A family member passed away recently and he had a bunch of old slides that I would like to scan and give digital copies to others in the family. The problem is, this will likely be the only time in my life I would be using this scanner. Since this is the case, I do not want to have a lot of money invested into this scanner.
Any suggestions on a cheap option? I'm not looking for a 4800x9600 scanner, but would like decent results.
OR if someone would be interested in loaning me your scanner, I will gladly play the shipping. Just a thought.
set aside lots of time for dusting, loading, adjusting, naming
do the math, calculate how much space these files will take, add in the cost of buying more storage (DVDs are a pain)
See if you can borrow either a dSLR "slide copier" (Sam's or Costco had one for under $100) or a fancy-schmancy auto scanner with a 100-slide carousel for overnight scanning. The slide copier will get you 3 to 5 MB files, the carousel higher if you set it higher. The big boys have ICE and other cleaner programs built in and in my experience, result in 5 min/slide to scan. A slide carrier will take 8 hours just to scan 100 slides, at max quality/cleanup.
I'd get a service to do this. I had 4000+ slides to scan, and it took me quite a while. As it happens I often work from home, so I had the opportunity to take two minutes to load up the scanner with 4 slides, click GO and then dial into a conference call while it took the next 20+ minutes to scan them. And I might also be able to find another two minutes to kick it again during that same conf call. 5+ min per scan adds up quickly, but if you have other things to do it's not too bad.
On the other hand if you have no other slides to copy, this doesn't seem like a great investment. My Epson V600 cost me about $175 IIRC, so if you have 200 slides to do that's still almost $1 each.
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Looks like I could have a total of 1200 slides (assuming all 15 carousels are full). It's going to be a pain, but my grandmother doesn't have a lot of money to pay to have someone do this. That's why I'm looking to do this myself.
When I needed a video camera for a university course I bought one second-hand on eBay then sold it again at the end of the course, with the result that the net cost to me was minimal. I've considered doing that with a slide scanner too, as there are some good 2nd hand models available on eBay, but I haven't committed yet. It's another option.