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Robert Durran - on 20 Nov 2012
Can anyone recommend a good professional slide scanning service. I don't mind paying for quality (within reason) and they must be reliable and trustworthy - my slides are my most irreplacable possessions and I will feel very nervous sending the best ones off anywhere (but this is also partly why I want them scanned!).
timparkin - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to Robert Durran:

I've just been drum scanning Alan Hinkes slides although at 8 for each 35mm it may be too expensive. The results are very good though if you want to see a sample?
Robert Durran - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to timparkin:

I'm afraid that is rather outside my price range (I'm thinking of getting a few hundred done!)
Robert Durran - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to Robert Durran:

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Andrew Lodge - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to Robert Durran: If you want to try doing a few yourself I have an old scanner that has a slide adapter. Gives good results but is time consuming
10 collected from Huddersfield or 20 posted
Rob Exile Ward on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to Robert Durran: Chris Craggs of this parish has scanned 50+ of my most treasured slides, I thought he did a pretty good job tbh. Worth an email I would have thought.
Dave - on 18 Dec 2012
In reply to Robert Durran:
I've used MrScan and thought the results were very good, better than other scans I've had done from time to time. There are a few examples labelled as scans on my gallery.
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:
> Chris Craggs of this parish has scanned 50+ of my most treasured slides, I thought he did a pretty good job tbh. Worth an email I would have thought.

Thanks for the compliment - you forgot to mention the bargain price of 50p a pop! ;-)

As it turns out I am away from home and the scanner for a couple of months as from today.


Chris
Sean Kelly - on 18 Dec 2012
In reply to Robert Durran: Drum scan. Nothing compares. You get what you pay for with scanning. Try Loxley Colour for professional results.
Dave - on 18 Dec 2012
In reply to Chris Craggs:
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> Thanks for the compliment - you forgot to mention the bargain price of 50p a pop! ;-)

25-35p a scan at MrScan, depending how many you have scanned...

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> 25-35p a scan at MrScan, depending how many you have scanned...

That's good value - do they clean them and do levels/colour adjustments and keep them on their 'puter in case the clients need them again?


Chris
Dave - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Chris Craggs:
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> That's good value - do they clean them and do levels/colour adjustments and keep them on their 'puter in case the clients need them again?

Yes is the short answer. More details here http://www.mr-scan.co.uk/slides.html

I should emphasise I have nothing to do with them, just a satisfied customer. An example of a couple of their scans here http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=158776 and here http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=157111

In reply to Dave:

That looks great, and it undercuts my TIFFs by 1p!



Chris

Robert Durran - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Chris Craggs:
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> That looks great, and it undercuts my TIFFs by 1p!

Is there any advantage to getting TIFFS for projection or viewing on a big TV?
Robert Durran - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Dave:
> I should emphasise I have nothing to do with them, just a satisfied customer. An example of a couple of their scans here http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=158776 and here http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=157111

Those look great. Are they particularly good examples or typical?

Dave - on 19 Dec 2012
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Fairly typical, I didnt play around with the images before putting them on here. I did notice that a good slide results in a good scan, a less than perfect slide results in a fairly poor scanned image. I'm no expert on this, and maybe it's possible to do all sorts of corrections, but my impression is its only worth scanning the good ones. An example of a less good scan is this
http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=159310 where the original exposure was perhaps not quite on.

When I look at my slides now I realise how much more difficult it was to take good pictures with that medium....

Robert Durran - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Dave:
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An example of a less good scan is this
> http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=159310 where the original exposure was perhaps not quite on.

Still looks pretty good. I think I'll give Mr Scan a go. Thanks.
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> When I look at my slides now I realise how much more difficult it was to take good pictures with that medium....

But nothing really beats a good quality projected slide - why I held out against going digital until only two yeas ago.

jon on 21 Dec 2012
In reply to Robert Durran:
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> But nothing really beats a good quality projected slide

Until it pops after a few seconds and you have to focus it again. Then the next one...
Robert Durran - on 21 Dec 2012
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> Until it pops after a few seconds and you have to focus it again. Then the next one...

But you can make them big and bright and perfect without a projector costing thousands of pounds! So many digital "slide" shows turn out rather disappointing.


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