Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service
I was looking at slides that have been stored for many years. I looked at one box (all in airequipt magazines) from 1964. I saw a guy that I didn't recognize next to a car I didn't recognize, parked in front of a garage... Wait a minute, I know that garage & the basketball goal attached to it. A little more exploring revealed the identity of that guy. It was me.
Like many others I would love to get those slides (I assume that they were 10 or 12 ASA Kodachrome)digitized. I absolutely do not want to do it myself. I probably have somewhere between 750-1,000 slides. After I attack the slides, I have piles & piles of B+W & Color negatives.
Not looking for images to enter in any contest, but of course I'm not interested in junk either.
Does anyone have a vendor, that at the very least, is reliable? I could try a few to see the possible results.
Any experience, good or bad, would be appreciated.
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#1. "RE: Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service" | In response to Reply # 0
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#3. "RE: Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service" | In response to Reply # 2ctadin Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008Fri 05-Jul-13 04:09 AM
A few of my fellow photographers have used Scan Cafe and were happy with the results.
I also have boxes of negatives and slides that I will one day go thru to see if there's anything I would like to have digitized.
#4. "RE: Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service" | In response to Reply # 3OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011Fri 05-Jul-13 05:01 AM
It is certainly right to have concerns about the time that scanning takes. I have been working through thousands of slides and negatives from many years past. Generally if I am lucky I can scan three or four films a day perhaps in a very good week 1,000 images. It does depend on the amount of post processing that the images require. (Why do the most personally valuable ones need most work?) I am not sure I would like to pay someone to spend that much time on my images.
My concern is that I would then cull out images based on the wrong criteria and miss many that should have received better consideration. Mind you my situation may have some additional influence on my actions. Family 'issues' tether me to the house for much of the day and some mobility issues have also reduced my activity levels. So I have had to trade generating new images for dealing with and archiving old ones.
Bottom line, I would not rule out scanning your own images for all time. Even if the present time is not right, dark winter nights and other situations might well give the chance to work through those old images - but first get a high quality scanner.
#6. "RE: Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service" | In response to Reply # 4Fri 05-Jul-13 07:53 PM
Hey wait a minute, "OldCodger".... That should be my handle.
I have so many higher priority projects that I may never have time to die.
I can sit on my coffee table in my family room and shoot off my trpod into the backyard, or just go out on my deck and shoot most of the day. Who knows, I may get there at some point, but I won't go gently into the night. Volunteering as a coach, etc. at a local Middle School and taking care of my 93 yr old Father-In-Law keep me pretty busy.
BTW, what scanner are you using?
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#7. "RE: Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service" | In response to Reply # 6OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011Sat 06-Jul-13 04:48 AM
I am using a Nikon Coolscan VED, I cannot understand why they dropped support for it! I managed to get it working with Windows 7 64 bit after a slight hassle.
I can sympathise with the issues of support for ageing family members, my mother died last year at 93 and I was her court appointed manager for a number of her final years. Now I deal with my 92 year old Father in much the same way. I am selling the old family home, (it's 200 miles away and has not been lived in for 4 or 5 years) so managing that will be one thing off my headache list!
I would love to shoot out of the windows into the garden...our old Labrador is pretty calm these days and the wild life ignores him and he ignores it - until he thinks he hears something and needs to tell the neighbours. We also do a daily dog sit for my daughter's two younger dogs following the recent birth of a grandchild. Mother and daughter are doing well. However, the mother, our daughter has many long standing health issues so will never be able to drive. She often has to be fetched over to my wife and I for some R&R along with her dogs. They live quite close by, but it is amazing how many miles one can rack up, back and forth without really going anywhere.
My 'house tether' is mainly due to being on call for things that go wrong, including another, 'live in' disabled daughter who, until recently could not be left alone for more than short periods.
I had a back operation a few months ago to deal with Stenosis and the result was wonderful, I can now walk unaided, Wow what a relief that was. I went into hospital, bent over, shuffling on crutches and came out standing erect, walking unaided with no crutches - the next day. I can now go out walking with the three dogs, all on leads as one is a full husky, one a husky cross and the third our ageing Lab still believes he can show off to the 'girls' and chase foxes, deer or his imagination!
Yes, I know full well how stuffed with challenges retirement can be.
Now to fire up my Coolscan and do a few more images and restore memories of people and events long passed, before I eat breakfast.
#5. "RE: Need Help w/Outside Scanning Service" | In response to Reply # 3Fri 05-Jul-13 07:47 PM
Thanks for the info, Cheryl.
Has anyone ever heard about Affordable-35mm-slide-scanning.com? They will do 10 for free as a demo. May give that a try. My hassle will be removing the Airequipt holders on each slide.
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