Scanning of Dias - How To?

I have thousands of dias from the old days where I used my Nikormat. Some of the dias are really valuable to me and I would like to digitalize them. Since I shall soon retire, I thought this might be one of my retirement projects..

Can somebody point me in the right direction, so I can figure out how to do this?The cost of having a shop do it is inhibitive..

Am I in the right forum for this?.

Thank you all!..

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I'll plead ignorant of "Dias", but I gather the Nikkormat used 35mm film/transparencies..

If thats what you have then one common strategy is to buy a quality used film scanner (ebay, etc), spend a day, week, month, year scanning in all your negatives/slides, then turn around and sell the scanner on ebay.Warm regards,DOF..

Comment #1

Oba1 wrote:.

Hi,I have thousands of dias from the old days where I used my Nikormat.Some of the dias are really valuable to me and I would like todigitalize them. Since I shall soon retire, I thought this might beone of my retirement projects.Can somebody point me in the right direction, so I can figure out howto do this?.

Hmm... hit the same problem with my old films. What I actually did was paying to have some scanned, then got so into it that I bought a film scanner and did the job myself. I still have the scanner and scan comercially..

So, here comes advice..

1. research the market for a good film scanner. I would reccomend the Nikon line. What your scanner MUST have is Digital ICE, a technology which reduces the scratches on film..

2. If you have thounsands and thousands of frames, you might want a transparency adapter, so you won't have to feed the frames one at a time. Research the cost/benefit. I have yet to get a large batch of dias to scan, but even a box or two makes me regret I don't have the adapter..

3. After you buy it, expect a learning curve. Try and try and try until you start to develop a feeling about the film and the image you are going to get..

The cost of having a shop do it is inhibitive..

The scanner ain't cheap either. However, you can sell it afterwards, or you can scan for other friends and aquitances. It's up to you..

If you want more tips about choosing the scanner, feel free to ask..


Comment #2

Thank you for a good answer. Yes please, if you have some recommendations and maybe even experience with scanners, please tell about it!.



Comment #3

Thank you for a good answer..

Yes, dias meant slides. I thought dias was an international expression, but I was wrong. Not the first time!.

Maybe your suggestion is what I should do. Buy good scanner and sell it again when the job is done..



Comment #4

I've never heard the term "dias", either. I've learned something..

Not sure why they're called "slides", either. Perhaps due to the way they slide in and out of the carousel or carrier that was used in the projector..

I agree with the previous poster. Buy a good scanner on ebay then sell it when your done. Scanners are cheap these days. It'll make a good retirement project, that's for sure..

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Oba1 wrote:.

Thank you for a good answer. Yes please, if you have somerecommendations and maybe even experience with scanners, please tellabout it!.

Ok. So, my issue was to scan a few hundred negative films, most of which were cut into stripes and inserted into sleevers..

I've seen flatbed scanners with film adapters - that's NOT what you want. Slow and cumbersome. And poor quality, too..

Now, based on the availability on the local market, I had to choose between a Pacific Image film scanner and the Nikon line. The PF had no Digital ICE, so it fell..

Nikon has three film scanners, the Coolscan V, 5000 and 9000, if I remember correctly. 9000 is pretty similar with the Coolscan V, except it accepts medium format. I did not need that specifically, and the price difference is huge..

Now, between the V and 5000, it's a tough choice. I bought the V, because it was cheaper, and I wanted to get my money back ASAP. Actually, I have a good advantage..

On the other hand, I would have loved the 5000 with optional roll film adapter and slide feeder adapter..

The main differences between V and 5000 as far as I am concerned are:.

1. bit depth 14 vs 162. scan time (I think it's double for the V - 38 seconds vs 20)3. the V does not accept the roll film adapter..

Keep in mind, you won't get 20 or 40 seconds per frame. My normal scan time for a 36 frame film is about 2 hours....

So, if you don't want to sit near the computer and feed the slides every minute or two minutes, a slide adaptor might be great..

Then, you have to choose the software... and you don't have many choices... and none are great, if you ask me. I finally settled on the provided Nikon Scan..

And then... it's the learning curve..



Comment #6

I have done several thousand negatives with a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000. It has the auto loader for the film, and one for slides. Never used it for slides..

It is slow, it is entirely too picky about the film, and the software crashes like clockwork, usually taking down the entire computer. For the money, I am terribly disappointed in the Coolscan. The scans look great, when you finally get them into the computer. Getting them there is way too much work..

I recently (last week) did a small batch of about 120 shots, on one of these....


It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the Nikon. It also MUCH cheaper! Not as many options in the included scan software, manual feed, but very good looking scans out of it. Since film scanning is a slow process anyway, it was either just as fast, or even slightly faster, to do those 120 frames with this cheap manual scanner, as doing them on the Nikon that cost almost 10 times as much..

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