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Posted May 02, 2012 - 09:17 PM

I was looking at the photography thread, and you guys are taking some really nice pictures. I did most of my photography years ago on slide and color negative film. Does anyone have a good handle on what sort of resolution is needed to do a quality conversion from slide to digital. I have the impression that since photographs are physically large, the "dots per inch" don't have to be very high to do a good job. However, since a slide is so much smaller, I'd think you need a really high "dot per inch" count. I'd like to be able to reprint to as large as 8x10 for each item so that quality is preserved.
Anyone willing to share info?

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 09:21 PM

Howard, there are some shadow box devices that I have seen, but never used. They project onto back wall of the box & you take a picture of that. Never used one, but they look like a good idea. Then the resolution is dependent on your camera.
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Posted May 02, 2012 - 09:35 PM

I just spent some time looking online for what I'm talking about... Seems like they no longer do those. Huh, must have not worked well.
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Posted May 02, 2012 - 09:58 PM

have you tried scanning them? some scanners are able to copy slides and/or negitive strips, they have a holder for them.
a good old program for editing them is 20/20 from http://www.sofotex.c...nload_L230.html
it is free to download and use. I have been using it from around 1990 and it is still one of the best out there.
it can take slides (negitives) and change them into positives
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Posted May 02, 2012 - 10:12 PM

Hi Howard, How were you planning on doing the conversion? Are you going to try a Printer/Scanner? Dave
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Posted May 02, 2012 - 10:12 PM

I am in process of converting slides from my childhood to digital. I am using a Wolverine brand converter. It works for slides well. These are a few examples of how well they turn out. I hope this helps.

GenoPICT0065 (2).JPG PICT0068 (2).JPG PICT0098 (2).JPG

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 10:15 PM

I have an HP scanner that Negatives or slides slide in a slot inside the top cover. I was amazed at how well it worked. I don't even know if they still have it. I have since bought a new all in one and it doesn't have that feature. Oh and I know I paid lass that $100.00 for it back about 4 years or so ago.I also still have it I just don't use it anymore.I just dug it out , it is a HP Scanjet 4370
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Posted May 02, 2012 - 10:16 PM

I am in process of converting slides from my childhood to digital. I am using a Wolverine brand converter. It works for slides well. These are a few examples of how well they turn out. I hope this helps.

GenoPICT0065 (2).JPG PICT0068 (2).JPG PICT0098 (2).JPG

Those came out great!
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Posted May 02, 2012 - 10:19 PM

I bought a scanner back a couple of months ago to scan all my parents slides.......I have not had time to do the slides yet.....but attached is an older black and white photo of my grandfather.....I was really impressed with the speed and the quality of the photo....

The Canon Model number is Canoscan 9000F

The picture saved on my computer looks better than how it uploaded to the site.....not sure why??

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 10:19 PM

Thanks, I am really pleased with the results. I had to throw in the one with the short boy and tall girls for fun. Yes I am the short boy!

Geno

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 11:10 PM

Hi Howard, How were you planning on doing the conversion? Are you going to try a Printer/Scanner? Dave

I am thinking of buying a scanner. I just want to make sure I get something with high enough resolution for slides.

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 11:11 PM

I bought a scanner back a couple of months ago to scan all my parents slides.......I have not had time to do the slides yet.....but attached is an older black and white photo of my grandfather.....I was really impressed with the speed and the quality of the photo....

The Canon Model number is Canoscan 9000F

The picture saved on my computer looks better than how it uploaded to the site.....not sure why??


My guess is that uploading it to the site changed the resolution.

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 11:12 PM

Thanks, I am really pleased with the results. I had to throw in the one with the short boy and tall girls for fun. Yes I am the short boy!

Geno

That reminded me of pictures of me when I was a child :p

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Posted May 02, 2012 - 11:45 PM

I am thinking of buying a scanner. I just want to make sure I get something with high enough resolution for slides.

Howard, They do make several dedicated scanners as mentioned in some of the previous replies. They are designed to do what you are wanting to do.

Search : convert film negatives to digital. Also search: covert slides to digital. All kinds of info you need on this.

I am glad that you have brought this subject up. I quit using film myself 12 years ago. I have alot of negatives that I should get converted. As you probably already know, negatives have a bad storage life without proper care. Thanks
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Posted May 03, 2012 - 04:17 AM

Nice thread guys. IThose slide scans came out really nice. I have some as well that i should digitize. I think it may be time to invest in a newer scanner with all the features for doing this.




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