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Offline michaelb104

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Copying Slides
« on: May 20, 2011, 09:04:50 AM »
Does anybody know of a quick, easy and most importantly cheap way to copy slides to digital.

My mum has boxes and boxes of slides that she’s now decided she wants on her computer. After a quick google I’ve found loads of companies that will do it but the ones I looked at want between 10p and 16p a slide – eeekkkk.

Any pointers greatly appreciated  :)


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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2011, 09:13:02 AM »
Mike.  Dunno really, but either way it's going to be a long and laborious job.  My Epson scanner will do slides, but it's awfully slow.  ;)

Maybe a dedicated slide scanner would be faster.  Maplins do a cheap one for £39.99 but haven't a clue if it's any good TBH. http://www.maplin.co.uk/5mp-compact-film-and-slide-scanner-503038
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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2011, 09:43:47 AM »
Hi Michael,

If you want decent results it won't be quick, easy, or cheap. I have a £400 (several years ago) dedicated slide scanner which takes over a minute to scan a slide. But you really need to pre-scan and adjust settings for saturation and colour each time, (Even it they've been stored in ideal conditions their colour will probably have faded) so in reality it's 2 or 3 minutes per slide. I also have a decent flat-bed scanner with a built-in slide scanner which can give good results (at lower resolutions). Scanning is quicker but inserting slides is more fiddly. They both have ICE technology which I think is essential - it can hide dirt and hairs on the slide surface. Even so, it's essential to clean the slides up properly first, and that alone takes time.

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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011, 09:51:00 AM »
This is supposed to be pretty good - http://www.srb-griturn.com/slide-copier-1575-p.asp

You could probably eBay it for 85% of price afterwards.
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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2011, 10:01:55 AM »
Like Simonw says, it is a long and labouring task. I have a slide scanner like the Maplin one Mike mentioned. different type and £70 or thereabouts. It is quicker, but lower resolution and very limited in adjusting output. It will do to have a look at the slides, but not good enough to work with the files and print at decent size. I have seen companies charge a lot more like 50p per slide for decent output. If you can do 50 slides/hour you are going very fast, at 10p/slide that is an hourly rate of £5,- Sounds very cheap to me.
Flatbed scanner does normally 4 slides at a time. Time of scan depends on resolution and if you do pre-scan (recommended) and adjustments. But it is the only way to attempt a proper result. I did a lot of slides, put them through the cheapo scanner quickly (took me hours) and picked out the best ones for scanning properly. Jonathans camera attachment gives very good results, but again it takes ages to do vast amount of slides.

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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2011, 10:06:29 AM »
I meant to add: You can get atachments to fit on your camera which you might like to try. And if you've already got an old slide projector you might simply project the slides onto a screen in a very dark room and photograph the screen (with the camera as close as possible to the projector to keep the picture square). That's quickest, cheapest, and perhaps good enough for your purposes.
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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2011, 11:11:06 AM »
Thank you all for the quick responses.
So it’s not going to be a quick or easy job to get good results, I might just ask if she really does want them all copying to digital.

Thank you all again  :tup:
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Re: Copying Slides
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2011, 04:51:19 PM »
  I think the bolt on attatchment thingy is your best bet. I made a copy stand out of a redundant enlarger, and by takeing Heath Robinson as an inspiration, I managed to copy a load of slides. I balanced a bit of opaque perspex on a couple of piles of unread DC Magazines, shoved an SB800 underneath and Bob's your uncle!
  Either way you'll have to colour ballance and spot then afterwards, so it's going to be a bit of work, but very satisfying.
  I would sujest you get her to pick out her favorite 10,000 or so. :)
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