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Scanning OLD slides

tmurphy 14 5
21 Aug 2003 11:40PM
Does anybody know how to get OLD slides scanned in? I'm talking 1975 to 1979 ish.

I have a Canoscan 8000F which will scan 4 slides at a time in through an adapter, but it's expecting modern film ratio's, the old slides I have sqaure transpancies.

I could possible have over 1000 to scan in ?

Anybody know any cheats?

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macroman 15 15.3k England
22 Aug 2003 11:28AM
Ok I know this is very basic stick & string technology!

If you have a digicam, you could try laying them on a piece of opal perspex lit from behind.
Set camera on tripod and photograph them in macro mode.
It may be trail and error to start with but it should work OK.

I recently had to some 12x16 mounted portraits submitted for our website Gallery and I only have an A4 scanner.

I placed the pix on the floor in sunlight and photographed them with my Sony DSCP71, hand held on auto.
They came out superb, and quicker than scanning, as I didn't have to play around wth colour balance etc., just crop the mount and resize.
ken j. 15 374
22 Aug 2003 1:18PM
Would your 'stick and string' method work using a basic slide viewer and taking a macro photo direct from that?
I too, have some old slides I'd like to digitalise but as it's likely to be a 'one off' operation I'm loath to spend on any special gear.
macroman 15 15.3k England
23 Aug 2003 7:38AM
Many of the of the cheaper basic slide viewers are probably similar to the one I have, consisting of a large convex lens, lit from a low voltage bulb, through which the slide is viewed.

Mine produces noticeable distortion of the pic and the lamp gives a colour cast to the slide.

The simple answer is try it and see, it doesn't cost anything with a digi and you can see what you are getting in the lcd screen.

I find a digi very handy for trying out daft ideas, as if they don't work you haven't wasted valuable 's on film & processing.
And if it works you can then replicate it with a proper camera ;o))
ken j. 15 374
23 Aug 2003 2:27PM
Thanks Ivan,
I'll give it a try.
It'll involve visiting the darkest recesses of my attic to find my old transparency viewer but while I'm there I may find some of my old 'proper' cameras. ;o))

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