On Sat, 12 Jul 2003 22:59:54 -0400, "D" <dsympatico.ca> wrote:
There are optical slide copiers used with 35 mm systems. They look>I know it sounds strange, but if you have a digital camera and can rig up a
>lightbox just take high res photos of the slides. It's faster than a
>scanner and the quality is perfect and you don't have to buy any new
>equipment, although I bought a $15.00 mini tripod to make it even faster.
>I read about it somewhere, maybe even here.
like a good size telephoto lens with a slide holder on one end and
contain a macro lens.. Once you get them set up, they work fairly
well but they may take a bit of trial and error before getting things
right. However I think you will find a good scanner will be much
easier to use.
A light box and macro lens would require a bracket to hold the camera
at 90 degrees and shielding to keep out stray light.
The hardest part is getting the camera perpendicular to the slide and
keeping it there.
Quality wise: The quality is limited by the digital camera, the
quality of the slide, or negative and the users ability to get and
keep the slide/film perpendicular to the digital camera and in focus.
Many of the current scanners have far higher resolution than most user
If they are only going to be displayed on a computer screen then you
won't need the really high resolutions, current screen resolutions run
from *roughly* 76 ppi to 120 plus. IF you plan on archiving them for
future generations then you might want to consider higher resolutions.
The biggest problem with slide copying is dust. I've never found a
software utility that was satisfactory (to me). There are many good
programs, but none are a substitute for cleaning the dust off the
slides. That is both time consuming and tiresome work.
Roger Halstead (K8RI EN73 & ARRL Life Member)
N833R World's oldest Debonair? (S# CD-2)>
>"tranch" <tranchattglobal.net> wrote in message
>news:3f0a2783_4news3.prserv.net...>on>> I hope I'm in the right NG to ask this question. If not could someone
>> please direct me to an NG where I could get some help?
>> I have **many** slides from years ago that I would like to scan, put>those>> my computer and eventually put on CD with music, special effects, etc. I
>> know nothing about scanners for slides. I recently looked at a HP Scanjet
>> 5500c scanner and to me, the unknowing, it looked good. What are the other
>> brands of scanners for slides, and are there any recommendations from>>> who do know? Nothing really expensive, I'm just going to be doing this for
>> my own use.
>> Thanks for any information anyone can give me.