Many of us oldies have boxes of 35mm slides around we took in the 1970s and 1980s - well before the digital era changed photography forever. Or if you are younger maybe you have boxes that your parents or even grandparents took. These things go back 60 years or more.
Projectors for these slides are out of production or hard to find. Besides maybe you want them on your PC - as accessible as your digicam photos are today. So what to do?
Well if you were doing this in 2002 you'd probably want a dedicated Nikon or Minolta film scanner. You can still pick them up used on eBay. But don't.
These old scanners were expensive, painfully slow, required a computer connection - USB 2 if you were lucky. Their scanner software and drivers were made for Windows 98 or XP at best. You can't use them with Windows 7 or later unless you get a new scanner driver from VueScan - which costs about $70 US.
An old scanner took 30 seconds to make a 640X480 image. OK back when most CRT monitors were 1024X768 at best. But today - pah. If you wanted true high res it could take 4 minutes to do one slide.
Scanning technology has now entered the digital age and today's scanners are really just slide viewers hooked up to a digital camera with a macro lens. A high res scan/photo that fits on a typical 1920X1080 screen is done in 5 seconds or less. You can put hundreds of scans on an SD card and transfer them as easily as you do your digital photos.
In my case I have already gone through the slides and put the best ones in Carousel trays as part of my painful low res scans 15 years ago, Now before scanning the rest of the slides in my collection I think it would be best just to go back and rescan the ones in the trays.
You can get slides scanned by a mail in service but if you have more than 300 it's probably worth getting a modern slide scanner like a Jumbl unit and doing it yourself. You can clean up dirt and imperfections and make color corrections in a program like GIMP or Photoshop Elements. Even my favorite photo organizing program - ACDSee - has good photo enhancement tools.
Edited by raymac46, 31 March 2017 - 09:30 AM.