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A non-scanner method of digitizing old slides
Authored by: bakalite on May 09, '06 07:49:09AM

A few months ago I went the scanner route. I went to a store where I frequently buy high ticket items, bought the scanner and returned it 10 days later. It takes a lot less room to do that then to set up a whole thing in your living room. I scanned slides, negatives, and pictures, and it was a bear, but all my old stuff is now digitized which means it actually gets looked at on the plasma in the living room, as opposed to just sitting in a dusty old box somewhere.

The advantage of doing it with the scanner is that if you have a dedicated setup you can do other work at the same time. Most of the time is spent removing and inserting negatives, and blowing away dust. The biggest expense is compressed gas to do that, which, btw, you should make shure to keep out of reach of small children, and explain to teenagers that it can kill them if they inhale it. (do a google search if you don't believe me).

The process is setup, 5mn, the computer does it's thing (20 -45 mn in my case) and tear down 5 mn. Then setup again. You can be pretty productive during that time if you have something that lends itself to that kind of timeframe. This is typically for about 20 frames of negatives, which usually means that you can cram an entire roll into it if you are willing to do a little cutting.

I'll be gone for a while, so replies may be a little late in coming.



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Returning scanner after use
Authored by: dkulp on May 09, '06 08:36:01AM

Call me old fashioned, but returning a slide scanner after using it to archive all your slide sounds unethical to me.



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Returning scanner after use
Authored by: frgough on May 09, '06 11:06:14AM

It's a form of stealing.



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A non-scanner method of digitizing old slides
Authored by: skipole on May 09, '06 02:34:31PM

I hope you don't need to use any toilet paper soon.

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