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Karel


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#4135 2009-06-20 18:23 GMT-5 hours    
Hi all could anyone advise me whats the most appropriate copier to get ,as I would like to upload some of my slides on to the computer,and from there to this site.
Many thanks Charlie

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#4138 2009-06-22 03:06 GMT-5 hours    
Hy Charlie,

I think you mean a Scanner ? For scanning slides the best thing you can get is an film scanner - if you have a lot of slides then you buy one or if you have not so many you can maybe rent one too.

Ok, it's also possible to scan slides with 'cheaper' Flatbed Scanners. The quality of the scan is then not so good, but you are more flexible with scanning also some documents of yours.

I own a Nikon IV-negative/slide-scanner and I'm happy with it. You can see some of the results here on Airfighters, everything before 2003 was made on wetfilm/slide and scanned with this scanner.
Before this I had an Canon 2700F negative/slide scanner. It was a good scanner, but the bulb inside had not suvived very long. For that I had to change it.

The differences between the 3 big manufacturers Nikon/Minolta and Reflecta (Minolta and Reflecta uses the ICE-technology invented by Nikon) are not so big. Canon produces no more that kind of scanners.
For choosing the right one, you have to look at:

- Scantime per slide
- possibility to put more than one slide at a time in the scanner (maybe only possible with expensive Extra's (NIKON !)
- price
- Slide-Scanners are quit loud and it's mostly not recommended to work the same time on other things on the computer

On his german site (this article is not yet translatet to english, sorry), Patrick Wagner had put some Scanners in relation. Nikon's Super Coolscan 9000 ED is the best one there.

Anyway, I recommend also to buy the NeatImage-Filter to digitalyse your slides (filter for photoshop) ! It helped me a lot to upload my pictures to airfighters, especially my old wetfilms where quit noisy.

I hope I helped a bit for your decision. Greetings, Grimmi

Muuuuhhh - welcome in the land of milk and chocolate

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#4139 2009-06-22 04:29 GMT-5 hours    
Grimmi is absolutly right about using neat image in the post-processing phase. You can use it as a plug in Photoshop, or download a free copy and use it seperatly. I use a Minolta Dimage IV scanner without ICE technology, and ICE might not work as well on Kodachrome slides i've been told. If you start scanning at the highest resolution you might end up with 70+ MB files, therefore I scan them most of the time at 1200-1800 dpi for internet purposes.

Good luck

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#4141 2009-06-23 18:03 GMT-5 hours    
Hi Guys
Many thanks ,scanner is what I meant , You have made up my mind as what to buy, as most of my collection is Kodachrome 65. Thanks for your help.
Best wishes
Charlie

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