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Old 06-13-2005, 09:05 AM   #1
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35mm slide scanner - best choice

I am one of those people who has a collection of several thousand 35mm slides that I would like to scan, clean up, share with family, and maybe print some. I tried an Epson Perfection and couldn't get enough light source for many of them. I am working with a limited budget - does anyone have a suggestion for a 35mm photo/film scanner that might do the job. I don't mind single feed as I'm retired and have lots of time.

I'm running Kubuntu 5.04 on a P-IV with lots of memory and disk.
Old 06-13-2005, 10:29 AM   #2
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This question really requires more knowledge of your situation, but here goes.
If your current "process" is no longer 35-mm oriented (your using digital) I would highly suggest that you use one of the commerical slide-scanning services. They will scan in your slides using machines that cost tens if not hundreds of thoulsands of dollars for a minimal fee.
That said, if your still using film then you may want to invest in a slide scanner.

If you want to reply and give me an idea of what you want I can be more specific. I know of, and have used, some good negative scanning services here in new york. I had them scan in all my old 35mm negatives a few years ago.
Old 06-13-2005, 10:59 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response Adam.

I am located in northern Spain now so access to such services is limited. I am on to digital photography now and have been for a while. Between family members we probably have about 15,000 slides that I could scan and burn to CD or DVD for various family members. I am pretty good with GIMP so I can handle some issues with the actual scans.

The slides have been taken with a variety of cameras and film and go back to 1960ish. I have a decent HP scanner for flat stuff and did try the Epson Perfection with the 4 slide adaptor. The variety of cameras and film and the age of some slides caused real issues for me. I have been looking at dedicated film/slide scanners on the net and couldn't decide what might be the best price/performance device. As I said I am on a bit of budget here and I need a European friendly device.

Does that help with my dilema?


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