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Author Topic: Slides to 6 x 4 prints  (Read 304 times)

renluop

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Slides to 6 x 4 prints
« on: July 22, 2018, 11:45:48 AM »

Our eldest child reaches  50 soon and a grandchild has asked us to sort out some photos.
Many of the earliest years are on slides, and I am thinking of the best way to produce 6x4s from those slides. Is there a way, easy enough for old Ren, or a cheap way via the commercial path?

Multifunction is Canon Pixma MG6851.
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Re: Slides to 6 x 4 prints
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 11:58:45 AM »

You need a slide scanner to convert the slides to  .jpg files for printing and storing. I've no experience of these devices, but they're readily available from Amazon and other places for ~50.
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renluop

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Re: Slides to 6 x 4 prints
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2018, 12:24:10 PM »

An idea, if I want to do a lot, but of that I'm not to sure. :(
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Re: Slides to 6 x 4 prints
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2018, 05:12:43 PM »

I did put a cheap scanner on my letter to Santa, circa 6 or 7 years ago, with an eye to converting a boxfull of inherited family slides.

It did work, but I was dissapointed by quality.  Everthing I scanned had awful colour casts, though the originals looked fine on a (vintage!) slide viewer.   I have never got around to scanning all these slides but if I do, Id probably explore commercial services options, rather than pay more for a scanner I will never use again...

If you do decide to try a commercial service, Id suggest you dip a toe in the water first, with just a handful of slides.   Just in case they are no better than my Amazon cheapie. :-X


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Re: Slides to 6 x 4 prints
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2018, 09:12:41 PM »

My parents past away a few years ago and they were avid photographers and cine-film shooters.

To scan their slide collection, I purchased an Epson V550 Photo scanner.  It specifically has a slide option (and carrier) - scanning only a handful at time, but in amazing quality.  The Epson software automatically corrects for most colour changes that can occur over time.  For negatives, it can do 12 at a time.

I'd also invest in a goat's-hair brush, available on Amazon.  You need a way to remove all the dust that accumulates over the years - and also eventually accumulates on the scanning glass.  Obviously even the smallest bit of dust gets blown-up in size if not removed.

15,000 scans later and it's still going well!  (And 300+ cine films... but that's another story.)
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