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I was poking around in the garage and found a small box of 24 slides I had taken, maybe around 1990.  They're a mix of my old HO layout and real trains.
Is there any inexpensive way to transfer them to my computer?  I tried using my scanner, but simply putting them on the flatbed is not the way to do it.
Any suggestions?
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There are 'slide' scanners available.

The one I have is the brand name *ion. I got several years ago from a local store.

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  I have an Epson V600, which as well as scanning ''legal size'' (9 1/2 X 14''?) also has an attachment that does a good job scanning slides.

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My Epson (don't have the model number at my office) came with attachments to scan slides (four at a time) as well as color or B/W negative strips. I scan the slides at 2400 dpi which is a little slow but gives very good detail even when you blow the pics up beyond 8 x 10. One of my long-term projects when I finally retire is to go through my slides and scan in the "good" ones so I can reclaim some significant closet space.

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If you have a light box you might try putting that over the slides on the flatbed scanner to get light to pass through, another way is to reshoot them with a digital camera using a light box or an opaque cover over a very bright photo flood type lamp. Also if none of that works most photo labs can scan them professionally for you for a couple of dollars and put the resulting digital files onto a DVD.

You can find many examples on youtube of doing this here is just one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReD_a5BGSes



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With so few to do, the best option might be to let the pros do it, like Chriss said. I have used my scanner, which I bought specifically to do old photos and slides. It was cheap and came with a frame for pics and slides. Does amazing work.
I have also simply projected the image on a screen and photographed that. Better than nothing.



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Thanks folks! I have an Epson Workforce 500 but never thought to see if there's an attachment for it.
Time to look!

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Do you have a DSLR?

There are lots of ideas out there on fabricating a method of digitizing slides (and other types of photo media) using a digital slr camera. You will get much better results than using a scanner.

The ideas range from hacking together some pieces of cardboard to quite elaborate.

I intend to fabricate something elaborate. I have a large collection of slides and negatives (most with a railroad motif) from the 1970's that are just begging to be digitized and made available.

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Don't discount the scanner. They do amazing things, including 'understand' color negatives. I still recommend using the scanner, having used a slide copier for an SLR long ago. The scanner is magic.



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I use an Epson. It is the cheapest they do with the facility to scan transparencys. Software adjusts for positive or negative. It has a carrier for 6 negatives or four slides.

There is a light on the inside of the lid. I have found it works as well as specialist scanners up to around 2400dpi.

I usually use it with Photoshop elements and it scans straight for editing.

With a bit of fiddling I also scan 120 film. These need to be done in two passes and then 'welded' together with the panorama tool in Photoshop Elements, 7 in my case. With a bit of practice works quite well.

I have tried scanning transparency material on a basic scanner with bit of translucent plastic over the film. Surprisingly the light used over this needs to quite bright and even. Results were a bit mixed. Worth a try if you are into experiments.

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