slides - help on how to scan

HELP! I need somebody,

HELP! Not just anybody...


Someone can help me with this? I have a box full of family slides, and I´d like to scan them, but this is the result I got from my first test. Did you ever scan a transparency? How?


Should I shed light over the scanner with its lid open?


Help much appreciated. =)

  • carljohnson 10y

    Yes, the adapter is what you need -- and a scanner that will let you set to "transparency".
  • Fernando 10y

    Que bueno! Yo también tengo un montón de diapositivas que sacaron los viejos. La verdad que yo también intenté escanear negativos con un scanner común y los resultados fueron horribles. Por ahí lo que te conviene es proyectarlas y sacarles la foto digital.
  • John Daniels 10y

    You need a scanner with a backlight feature for scanning negatives and transparencies. I use an Epson 2400, but there are many good ones.
  • Gisela Giardino 10y

    why thank you for all this input. Very useful. I couldn´t retry, but I think the mirror thing will go next in the list of attempts.

    I understand that I should have an slide scanner or the adapter I lack of. So we have to make something... homemade-. ;-)

    My scanner is actually a mutifunction HP 1210. No big deal, but prints and scans pretty nice. =)

    More comeback welcome! THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!!
  • David 10y

    I just tried this a few weeks ago myself! My father has an Epson 4100 with special frames to insert the slides in. The insert comes out of the lid of the scanner and there is a light inside the lid of the scanner that shines down through the slides. I believe there was no light underneath. I was not terribly impressed with the quality actually. I was told that a 'real' slide scanner does a much better job.
  • Henrik Brameus 10y

    A frosted glass on top of the slides and a strong light above with the lid open. That is how most slide adaptors work.

    Alternatively, take it to a professional shop and have them scan them for you.
  • _sarchi 10y

    @automatt ..have you tryed that -
  • Ricardo 10y

    I had a bunch of slides from way back in the early 1960's. I took them to Walgreen's at the one hour photo center and had them make a CD. it worked fine.

  • MaX . 10y

    Mirá esto Gi.

    Yo una vez lo hice con el adaptador triangular ese que habían comprado en mi trabajo. Eso fue antes de 2001 y no se bien cuanto sale o que tan fácil es conseguirlos aca. Y es una tontería eh...Es un triangulito de plástico común con un espejito. No se...funcionó bastante bien la verdad.
  • Gisela Giardino 10y

    Thank you for all this input! Gracias.

    I peeked at that link, and looks cool!!! Gotta read in extension. Graciassssssssssssssss!
  • Max__ 10y

    Gi, si vas a Kinefot te las escanean y si queres te hacen impresiones directamente, no es muy caro y quedan iguales o mejores que fotos de negativo.
  • Dema Siado Mentiroso 10y

    Hola, si no son 20 (veinte) mil, yo te las puedo escanear en mi trabajo, sólo mandá x moto (mi MSN es mi mail)
  • Chris Maytag 10y

    You'll get great results from a photo shop who does scanning professionally - they use good, very expensive scanners that will do better than most home scanners. Also, it's hard with a home scanner to eliminate all dust (at least in my house...).

    These days, if I ever shoot slide film (rare, but sometimes), I have them make digital copies at the same time as the developing & mounting.
  • _sarchi 10y


    G~This clock caught my eye [stopped-just outside shop] when I went to to try professional scans last year but at $7 a shot is quite expensive but you do get a .tiff file and a high res .jpeg and I am still not whole-heartedly satisfied but I think I might have thought of another chance factor..
  • Gisela Giardino 10y

    Thank you for the suggestions so far, specially Mentiroso (te agradezco mucho, no te preocupes, no es tan urgente como para ponerte en una molestia, en serio. Mil gracias!). I will probably make some more dommestic tries (just for fun) and if it doesn´t work I´ll make a selection and have them scanned professionally as you suggest.

  • Dema Siado Mentiroso 10y

    hay hay hay señorita, para corresponderle en el mismo tono, tendría que decirle "faltaba más!"
    Pero todo bien, igual no era molestia porque lo tengo al alcance de la mano (igual me encantan los intentos domésticos)
  • Dave Whelan 10y

    Okay, so we can’t see the family photo, but I quite like this scan anyway. It’s nice to see a bit of the analog past on here every once in a while.

    I still need to acquire a slide scanner to deal with my many years of past sides, some of which I’d really like to get up here on Flickr.
  • mritz_p 7y

    I've used your picture to illustrate an article on my (german) site about film processing. The URL is
    Thanks for using creative commons!
  • Jeff Turner 4y

  • dgfshxdfgh 3y

    Forget flat bad scanners, use a proper slide scanner.
    Read here for much more info.
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