USB slide viewer ?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Jim Hawkins, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Jim Hawkins

    Jim Hawkins Guest

    I have a collection of 35mm colour slides mounted in
    2" x 2" card holders, but nothing to view them with.
    Can anyone recommend a decent viewer with USB output ?

    Jim Hawkins
    Jim Hawkins, Dec 12, 2013
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  2. Jim Hawkins

    Woody Guest

    Arrgghhhh Jim.........................
    Sorry, could resist it.

    You need to decide how important the pictures are to you. You can
    buy a simple box which is effectively a 5Mp camera which takes a
    picture of your slide - they cost around £60 for a decent one.
    5Mp is effectively 3000x2000dpi but in reality this is
    interpolated and the optical resolution is much mush lower. They
    do work however and for most puposes are adequate.

    You can also buy a cheap slide scanner - cannot remember the
    brand but it does 1800dpi and they cost £50-£100 depending on
    make (although most of them are the same unit inside.) None on
    ebay at present

    The best option is a proper slide scanner by the likes of Nikon,
    Minolta, or Plustek and does typically 2800dpi but hold on to
    your hat before you look at the price! The Nikon and Minolta
    though very good are old types and usually have SCSI interfaces.
    For Plustek have a look at or failing
    that the Carmarthen Cameras ebay shop at
    who have one for sale.

    It is something I have been looking at for a while and wish I
    could afford a Plustek. I had one of the second variety which was
    quite good until the motor packed up. I now have one of the first
    variety but haven't used it in anger yet.

    All of the above will take frames slides or 35mm film strip.

    Whatever you do DO NOT consider a conventional scanner with a
    slide/flimstrip adaptor. They are just not good enough. The
    Carmarthen Cameras page shows you the difference if you look up
    the Plustek scanner.
    Woody, Dec 12, 2013
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    Don't know whether the above makes sense (watch wrapping!) but I was
    quite taken by this when it was mailed to me last week!

    £45 seems reasonable. (I have a better one but it's slow and only works
    on an ancient win98 m/c!)

    Michael J Davis, Dec 12, 2013
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