Noreeyay 3:39am, 20 August 2009
So I'm back from my 2 week jaunt back home to Ohio. I brought back with me a few boxes of Kodachrome slides that belong to my father that I'd like to have prints made from. They are from the1960 during his time in the military and irreplaceable so I'm a bit nervous about taking them somewhere. Any suggestions on a good place or person to go to? Thanks!
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 9 years ago
Are you asking for a scanning service? I believe 1st photo does them for $1-$2 per slide/negative.
Noreeyay 9 years ago
Hmm scanning? Not sure now lol. I don't want them digital just prints made from them. They are mounted slides. Maybe I'll just have to take them up there and ask. Thanks.
-Snapshot- 9 years ago
Nora. I have a Nikon coolscan IV that I could let you use [no charge].

This will digitize your slides and save to file, after that you could get your files printed at any photo service.
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Drew C Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Drew C (moderator) 9 years ago
if i remember correctly first photo will print from slide for 79 cents/each... and scan them to a cd for $1each

which begs the question... what if you scan them first then have them printed? saves you 50 cents (normal 4x6's are .19) in the 2 years i worked there that question never came up... hmm...
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Hambone Lewinski 9 years ago
Scanning is hard work. Also, Kodachromes are infamous for not scanning well. You will get dreadful grain aliasing on most scanners (although that Coolscan IV might do OK, I'm not sure).

Scanning also comes with a learning curve, just like doing work in the darkroom. Similar principles apply -- you recording transmitted light onto some sort of media. Ask Kip, who scans most of his film, it takes some time to get good at. Scanning them yourself will also require you touch them up in PS.

Also, be aware that if you have a Kodachrome in one hand and a print made from it in the other, presuming that both are properly cared for the Kodachrome is invariably the more archival of the two. So you're not "rescuing" the Kodachrome by scanning it.

I would spend some time poking around on Photo.net looking for someone who is known to do good work with Kodachromes. You will pay a premium for it, but it will save you a lot of work. People can be pretty serious about this stuff over there.

Jason
Noreeyay 9 years ago
Thanks everyone! I've never worked w/ Kodachrome and it's been quite some time since I've been in the darkroom so I think I better find someone who knows what they're doing instead of me trying to diy it.

Hambone Lewinski Thanks for the advise! I'm not looking to 'rescue' but just to make an album for personal reasons and to share w/ my kids. It's important to me so I'm willing to pay for quality. I think there's over 1000 all together so I'm going to test run with these first few boxes.

Bill, you're the best1 Thanks! I'm going to leave it too a more skilled person, I don't feel confident as I've never done it before. Thanks a ton though!
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