scanning slides with flatbed scanner - any other methods?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Steve, Jan 13, 2006.

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    Steve Guest

    I have tried scanning old 35mm slides using these methods or various
    combinations -

    but the results have been less than satisfactory (the images appear washed
    out with no color). It may be the flatbed scanner (HP PSC 1610) or the
    type of flourescent light used as a backlight. I have also tried the
    scanner software settings - color, light, "old photo", etc. but this doesn't
    help much. There are not enough slides to justify buying an adapter and I
    know I could get a service to do this with a real slide scanner but before
    that -- has anyone else used these methods or have another way to scan
    slides using a flatbed scanner?
    Any suggestions appreciated!
    Steve, Jan 13, 2006
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    Craig Guest

    Even with dedicated slide/negative scanners, slides are tougher to scan
    well than negatives due to slide's high contrast levels. Scanning slides
    with a flatbed scanner will do much worse. Since you say you have a
    small-ish number of slides, you'd be best off by finding a professional
    scanning service with a high-end slide scanner.

    Craig, Jan 13, 2006
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    Pat Guest

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    Tom Guest

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    Marvin Guest

    A limitation when copying with a digicam is that you don't get all the detail in the
    slide, unless you have a camera with at least 12 Mp. but is an inexpensive way to get the
    job done, and it will be faster than scanning.
    Marvin, Jan 13, 2006
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    Malcolm Guest

    I have tried scanning old 35mm slides using these methods or various
    You don't say what quality you are looking for.

    If top notch quality isn't a requirement, you can perhaps try this method:
    (It is a home made slide duplicator)

    Malcolm, Jan 13, 2006
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    Steve Guest

    the quality of the pics looks pretty good (for my purposes). I may build
    one of those homemade slide duplicators
    Steve, Jan 14, 2006
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Serendipitous. This evening I read the above. This afternoon I had
    been trying a similar - but hardly as well-crafted - approach with:

    Haven't got it to work yet. Haven't been able to focus properly.

    That's a plumbing fitting that I had in the garage. It sorta fits
    over the extended lens if you don't jiggle.
    Tony Cooper, Jan 14, 2006
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    Steve Guest

    For something like this to work your camera may need a "super macro"
    function such as -
    Steve, Jan 14, 2006
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