As my posting on Image Bank threads increases, I become very aware of the fact that many of my good images are from the pre-digital days. I would like to get a slide scanner, but would love to ask Any Porters who have used them for their opinions.
In an ideal world, there would be one with a stack-loader that could process multiple images without continual close supervision. I have heard of flatbed scanners with slide copying capability that can take up to 8 slides. (Is that the most possible at this time?) I've also heard of many that do one at a time and require constant manipulation.
Which models have you used and what did you like or dislike about them?
I bought a slide scanner online, after hunting around. The brand that I got was VistaQuest, made in China, but received a manual only in German (even though I ordered from a French site).
It works quite well and can also scan and reverse negatives and also scan regular 8 or super 8 film frames. However, it only loads 4 slides at a time in a horizontal plastic frame that you slide into place yourself for each photo.
On the down side --
1. The results are darker than one would want, but photo correction software fixes most of the problems.
2. I just can't get all of the dust and lint off the slides, no matter how hard I try. Anything with a lot of bright sky is an absolute horror. All I can do is blur out the blemishes with photo correction software.
Those machines in photo labs must have fantastic blowers or vacuums!
Maybe a hairdryer would work blowing the lint and dust away ( on COOL of course) or one of those 'magnetic' house-dusters they sell in the supermarket - recognisable by the bright circular colours! Maybe...just maybe I take it that you have already tried that special 'paintbrush' I see my husband using to clean his camera lense?