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Old 04-26-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Digitizing slides

There is a great discussion on digitizing slides on Macintouch. It touches on problems, solutions, problems with common solutions, and tips for producing high-quality scans, all in a meandering thread.

Some of the interesting points:
  • No matter how you do it, digitizing large numbers of slides is slow work.
  • Slides vary in color stability; Kodachrome are longest lasting, Fuji and Ektachrome less so.
  • You may be able to find a decent slide scanner on eBay for $300 or so.
  • The better part of valor may be to send your slides to a service, paying less than a buck a slide for high-res scans on a CD.
  • Kodak Photo CD suppliers still exist; that could be the best value in slide scanning.
  • Some flat scanners with transparency adapters do a pretty good job.
  • A lot of the contributors recommend the Nikon CoolScan in various configurations.
Well worth reading if the subject interests you — it is basically platform-agnostic, so you Windows folks need not avoid it because it is on a Mac site.

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