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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 12, March 19, 2000, Article 6

CONVERTING SLIDES TO DIGITAL FORMAT 

   Bob Cochran writes: "I purchased an HP 5200CSE scanner 
   a few months ago, and also purchased a slide adapter for it. 
   I haven't used the slide adapter yet, but the part number is 
   C7677-67735.  It was about $25." 

   Mike Metras writes:  "Alan Luedeking asks whether anyone 
   has an easy way to scan slides.  I think I can infer from the 
   content of his question that he has a scanner, hopefully a 
   flatbed scanner.  If so, a friend recently came across an 
   internet site that tells how to build a simple paper reflector- 
   adapter that allows you to scan slides with a regular flatbed 
   scanner.  Look at 
   http://www.abstractconcreteworks.com/essays/scanning/Backlighter.html 

   Not only does it look like it will do the job, but he also directs 
   you to a really fine site (http://www.scantips.com/) with a lot of 
   very good tips on scanning.   I have not tried the reflector 
   because I have the scanner I mention in the next paragraph, but 
   it sure looks like it should work with a little effort. 

   That being said, I use a Hewlett Packard Photo Smart scanner. 
   It is designed specifically for scanning slides, negatives, and small 

   (up to 3x5) photos.  It is in the $300-$400 range depending on 
   where you get it. But I do a lot of slide and negative digitizing and 

   this is a really wonderful tool for doing it quickly and efficiently.  It 
   allows me to scan even small portions of the original slide or 
   negative.  If the quality is in the slide, this scanner picks it up. For 
   photos, it is so much better to scan the negative than the print 
   because you can get all the sharpness of the original." 

   Kerry Wetterstrom, Publisher of The Celator, writes: 
   "In response to Alan Luedeking's request for information on 
   scanning slides,  I use a Nikon Coolscan III slide scanner. It 
   works beautifully, is easy to set-up and use, and comes with 
   its own software that is also simple to use (or a plug-in that 
   works with Photoshop). Relatively inexpensive at 
   approximately $750, the cost is justified if you own a lot of slides 
   that you want to scan.  I use it for The Celator and have found it 
   invaluable.  Many flatbed scanners have the ability to scan 
   transparencies but do not work as well with mounted 35mm 
   slides." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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