[Xpost] 35mm Slide & Negative Digital Converter... worth it?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by -Lost, Oct 4, 2007.

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    -Lost Guest

    I was hoping that some of you who understand the mechanics behind
    photography and scanning better than I, could tell me whether or not
    they think this is worth it or not.


    And if not, are there other alternatives to getting them into digital
    format? Besides getting the negatives developed again and scanned of

    -Lost, Oct 4, 2007
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    Bob Masta Guest

    I can't comment on the ThinkGeek product, but I can tell you of some
    alternatives if you already have a flatbed scanner. The simplest is a
    corner reflector made out of white poster board or equivalent. Just
    a 90 degree angle of 2 inch-wide stock (to fit a slide). The open end
    of the V should be at least wide enough to fit 2 slides side by side.
    Then make triangular top caps so that only the end of the V is open.

    The idea is that you put a slide on the flatbed, with this gizmo on
    top of it (open side down). The light from the scanner is bounced off
    the white reflector (twice) and back down through the slide so that
    it is properly backlit.

    This is the method used in some "slide scanner" attachments that
    come with flatbed scanners, so there must be *some* merit in it.
    HOWEVER, I was never entirely happy with the results. I even
    went so far as to hack a "slide duplicator" with a real backlight
    to replace the reflector, but I still wasn't happy. I could never
    get that "wow" factor that real slides (or decent digital images)
    produce on a screen. But I also may not have hit upon the
    right combination of scanner settings for contrast and color

    Having said that, I also never compared my homebrew results to any
    commerical scanner results. I do know from experience with
    real film that it is often *very* hard to make a duplicate that
    matches the original. But I imagined that since digital allows
    all sorts of easy (hah!) adjustments, that many of film's
    duplication problems could be overcome. On the other hand,
    slides are notorious for having a huge brightness range, way
    more than simple reflective prints. So maybe a flatbed scanner
    (which is able to deal well with paper, etc) just doesn't have
    the tonal range for slides. Hopefully, that means that a
    special-purpose gadget like the one you reference has solved
    the range problem.

    Please let us know what you end up with!

    Best regards,

    Bob Masta

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    Bob Masta, Oct 4, 2007
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    Animesh K Guest

    Canon photo+negative scanners. A $90 model does pretty well. A $160
    model does slightly better.
    Animesh K, Oct 4, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    Rob, Oct 7, 2007
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    gadavis1701 Guest

    I have this product but mine is sold by Hammacher Schlemmer. I am sure
    it is the same thing. Mine is made by VuPoint Solutions (http:\

    I just started using it and it is great. I am very happy with the
    results. The scanner was easy to set up and Windows XP had no problem
    recognizing it. Scanning the slides is as easy as loading the tray,
    sliding it through to the first notch, allowing the white balance to
    adjust to the slide (from 5 to 15 seconds) and pressing the copy
    button. Once I had about 12 slides, I transferred them all to my PC.
    The transfer process is a little slow and also the directory where you
    save the scans can't have dashes in them. The scans are automatically
    numbered with the date and number so you don't have to worry about
    overwriting. The software will not recognize it otherwise.

    All in all a great piece of technology. Sure the slides won't be
    crystal clear but more than adequate to show on a digital photo frame
    or make 4" x 6" prints.

    It's so easy to use, once I get a full slide tray done, I plan on
    showing my retired mother-in-law, who has basic computer skills, how
    to do it.

    You won't be disappointed.
    gadavis1701, Oct 24, 2007
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