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Slide and Negative Scanner – memories are made of this


The Slide & Negative Scanner converts manky old 35mm slides and negative stock into shiny new digital formats. Which you can then burn to CD and keep for…ooh…at least 1 year until the CD degrades and you’ve lost everything. Hmm…on second thoughts, maybe just keep the film stock safe in a dark drawer somewhere, OK? $99.95 including editing software.

 Slides and negatives are placed into a tray that aligns each properly; the touch of a button scans the image instantly. It has a 5MP CMOS sensor that provides 10 bits per color channel for data conversion, and uses fixed focus and automatic exposure control and color balance, resulting in clear digital images without loss of resolution. It can scan images up to 1829 dpi and uses three white LEDs as a back light source. It has a USB cable that plugs into a computer for photo transfers and power.


  • It’s a good gadget – I scanned in a bunch of 30 year old slides on the one my Dad has. He’s been doing old B&W negatives. The scans can be a little fuzzy – I think the LEDs it uses are possibly too bright or something. However it means that you can get to see and print out stuff that was previously just sitting there. Definitely worth having if you have a lot of slides. (It is pricey in the UK though at 99UKP – haven’t seen it cheaper anywhere yet)

  • Ah, thanks for that L. :-) Better than an Epson scanner with slide adapter then?

  • There are a few about. I got one called a PrimeFilm 3600 on offer (about the same price – interesting to see the xchge rate on $ to � for this). Plus mine was the size of a small country) a while ago on offer.

    Take your point about the longevity of burned CDRs – worthy of note!

    However, once scanned digitally, I backup my ‘precious memories’ (cue lift music) on a few LaCie Drives, and am thinking of ‘investing’ some time and/or money in the online archive sites around. Kinda worth it I figure.

    Actually, once I’m done, the thing is pretty much useless, so I am thinking of either an eBay job or maybe a ‘share ‘n share’ club with local chums and rellies. Bit too good to giveaway on JunkkYard!

    Can’t speak to quality, but for volume (time) and a Luddite user (ease) I tried the scanner route and this way is waaaaay better.

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