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converting color slides to CDs


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#1 jimvt

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:38 AM

Hi, Folks:
I've got about 2000 kodachrome slides shot over the past 50 years of my family and other subjects.
I'd like to convert them to digital images on CDs.
I know there are companies that provide this service but it works out to somewhere between 30 to 50 cents per slide.
Buying a slide converter seems to be cheaper.
I'm not sure how to determine if a converter is capable of doing this since the product descriptions are confusing.
Does anyone have any experience converting slides and, if so, what equipment do you use/recommend?

I use an Emachine T4697 and Windows XPHome

Thanks

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:04 PM

I've never done slide conversions...but a decent reference you may want to look at appears to be http://www.andromeda.com/people/ddyer/photo/slide-transfer.html AND http://www.squidoo.com/best-35mm-slide-scanners .

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:44 PM

Thanks, Louis...I'll check then out!

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:50 AM

I had a very similar job to do on my family slide collection a few years ago.

After starting out taking digital pics of slides projected onto a screen, I eventually graduated to an old Nikon CoolScan 3 scanner, bought second-hand, and then later bought software from LaserSoft Imaging. I got the job done eventually with a lot of work, and I was relatively satisfied with the results.

Probably the "best" option (if you are a perfectionist and demand the best possible results from your efforts) would be a new Nikon slide scanner (but the price may be an obstacle). There seem to be a number of less expensive scanners available these days, and a friend bought an Optex branded (digital slide) scanner at a local shop (a lot less money than a new Nikon), and it does the job (scans slides to produce digital images). However, I'm not sure that I would have been satisfied with results possible using the cheaper option.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

Thanks folks, for your responses.

In further research I found a program called Memories on TV for about $60
that looks like tit will conversion simpler.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:22 AM

I bought a cheap SCSI card and a second hand dedicated slide scanner when i had a few 100 slides to scan in.

I also used VueScan, excellent scanning software.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:35 AM

Disregard my comment on Memories on TV. That program will copy prints to digital format but not slides.

I think I'm going to buy an Epson V330 converter ($99.00) which is a slide to DVD converter.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:57 AM

I'd avoid a flatbed scanner that does slides. Buy a second hand dedicated slide scanner.




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