Scanning old photo slides

  longbelly 08:50 12 Nov 2006

I have quite a large number of old 35mm slides that I want to scan and save to a CD or DVD.

I have looked on the net and found firms that will provide this sort of service. Has anyone donw this and can they recommend a firm for value and quality and are there any particular pitfalls I should avoid?

My own scanner will not accept slides. I have toyed with the idea of purchasing a photo scanner but do not wish to go to the one off expense or expend so much time in doing it.

  Graham. 09:31 12 Nov 2006

Jessops can transfer to CD:

click here

  longbelly 11:45 12 Nov 2006

I'm not sure that Jessops offer the service I'm looking for - at least not on-line!

Anyone else with experience of this?

  rodriguez 11:56 12 Nov 2006

A scanner that scans slides just shines a backlight in the slide as it's scanning. So you try getting a torch, covering it with paper, and putting this on top of the slide you want to scan. This should give the slide a backlight that allows it to be scanned ;-)

  Diemmess 13:44 12 Nov 2006

....... The key words in your post!

If you DIY, the task is going to be a very long one indeed but you have the "fun"

There are probably hundreds of places out there but because of being labour intensive may cost a lot more per print ot file than ordinary prints.

By coincidence I bought a new scanner (Epson V100)last Monday.
It has a facility for either up to 4 slides or 1 filmstrip at a time.
Some excellent software bundled with it.
I bought it for its flatbed convenience/price/quality.

Couldn't avoid playing with some old slides for a while with impressive results.
Far far better than I had guessed. But it is slow. and I think it would take me about 10 minutes to save a loading of 4 slides from start to "image saved as" finish.

  Woolwell 14:10 12 Nov 2006

I've not sent any slides away but have scanned over a 1,000 with about another 500 to go. It does take time and several need editing because with age the colours are no longer true or are too dark. However I have found it rewarding doing it myself and has brought many memories.

I note that you do not want to go to the expense or spend a lot of time so for you sending them away may be the way ahead.

  longbelly 14:32 12 Nov 2006

All food for thought - and yes it could be fun doing my own but time-consuming.....

but is there anyone out there who has tried a scanning service with success?

  Diemmess 15:56 12 Nov 2006

Is there anyone with experience of professional scanning services.
It is a bit obvious really but you might see something in the small ads of photographic (hobby) magazines, or even the hybrid digital camera mags.

  Terry Brown 17:01 12 Nov 2006

An easier option would be to get hold of a slide projector (EBAY ?), and if you don't have one a simple digital camera.

Set the projector and the camera at 45 degrees to each other and at the same height, approx 18" from a white background. if the camera has a usb connection (as some of the cheepies do instead of a memory card, use that.It may take some experimenting to get it right, but you'll have fun doing it.
When you have finished you can always re-sell the equipment again.

  Totally-braindead 17:11 12 Nov 2006

I took some slides to a local Fuji camera shop and they did it for me last year and I was quite pleased with the results but I'm unsure of what they would charge if there were a lot of them but its worth asking.

  Smiler 17:29 12 Nov 2006

This firm do it
click here I haven't used them but at nearly £40 for 50 slides thats £800 for 1000. Getting expensive.
I have been doing mine for a while now and it is time consuming but very rewarding.
As woolwell says you can bring them back to original colors while you're at it.

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