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    wasper
    wasper e2 Member 8532 forum postswasper vcard Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Nov 2009 - 5:26 PM

    Hi,
    A member of my local camera club has old glass slides from 1890s yes 19th century. We don't seem to find a company that does that in Cork & I suspect in Ireland. Anyone would be kind enough to recommend a scanning company.
    Thanks

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    User_Removed
    4 Nov 2009 - 5:56 PM

    Have you tried a flatbed scanner?

    wasper
    wasper e2 Member 8532 forum postswasper vcard Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Nov 2009 - 5:57 PM

    Would you recommend a good one please?

    fauxtography
    4 Nov 2009 - 6:06 PM

    Aren't some glass negs quite dense? That may make them hard to scan. An option would be to use a lighbox and setup a DSLR to capture the slides, like you would do with a copy neg. You could get over the denseness of the negs by just lengthening your exposure.

    How many has he got to scan?

    Last Modified By fauxtography at 4 Nov 2009 - 6:07 PM
    User_Removed
    4 Nov 2009 - 6:28 PM


    Quote: Aren't some glass negs quite dense?

    You should treat them as slides and backlight them. I have an old Espon scanner with backlit neg/slide scanner attachment. It works well.

    User_Removed
    4 Nov 2009 - 6:32 PM


    Quote: Aren't some glass negs quite dense?

    Hence my question.

    Modern flatbeds are quite versatile - don't expect perfection out of the gate but - if someone has a reasonable one that can scan at a good optical resolution, then it has to be worth a first try... if only to set a peg in the ground so as to understand where to go next.

    Last Modified By User_Removed at 4 Nov 2009 - 6:37 PM
    keith selmes
    4 Nov 2009 - 6:38 PM

    Flatbed scanner. Epson V700, not the cheapest but does up to 8x10, the older 2450 would do 4x5 inches, there may be some cheaper ones now that would do medium format, but not larger plates.

    I haven't scanned very many plates, but haven't had a problem either.
    They might have been a bit later than 1890, but not much more than 1900.

    Photographing on a lightbox might do it, haven't tried though.

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