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Slide Scanner.

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Re: Slide Scanner.

When I decided to scan in all my old slides, I bought a PlusTek OpticFilm 8200i 35mm slide scanner. It worked very well. As I said elsewhere, I still have a few slides to scan and so I must check to see if it still works.

This is a scan of a slide which I took of a donkey cart which was acting as a school bus on 19 August 1982 in the Matopos, about 60km south of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The photo was taken with an Olympus OM-2N.


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Re: Slide Scanner.

A few years back I decided to scan several hundreds of slides from the late 60 to mid 70's. I found that several scanners, although quick on the process didn't realy work as well as I had hoped.

Changing tack, I opted to go for the slide duplication option. Although much slower, I found I was able to get better results? This, I suppose, was due to being able to focus on each individual slide.

The set-up requires most of what you already have - camera, lenses, tripod etc. The only additions you will require are an adaptor and the actual duplicaor itself. Because of the way it works, a decent backlight is also required. I used a small LED lamp which worked a treat as the light could be better focused on the slide.

The one I used was a Polaroid version which came with a macro lens capability. for just under 30. One advantage is that you end up with a in-camera shot which can be manipulated / processed just like a normal digital photo, which in fact, it has become.

I mention this as an option which you might want to look into. You then have to decide what works best for you.


Addendum: I should add, that I have used this type of duplicator on my various camera systems, Oly EP-3, (XZ-1 & Stylus 1 using the CLA- adaptors), a C***n 5D. All these with a system lens attached with the various lens rings needed to fit he duplicating lens adadptor to the camera lens.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

Another vote for the Plustek 8200i with Silverfast Ai suite (which comes supplied).
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Re: Slide Scanner.

I've always been very happy with my Epson V500 and can thoroughly recommend it, or whatever the latest version is. It's a flat bed scanner, but comes with inserts to hold in place 35mm mounted slides, 35mm negative strips or individual unmounted 120 film frames.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

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Another vote for the Plustek 8200i with Silverfast Ai suite (which comes supplied).
Ahem....268

But thanks anyway.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

I suggest you use a lightbox and macro lens ...

it will be a lot faster and you will get ORF files you can process to pull out more detail than you would have been able to do if you had used a slide scanner which had output jpg files

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Re: Slide Scanner.

Don't know what a slide scanner is, but the Plustek 8xxx series with Silverfast or Vuescan produce massive TIFF files with fantastic detail, more than enough to play within post processing software. The Plustek employs a CCD line scan and having compared the output against the Leica M240 I know which I prefer. The Plustek looks true to film, the digital camera looks digital.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

I bought an Epson 4990 for 50 - that's what all my film is scanned with. It's the predecessor of the V700 and can scan film from 35mm up to 10x8. Pretty much does everything I need it to.

The latest craze seems to be 'scanning' with digital cameras though like this:
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Re: Slide Scanner.

I have an Epson 4990 too and while it's good, for 35mm my Nikon LS-40 film scanner beats it for sharpness, contrast and resolution. The ICE dust removal on the Nikon works better too and is much faster than the Epson's equivalent. Where the Epson wins though is for mounted 35mm slides as it can do several at once.

I have also tried "scanning" slides with my E-M5 plus m.Zuiko 30mm macro and while it's quicker, I think the Nikon has the edge. I may need to improve my PP when using the camera, to reduce the contrast a bit.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

I have a Nikon Cooolscan IV which is gathering dust. It's yours for the postage - quite heavy. I bought it on eBay and used it to scan a load of slides. I've been meaning to put it back on eBay but haven't got around to it.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

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I have a Nikon Cooolscan IV which is gathering dust. It's yours for the postage - quite heavy. I bought it on eBay and used it to scan a load of slides. I've been meaning to put it back on eBay but haven't got around to it.
If Dave doesn't want it, I'd like it please. I could probably pick it up from 'Bucks'.

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Re: Slide Scanner.

I've used my Epson v370 to scan negatives - it also holds slides in the transparency adapter.
The supplied software is a bit clunky but it works.
It's under 100 at Amazon, Currys, Jessops etc.


It's worth mentioning scanning is quite a slow process.
I've barely scratched the surface of my very small negative archive.
If you're got a fixed amount to do then you can get them done commercially at about 50p each IIRC. Expensive but you should get good quality and saves you time.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

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I've used my Epson v370 to scan negatives - it also holds slides in the transparency adapter.
The supplied software is a bit clunky but it works.
It's under 100 at Amazon, Currys, Jessops etc.

It's worth mentioning scanning is quite a slow process.
I've barely scratched the surface of my very small negative archive.....
This. I bought something similar used (probably an Epson V370 for about 30 if I recall) from someone who had purchased the scanner to scan in their old photos/negatives. It works a treat but as AMc stated, it is an extremely slow (and boring) process and in the end I tried to be quite ruthless in what I selected to scan. I found dust to be an issue and post processing also took a little time to remove any obvious defects.
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Re: Slide Scanner.

This is what I was using in 2012. I would use the same today, except I would use TTL flash and the Printing-Nikkor 105mm macro.

http://www.photomacrography.net/foru...=113545#113545

There is a argument for using manual flash and a standard aperture, so that the original does not influence the exposure. Perhaps this is not of great concern and adjustments are so easily made in PP.

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