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Converting slides to digital photos

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Initial post: Dec 16, 2011, 4:58:38 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 16, 2011, 6:05:08 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
You should link to the old discussion you found helpful, or some people who will get here by Google searches will be pretty pissed.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011, 9:07:43 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 20, 2011, 6:10:26 PM PST
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L. nuccio says:
I just sent my entire archive (intact photo albums and negatives - I don't have any slide carousels, but you can send those too) to GoPhoto ( for a couple reasons:

1) They scan in the United States
2) They are the only ones with a No-Risk Guarantee that allows you to delete as many scans as you need to (they put them online for you) without paying for them, and
3) I had a coupon. (Follow on Twitter - - and you'll get them)
4) I work there, which is why I had the coupon.

After adding up the time that it would take me to scan my own stuff (factoring 3 minutes a scan) and adding up the $$ it would cost at GoPhoto, I figured out that I'd be paying myself less than $4 an hour to give up hours of my free time scanning. No thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011, 8:43:18 AM PST
Skip Thomsen says:
Right on! There are several good companies that do this work, too. I sent a collection of over 500 slides out and they made whatever correction/improvement they could to each slide and I was very pleased. Many of my slides were 40-50 years old and shot on Kodak Extachrome (big mistake) so were badly faded, and even these looked better than I had dared hope for. Send them out!

Posted on Dec 21, 2011, 11:55:58 AM PST
T. Campbell says:
This is pretty much my standard reply when I get this question:

1) If you STILL PLAN to shoot film and thus not only have a large bulk backlog of images that need to be scanned but ALSO will continue to shoot more images which will all need to be scanned in the future, THEN it makes sense to own your own scanner.

2) If you are finished shooting on film and thus have a one-time major scanning job that you need to do in order to convert your images, THEN it does NOT make sense to buy and own your own photo, slide, and negative scanner. You'll spend days to weeks researching what to buy, the expense of buying it, the time via much trial and error perfecting how to get a good quality scan (or worse... you won't spend the time so you'll have marginal quality scans) and you'll still probably have to feed and align the images to scan one by one because your equipment probably won't be set up for bulk scanning. It'll take days to weeks to months to get it all done. -OR- You could just package up your images and send them off to a service bureau and let an expert who has considerable experience dealing with this problem on a daily basis do all the heavy lifting for you.

I don't scan old photos (slides or negatives). I write a check and let someone else do that while I go out to do more shooting (or whatever else I'd rather be doing rather than babysitting a scanner.)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011, 12:33:20 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011, 9:08:33 AM PST
P. McKenna says:
Where did you find your zoom slide duplicator?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011, 11:01:54 AM PST
Where did you send your slides and how long was the turn around?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011, 11:31:49 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 26, 2011, 11:33:05 AM PST
JCUKNZ says:
Assuming you have the knowledge to organise your camera to focus close enough to fill its sensor with the 36mm x 24mm image of the slide ... this possibly means organising a close-up lens which could be a lens from a pair of hobby glasses bought from a discount store taped to the camera lens ... you organise a cardboard frame to hold the slide against a north facing window and copy the slides with your existing camera. It works well :-) If more people did this it would be bad for gadget makers and their copiers but the actual job is very simple and straight forward.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012, 11:21:37 AM PDT
C. R. HANLEY says:
Is there a reliable source for having my slides/photos digitilized in the Chicago area? I don't like mailing these precious moments. Thank you.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012, 6:54:42 PM PDT
JCUKNZ says:
Surely TMH you are the most reliable person around to handle those 'precious moments' ... why not be adventurish and do it yourself. I bought myself a slide/negative copier and it is only 5Mp, the same as the camera I have used for most of my copying. Do the maths and work out the effective resolution, it is plenty adequate particularly if you are going to project the results digitally instead of optically.
I appreciate the fear aspect of the unknown but it is very similar to taking big close-ups with hte main hazard being reflections of the camera which is a lighting problem, ie keep the light off the camera.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012, 8:01:50 PM PDT
The Opteka Digital duplicator sold at Amazon. I have and still use it for my slides. Quick and easy. Excellent product. Does a great job.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012, 6:47:42 AM PDT
justbuyer says:
Dear Skip!
Best wishes for your yesterday's Birthday!
Tell me please where you sent your slides for conversion to digital.
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