Flatbed scanner transparency adapters - what do they do?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by timeOday, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. timeOday

    timeOday Guest

    I've never seen one and am wondering if I could get by scanning a few
    slides without one. What do they do? Backlight the image? Surely they
    don't just hold the picture straight.
    timeOday, Nov 30, 2004
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  2. timeOday

    gsum Guest

    They hold the slides straight, making it easier for the scanner software
    to auto-detect the thumbnails. If your slides are unmounted, they
    also keep the film above the scanner glass surface, avoiding Newton's
    Rings. This is not necessary for mounted slides as the mounts maintain
    a gap.

    gsum, Nov 30, 2004
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  3. timeOday

    Bob Williams Guest

    There are lots of flatbed scanners with transparency adapters and they
    are very reasonably priced. The Epson 2480 sells for less than $100 and
    does a very creditable job.
    I have cobbled together some backlighting arrangements for my scanner 6
    years ago when slide adapters on flatbeds were quite rare. They worked
    OK but not nearly as well as modern Flatbed scanners with slide
    adapters. Scanner technology has improved a lot since those early days.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Nov 30, 2004
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