I have a ton of slides taken by now deceased family members from the 1950's through the 80's. I would like to scan these and create a series of DVD's to save them on. I am seeking your recomendations on a good quality slide scanner to use for this purpose. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Given that your specified need, the DVD presentations, is far from demanding I would recommend that you at least consider a photo orientated flatbed scanner.
The Epson V500 (~$250US) is probably the best bang for the buck. It can batch scan multiple slides or negs in a single operation and its performance would be well above what is necessary for DVD display. If you will also be doing some scanning for very high quailty prints, you might consider the Epson V700 (~$550US, this was my choice and I'm very happy with it) or V750.
Another way to read the request is that the DVD medium is to be long term storage of high quality images for multiple applications. This probably would take a different scanner something along the Nikon Coolscan line with the slide loader. //Del
True, and if that is the case the potential scanner list should be tilted toward the high end. This would still leave the Epson V700 and V750 in "competition".
If the old originals are purely 35mm slides and negs then the dedicated film scanners should be a serious consideration. If there is a mix of formats, the price of compatible film scanners rises considerably.
Also, the quailty of the originals should be considered. The vast majority of amateur snapshots taken with less than top of the line equipment won't contain detail that challenges mid-line film scanners or the Epson v500, v700, v750.
Thank you for the responses. I have a Microtek scanner that is supposed to also do slides (with backlighting option) but does a poor job on slides and negatives. It works wonderfully on reflective media, but poorly on slides. I am looking for a dedicated slide/negative scanner for 35mm media. The DVD is for long term storage and easy retrieval of images for printing. I am guessing that with the huge quantity of slides, I can buy a scanner for less than the cost of having someone else scan them for me. I am leaning toward the Nikon Coolscan line but wanted the opinions of those here with more experience in the area than I have.
The Nikon Coolscans are a good choice. I recommend you get a scanner that has Digital ICE to remove dust and scratches. You will find a lot of dust on the scan without Digital ICE. I have a Nikon 9000 and it works great - I almost never find and dust spots on my scans.
I've been pleased with my Nikon CoolScan V for scanning old slides and some B&W negs. Digital ICE is a godsend for getting rid of dust etc. Dilgital ICE will not work on B&W negs, and is reported to not work on older Kodachromes, but I had excellent luck with using it on my '70s vintage Kodachromes. ICE is part of the software package that comes with the Nikon CoolScans. Unfortunately, with the CoolScan V, only one slide at a time can be scanned which gets old very fast. The higher end CoolScans can take an automatic loader I believe, which adds quite a bit to the price tag. The upside is that it really is fun to digitize a nice old slide and turn it into something maybe even better than the original. Have fun!
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Thanks, but we have looked at having it done. With several thousand slides we could nearly pay for a scanner with the cost. We also operate a small graphic design business where we could also provide the service to our clients to further defray the cost.
I am an avid Nikonian but I recently purchased a Canon CanoScan 8800F scanner after considerable research and deliberation. It cost me $300 at Future Shop. It comes with bundled software and built in F.A.R.E. level 3 retouching technology.
I've spent the last three days working with it to batch scan old 35mm and 120 format negative film strips. It does a really good job and I am very satisfied with it. It can scan up to 9600dpi but this is a slow rate of scanning and not really as useful as 4800dpi or the more average 1200dpi.
The images come out rich and colourful with dust and scratch correction and fade correction features.
I don't need to mention that it is fast in scanning documents and photos and produces good results.
Thank you very much for your response. I am looking at two choices from the Microtek line. Both the i900 and the Artixcan M1. Both offer a "drawer" for scanning slides and negatives and will also allow scanning of larger film formats. The specs of the two look very similar with an optical resolution of 3200 dpi. The M1 is a bit more expensive and I can't seem to figure out why. Either one will replace our aging Microtek X6el flatbed and offer better film scanning ability than we now have.
I have a Nikon Coolscan 4000 that I scanned abotu 6000 slides with several years ago it works great. The only complaint was the automatic feeder jams up a lot with old cardboard mounts and even with my jury rigged system would seldom scan 40 slides without jamming once or more times.
I learned a curious thing doing this. Only the Kodachrome slides from 30-50 years ago were still in good shape. All other slides, Ectachrome, Dynachrome etc had color shiffed and many had mold growing on them.
I think the Coolscan 5000 is the best option in that it has a little better performance and is quicker. It is still under 1 grand. The Coolscan 9000 is fine if you have different formats, but if not, the Coolscan 5000 would be my ticket. The Coolscan V is fine if you aren't doing many slides, which doesn't match your application.
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Thanks for the suggestion. We also have a few images on 4x5 and 120 film to be scanned. The Microtek options are also easier to justify against our design business. I think we will accept the lower quality film scans and opt for the Microtek.