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Re: glass slides

(Sorry for so many emails today--just getting to the email in one fell swoop)

Thanks for all the answers you ALL have given me! I have stored them for when I get back to MT.

Bruce, you are right about the flatbed I am sure. I do have a great used camera store in my town so I will have to check them to see if they have what you say, or check the U for the unit.

I really like the idea of a grant/student to do the job! Can you imagine doing this for 1000 slides? Heck, if Jeremy Moore's department can do it....
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bruce" <steelbar@shaw.ca>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: glass slides

Hi Christina
For many years I used A Bowens Illumitran slide duplicator with a nikon F 3 as the camera. These units are basically useless now but I have considered the possibility of putting a digital camera on one of these units and making digital copies of slides. Once you get into a rhythm you should be able to copy the slides quite quickly, a lot quicker than a scanner. As you work for a university I would not be surprised if your AV department or Library does not have one of these units stuck away in the basement. The Bowens has a built in flash or tungsten light source in the base and once you have the correct exposure you don't have to make any changes. The lens that came with the Bowens are some times not that great so we adapted a enlarger lens that made great duplicates. Similarly I have converted a Leica macro camera set up to nikon digital by having a camera repair shop adapt an extension ring to the Leica macro bellows. I have not had to do 3000 slides at one go yet, therefore this is just a theory but it should work. I am sure that it will be much better quality than using a flatbed scanner and it will be quicker.

Here is a link to Bowens on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ILLUMITRAN-Slide-Copier-Duplicator- Bowens-3S_W0QQitemZ200239935235QQihZ010QQcategoryZ629QQssPageNameZWDVWQQ rdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

On 16-Jul-08, at 6:58 AM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:

Can anyone give me advice on digitizing glass slides that are in thick metal mounts? They do not fit in a slide projector. Is there any service that will batch scan large amounts of slides at good resolution that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Anyone scan glass slides themselves and can give me pointers? I have....probably about 3000 of them so it is hard for me to imagine scanning that many myself and I don't think they'll fit into my CanonScan.