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Who can scan old glass slides into a digital format

wasper 12 533 1 Ireland
4 Nov 2009 5:26PM
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.

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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
4 Nov 2009 5:56PM
Have you tried a flatbed scanner?
wasper 12 533 1 Ireland
4 Nov 2009 5:57PM
Would you recommend a good one please?
fauxtography 13 6.6k 36
4 Nov 2009 6:06PM
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?
User_Removed 11 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2009 6:28PM

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 14 17.9k 8 Norway
4 Nov 2009 6:32PM

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.
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2009 6:38PM
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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