35mm negs to Digital

  awest3 16:18 03 Feb 2008

I need to convert quite a lot of 35mm negs from the 1970's into digital jpg or similar files. I've looked around and their appear to be a few ways of achieving this. a) Use a scanner with neg/slide attachment. b)use a gadget called 'shortcopy' (looks like a bit of wood which you attach your digital camera to and an inch away the neg to be copied..also needs lots of light). c) an attachment which fits on the front of your camera into which you pop the slides. d) use a lab..expensive for what I want.
e) find an attachment for my MFD (HP PSC2355)

I thought I'd ask you guys if you had had any experience of using any of the above, or other suggestions for doing this....I have PS Elements a fairly high spec PC (Dell dimension 5000 3 gig mem and lots of disk space)


  Diemmess 17:00 03 Feb 2008

Its 2008! .....forget the camera attachment for 35 mm slides.

By chance, needing a new scanner in a hurry, I bought an Epson Perfection V100

Not only is it excellent for conventional docs and photos, it has a framework for holding 4x35mm slides or 6 negatives in strips.
The software and the light in the lid control the action and the results are excellent.

This is a feature and price not available only a few years ago.

Other manufacturers offer similar scanners, but the expensive dedicated negative scanner which once was the only way to do a good job is now in my opinion a Dodo for extremists!

  jack 17:38 03 Feb 2008

A light in the Fladbed is the way to go as Diemmess suggests. Dedicated film scanners are indeed something foe the specialist in use and price.

If this is going to be a one shot thing[When the job is done its done not matter how many]
Therefore buying one for the task may seem it bit extreme if your MFD is a recent acquisition
Can you not locate a friend who may care to do the job in batches on an as and when basis?

  oresome 17:53 03 Feb 2008

Probably the biggest bogey with all this transcription, slides, vinyl, VHS tapes etc is the time it takes.

I think you'll get perfectly acceptable results with a modern flatbed equipped for slides, but dust will be a problem and colours on the slides may have shifted, both of which will take time to correct unless you've some fancy software that can automate the process.

  jack 17:22 04 Feb 2008

both of which will take time to correct unless you've some fancy software that can automate the process.
Paint Shop Pro will do nicely
A learning curve?
Of course but not so bad

  hssutton 19:52 07 Feb 2008

Here is something to look at click here
My wife gave me a shout the other day to see if I was interested, it looks pretty good without costing the earth

  Demora 11:56 11 Feb 2008

Try click here Under toys and Gadgets. They have a little film/slide scanner for £64ish


  March Hare 18:39 11 Feb 2008

I bought one of those Veho film & slide scanners (mentioned above) a few months back. Very poor reproduction and takes forever to scan one slide.

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