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


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

Not only does it look like it will do the job, but he also directs you to a really fine site ( 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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