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Scanning GLASS SLIDES (photo) from 1930's

By sanhan ·
I have a legacy from my grandfather, beautiful photos of Hawaii & the Pacific during the 1930's and 1940's. They are the huge 3.5" x 3.5" (approx) metal slide frames and the transparency is GLASS. I believe I can scan them (?) Has anyone done this and do you ahve any advice Thanks

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by TheChas In reply to Scanning GLASS SLIDES (p ...

Well, what I believe you have is "medium format" slides / transparencies.
Medium format is now used mainly by professional photographers the image area is 60mm * 60mm.
(2.25" * 2.25")
If the actual image area is larger than 2.25", you have a larger format than medium.

Up until the 60's, most slides were mounted between 2 pieces of glass in a metal frame.

Equipment wise, you have 2 choices:

1. A scanner with a transparency adapter.
The transparency adapter turns off the lamp inside the scanner and uses a lamp that you place over the slide to shine light through the transparency.

2. A professional film scanner.
A professional film scanner will be easier to use, as it is designed to align the slide properly and scan just the image area.
If you have a lot of slides, or want the better quality and resolution of a film scanner, it could be worth the extra cost.

Either way, make sure the equipment supports "medium format"!

Scanning tips:

Clean both sides of the glass.
Use a camera lens cleaning cloth moistened LIGHTLY with a quality lens cleaner.

Wear linen "lint-free" gloves when handling the slides.

If the transparency is not adhered to the glass, you will get better results if you take the slide holder apart and place the transparency directly on the scanner.

Scan at the highest "optical" resolution of the scanner.

For long term storage, you want to use the best grade of blank CDs that you can find.
Check with the CD blank manufacture, and see which of their products they recommend for "archival" use.

Even then, make at least 3 copies of each CD.
1 to use.
2nd for backup, to create new CDs when the use copy is damaged.
3rd for emergency backup should their be a problem with the backup copy.



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Scanner with transparency adapter:
Epson, HP, U-Max, Micro-Tech

Film scanner:
Minolta, Nikon

For used and refurbished film scanners:

For archival and cleaning supplies:
Light Impressions

Remove any spaces from the pasted links.


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by sanhan In reply to

Thanks so MUCh I could not ask for a better answer. Give that man 1000 points!!!

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