Can you recommend a 33mm slides scanner?

Tim January 28, 2011
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A friend of mine is looking for a scanner that will do a good job scanning 33mm slides. Not sure of his price range but I know it should be on the consumer end of things. Any tips or suggestions would be extremely helpful.

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  1. mark
    February 2, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I have a Canon CanoScan 8600 that I am currently using to scan many years of 35 mm negatives to digital. This model is probably 4-5 years old, and Canon now has a 9000 model, that can probably be found for less than $200. On mine, the scanning dialog box requires some fiddling and tweaking to get it right, but once you get it where you want it, the images are very good, at least as good as the 4x6 prints you could get from MotoPhoto, et al. (I scan most of mine at 2400 dpi.) And, if there is a particular image that you really want to enlarge, you can always have one image scanned at much finer resolution. The nice thing about the 8800, and also the 9000 is that they use LED's, which don't require a warmup period, whereas mine uses a fluorescent light, which requires a bit to warm up to the proper temp. But it works well, although I'm an admitted Canon fan.

  2. ewleonardspock
    February 2, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I have an HP scanner that is capable of scanning slides. It's a ScanJet 7400c and it seems to work but I don't think they make them anymore, I imagine they have a newer model with the same functionality though. There is also a device which you can buy that looks like a rather large projector but it doesn't connect to anything and it has two separate lenses. Essentially, you just point the projector into one side of it and then put a camera into the other side and record. My experience with it wasn't that great but I might have just had it set up improperly, it might work a bit better for what you need though. I believe it is called a Video Transfer. Here's the link http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1366&bih=605&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=all+in+one+video+transfer+ambico&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq= . Otherwise, there are USB devices you plug into your computer which can transfer the slides/film digitally, I haven't had much luck with those either but then again, I might have had it set up the wrong way. Who knows. If none of those work you might just want to take the film to someone who specializes in film restoration and transfer. Hope this helps.

  3. Tina
    January 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Tim,

    did you try any of these recommendations? Did they work for you?

  4. FIDELIS
    January 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    This is a possible cheap solution:

    http://www.ionaudio.com/slides2pc

    This is one a little bit more expensive:

    http://www.ionaudio.com/omniscan

    If money is not an issue and you want to get professional results, visit this site:

    http://www.scancafe.com/how/how-it-works-overview