Want to save Dad's old Slides

Old 07-01-05, 11:16 PM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Want to save Dad's old Slides

Lots of great slides sitting in suitcases. About 30 years worth. Is there an easily buildable adapter I can fit to my Kodak EasyShare and snap a digital picture of each? I'm aware it would be labor intensive, but I've more time than money, and besides, I can 'diddle' with each one to possibly improve its quality.

Thanx for any ideas,

Old 07-02-05, 05:37 AM
GregH's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 9,498
Received 66 Upvotes on 61 Posts

Slide copy adapters are available for dig cameras but I could not come up with one that would fit your camera.
The ones I saw were for more complex dig cameras with a threaded lens.

You might have difficulty making an adapter because in addition to needing a holder for the slide there must be a lens to adapt the optics of the camera.
Your best bet would be to purchase a slide scanner.
There are ones available for this purpose or you could purchase a flat bed scanner with an adapter.

I have a few slides to copy and have an HP 4570 scanner with an attachment for slides.
It's a bit slow but does the job.
Make sure the scanner is 2400 dpi optical or better for decent results.
Old 07-10-05, 09:19 PM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 5,651
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Want to save Dad's old Slides

I have become the family photo historian. Including my own slides, photos and negatives I have about 7000 images to deal with. Some are the advanced film system negatives on spools.

I started to scan with my HP 4670 scanner and it worked OK, but couldn't handle the spools. I went to E-bay and bought a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV Scanner. It can go to 3200 dpi. I am also not in a hurry, but I would rather spend my time fixing up than scanning. I just saw one on E-bay for about 175.00 (reconditioned). My reconditioned scanner appears to be new or at least perfect and works well. For advanced film, you will have to pop for an adapter, but nothing else is needed for 35mm slides or negatives.

I had planned on doing what my friend did - buy, scan everything and then sell for close to what he paid, but its so much fun I will probably keep mine.

Old 09-27-05, 07:57 AM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 269
Received 1 Upvote on 1 Post
Slide adaptors are old fashioned and not the greatest.
We too have an HP scanner, the model 4070, and it has the slide holder and does well.
My wife has transferred all the slides I took to DVD. Yes, it takes time, but well worth it.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: