Old projector/negatives/pics

My decease Dad had boxes of photos on "slide in/projector, negatives, but there is now no projector. Is there any way to get these onto disk, or ??????  Mum nd Dads early life 40s/50s/60s. TIA

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  • Browntoa
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    There are usb scanners you can buy , not great but depends on the quality of pictures you want .

    There are also purpose designed flatbed scanners that come with adapters to hold them , these will give a decent high quality scan.

    Last option , pay a specialist to do it , I have a few companies offering the service near me 
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  • castle96
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    Companies? who/cost ?Probably200 slides


  • Two companies that popped up in a search engine - there are others



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  • A fortnight ago, we emptied our house and found boxes of slides plus my old projector. We've taken them to our retirement flat and aim to see if it's in working order, but we're currently away. Either way it will not be my intention of keeping the projector. 
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    Let me know please
  • pramsay13
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    There are usually people nearby that will do this for a small fee / possibly even free.
    Maybe check if there is a heritage society near you. 
  • twopenny
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    You can hire a scanner from independent photography shops and convert the pictures to jpegs (or other format) which is the cheapest way to do it. Save to a usb stick is better and remember to label it.
    It's hard going but allot a period and heads down and keep at it.
    They will do it for you for a price. It does cost but not wildly expensive, depends on quantity.

    Ditto for negatives.

    Individual slide viewers are available online to purchase.

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  • droopsnoot
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    I've got a Maplin slide scanner, it was about £30 if I recall correctly. It's OK for snapshots, but the quality isn't incredible. Another option is to get a decent slide scanner used from somewhere like eBay, scan the slides, then put it back on eBay. If you pick something like a Nikon scanner, it'll hold the value. 
  • victor2
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    I have a relatively inexpensive Epson flatbed scanner with a negative/slide scanning adapter
    It only takes 35mm negatives, so check what size yours are before considering that option, but it will scan a strip of 4 negatives in one go (into 4 images), which saves a lot of time. Quality is great too - far superior to any prints from the negatives you may still have lying around.
    Once converted though, do not just save them on something like a USB stick, which will in time fail. Have at least one backup copy elsewhere, cheap/free cloud storage is readily available with the likes of Google.

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  • A flatbed scanner that has an adapter is a much better option than the £30-50 "scanners" sold online or in Aldi/Lidl etc.  Those are generally just cheap digital cameras with less than brilliant quality optics and software.  The results will look OK on a phone or 6x4 inch prints but not much more.

    An alternative, if you already have a DSLR camera, is to find a secondhand "slide duplicator" and use that.  Some come with lenses, but these were designed for "full-frame" cameras so unless your DSLR is also full-frame they will crop the image. The rarer ones without lenses will need a macro lens or extension tubes (which convert a regular lens into a macro one). An off-camera flash is helpful but not essential (a self-timer and long exposure should work as well).

    A long time ago I blogged about the setup I used (and still do) here. With this method I rescued my father-in-law's slides and got images that looked great on a 40 inch TV.

    The main advantage of the DSLR set-up is speed. Decent flatbed scanning will probably take at least a minute per negative / slide, possibly more - if you have a lot of material this will quickly add up.  With a bit of practice I was rephotographing mine at a rate of one every 5-10 seconds.

    The pixl-latr is a decent, if slower, alternative if you can't get hold of a slide duplicator easily, and it can cope with other sizes of film besides 35mm.  I bought one when I was given some 120 format negatives to digitise and I can confirm it works very well.

    Digitally converting a colour negative to a positive image isn't straightforward (black and white is), although again it gets easier with practice.  I use Darktable which is free software and comes with a reasonable built-in converter and enough knobs to fine-tune the image to your heart's content.  Darktable has changed a lot since I posted about the conversion so please don't trust what I wrote about it back in 2014.  The pixl-latr link above also has links to articles about alternative free and not-free software you can use.

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