Slide Scanning request - maybe off topic

Rodger Whitlock
Mon, 13 Feb 2006 13:17:06 PST
On 13 Feb 06 at 8:09, John T Lonsdale wrote:

> ...Is there anyone within the USA who has the time, skill and energy to scan up to
> 100 slides for me, and send me the digital images in a format that perfectly
> replicates the slide?  The latter is important as friends have scanned slides for me
> in the past and the images have been unusable, even unfixable in Photoshop. 

Somewhere I've read (cue "uh-oh") that to scan slides or negatives properly, you need 
special equipment, not just an attachment to a consumer-grade flatbed scanner.

I suggest you check around with local camera finishing ("one-hour photo") places and 
see if any of them will offer you a good deal on converting your slides to Kodak 
PhotoCD format. Walmart is a possibility.

Keep in mind that photofinishing equipment these days has digital guts and (at least in 
theory) generating a digital copy of a slide is merely a matter of diverting digital 
information to a CD. More or less. In principle.

So: your question would better be phrased "anyone with time, skill, energy, and 

Another possibility: use a digital SLR with a slide-duplicating apparatus attached. By 
that I mean a good macro lens with 1:1 magnification and a special holder for the 
slides. But this may not work since the digital image captured is significantly smaller 
than a 35mm negative.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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