wrong with a lightbox and a good quality loupe? The image quality
    will be hugely better than what you propose. Generations of
    photographers have found this the fastest and best method of assessing
    slides; a webcam will almost certainly not distinguish truly sharp
    slides from junkers; a good loupe certainly will.

    There are some very neat lightboxes available at low prices from Jessops
    if you don't want a full sized one. Do buy a good loupe though. The
    Schneider 4X is superb but a bit expensive. I also have an Ohnar loupe
    which is pretty good and reasonably priced.
    David Littlewood, Jun 14, 2004
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  3. ----------

    IWSTM you could make one simply enough...

    Get a cheep small light table [<£10] and mask off the unused parts so as to
    leave a light apature for the slide(s); position a cheep web cam [<£20] on a
    stand so that it views the slide apature. Place a slide over the hole in the
    mask to view it and just screen cap the image and paste to a .doc or .rtf
    file (e.g. in MS Word). Some web cams may even come with software to cap and
    save-as an image as an image file directly e.g. a .jpg.

    When you get done with your project you will still have a light table and a
    webcam - not a special purpose piece of gear that you may not use again.

    Journalist-North, Jun 14, 2004
  4. Andy Harris

    Trev Guest

    Seams to me Its just as much bother as scanning them. Maybe just use the
    Trev, Jun 14, 2004
  5. Andy Harris

    ff Guest

    I would love to get hold of a USB 35mm slide viewer. (combination of a
    In thread above "£100 slide scanner" my experience was a light box
    with a built in magnifying lense from jessops was easiest to preview
    slides but the clearest photo's came from the regular light box on the
    back of my slide projector when taking photographs with macro lense.
    If you get your digital camera lined on a table or tripod with macro
    enabled you can quickly shoot pictures of a whole bunch of slides
    ff, Jun 16, 2004
  6. Andy Harris

    Trev Guest

    My first attempt to get slides on the pc was to use the colour head of my
    enlarger upside down the you can dial in colour correction. Used with a
    Camcorder connected to a TV Card But that only gives 640 x 400 pixels and no
    auto change of slides. Then I looked at a used Vivitar slide to video
    thinking It would be cheap. But it was higher then the cost of a slide
    scanner. But it takes just as long to view them that way as with a scanner
    anyhow and you could scan at 400 ppi to get low res high speed
    Trev, Jun 16, 2004
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