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Scanner for 35mm slides and negatives

Discussion in 'photo' started by Paul56, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    Vuescan is pretty good at OCR (Optical Character Recognition) of printed text.
  2. JemHayward

    JemHayward pfm Member

    In the past I've used Minolta, Nikon, an Epson flatbed and Polaroid - the latter, when working well (with Vuescan) gave the best results. I loaned the Polaroid to a friend, and it's not yet returned, but I don't have a computer that could interface with it now, and the last thing i want to do is scan more slides.

    I have a slide copier that I can attach to my camera, though I think that it will crop the slide as my camera has an APS-C sensor, though I'm not sure that I've actually tried it.
  3. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    I made my own, by taping a white acrylic square to the front of my Macro lens hood, and buying a strong daylight bulb. Blue tac the slide to the inside of the acrylic, focus and bingo. Once I'd played about a bit, the results were quite respectable! And it's free :)
    Here's one from Tehran '76, taken on an old Cosina SLR.
    [​IMG]miles J by John Dutfield, on Flickr
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  4. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    I have done the same with negatives and reversed them in Picasa - worked well.
  5. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    A used Konica-Minolta Elite Scan 5400 is likely pretty cheap now. I used one for years and it's excellent with 35mm film — B&W or colour, negative or transparency — but it's as slow as molasses in January.

    It's unlikely the bundled software will work on a newer computer, so whatever it costs be sure to factor in the cost of Vuescan.

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  6. Patrick Dixon

    Patrick Dixon Imagineer

    I am playing with a Noritsu LS-600 scanner ATM. Here's a couple of old shots I have scanned.

    [​IMG]FUJI HR200-24-1-25

    This is a guy called Mike Thackwell in an F2 Ralt at Thruxton in 1984


    and this is a guy called Ayrton Senna (before he was famous) in an F1 Toleman in 1984
  7. Paul56

    Paul56 Well-Known Member


    The 5400 is on my wish list (as well as the Nikon Coolscan IV RD) , but I can't find one for sale at the moment. I suspect they don't come on the market that frequently, but I'll be patient for a while and see.

    I'll certainly be getting Vuescan Pro as soon as I've managed to source a machine.

  8. Paul56

    Paul56 Well-Known Member


    Just had a look at second-hand prices on ebay; the average is about 1000€ so well outside my budget. It produces excellent results though! Probably a machine aimed more at the 'pro' market.

  9. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    I bought a Konica-Minolta Elite Scan 5400 ages ago and it is a great 35mm film scanner, though it is slow. I've also used a Nikon CoolScan IV at work and it's also an excellent film scanner and slightly faster.

    I'd be hard pressed to say which is better in practice, but the Elite Scan does have slightly higher resolution. I think the DMax of the two scanners are in practice pretty much the same. If in your place I'd buy whichever comes up first at a decent price. Servicing and parts may be hard to come by, so don't pay a lot in case the scanner goes kaput after a while.

  10. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    Meantime you can be selecting the slides and negatives you want to digitize, I suspect that will be a bigger task than actually scanning the images.
  11. JemHayward

    JemHayward pfm Member

    Inspired by this thread, I've got a slide out (a deliberately difficult velvia slide that never scanned well) and looked at a few ways of reproducing it digitally, with my camera. I got my old Ohnar Zoom slide copier, but it suffers, as expected from the magnification factor of my APS-C sensor so, I can't capture the whole frame. Also, the quality wasn't as good as I was expecting. Great for picking out a small detail, but not great for the overview. Next stab at the problem was using my 90mm lens with an extension ring, but that was difficult to position, then I tried my Zeiss 50mm f1.4 with extension tubes, and that was ok, but bizarrely the best one is my Fuji 16mm with an extension ring which resulted in an incredibly close focus position but a really nice sharp image. I need to get a setup where I can control the camera angle and working distance from my lightbox, but the results so far are really as good as my scanners ever were.

    [​IMG]slide copy - pompideu by Jem Hayward, on Flickr

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