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Started by DonkeyOT on Aug 19, 2021 5:41:58 PM
Trying to use an old gadget for converting 35mm transparencies to digital.

I found five loaded 35mm colour slide drums in my basement with a conversion gadget for digitising them but the driver CD is for Windows 2000 and Vista and won't upload. There's lots of memorable images there that I'd like to make available on digital so can some kind soul advise me how to link the converter to my computer please?

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TheExcession - 19 Aug 2021 17:58:19 (#1 of 26)

You could try googling the make and model of the gadget and the operating system you're using followed by the word 'driver' and see if it produces any results. Otherwise: no.

DonkeyOT - 19 Aug 2021 17:03:00 (#2 of 26)

Worth a try I suppose, I did a few dozen twelve years or so ago but it was very long-winded. The results were ok though as they should be as it was fifty-eight quid, pity to waste it!

carterbrandon - 19 Aug 2021 22:35:38 (#3 of 26)

Also, you can tell Windows to run exe files in older-version compatibility modes.

https://www.laptopmag.com/uk/articles/set-compatibility-mode-windows-10

Policywatcher - 20 Aug 2021 17:32:31 (#4 of 26)

For around £50, you can get a device with its own screen, that scans 35mm at 5 MexaPixel resolution, and saves the results to SD/MMC without needing any driver software or PC OS dependencies.

Moderately tempted.

DonkeyOT - 20 Aug 2021 16:38:47 (#5 of 26)

Sounds v. interesting, P/w - but is it for prints or transparencies? And any details re the supplier? On the face of it, it seems to be just what the doctor ordered!

Policywatcher - 20 Aug 2021 20:39:54 (#6 of 26)

That was for 35mm slides, though I think some of them could also do 16mm and 8mm.

I've not tried any but a google search:

35mm slide scanner



then switch the selection to "shopping" does the trick nicely.

If you don't do the switch to shopping you only see a bunch of what seem to be high-end pro ones in the hundreds of pounds range.

Let's see if this works:

https://www.google.com/search?q=35mm+slide+scanner
&newwindow=1&source=lnms&tbm=shop

Policywatcher - 20 Aug 2021 20:41:20 (#7 of 26)

Yep. Straight to the interesting bits - but again scroll past some of the expensive ones.

carterbrandon - 20 Aug 2021 22:20:10 (#8 of 26)

I've just done a whole load of scanning of photos my FiL had. Some proper ancient prints, early 20thC and slides, but I'm defeated by some enormous transparencies - by the looks of them pre-1925.

DonkeyOT - 21 Aug 2021 10:11:54 (#9 of 26)

Max Spielman might help with that - won't be cheap though.

DonkeyOT - 21 Aug 2021 10:23:14 (#10 of 26)

In the basement there's also a functioning slide projector and screen - lovely to see the old pics on a huge screen but what a pain in the arse setting it all up though.

Mind you if this present minor Covid business continues and the tele output doesn't improve I can envisage the projector and screen being lugged upstairs with the onset of winter! God forbid!

Sabacious - 21 Aug 2021 11:50:47 (#11 of 26)

I discovered a stash of long lost cine film from the late 60s and early 70s recently. Both standard and super 8. Remarkably the old Eumig projector was still there all boxed up. A new bulb and a replacement take-off reel and it works perfectly. Now to do something with it all. It was thought lost as in the mid 90s it was all put on VHS for ‘safe-keeping’ and it was thought the originals had been discarded. Of course the VHS tape has long since disappeared/been taped over. So now to try again. Presumably tgey’re straightforward to digitise.

carterbrandon - 21 Aug 2021 12:37:40 (#12 of 26)

All us kids will always be furious with our dad for throwing out, without asking, the reel-to-reel tapes we used to play recording ourselves with. The miserable soulless old get.

DonkeyOT - 22 Aug 2021 09:52:00 (#13 of 26)

The tapes would probably have become all stuck together on the spools and wouldn't have turned.

DonkeyOT - 23 Aug 2021 15:34:39 (#14 of 26)

I got a new one from Amazon, it doesn't need a driver so no problem there. Still takes a month of Sundays though!

Spontu - 06 Oct 2021 21:22:40 (#15 of 26)

In the old days of my misspent youth there were slide copiers, a slide holder that screwed into the filter thread on a SLR camera lens. With extension tubes fitted between lens and body to shorten the focus to macro you just photographed the presented slide against a suitably diffuse light source.

Is there nothing similar today to copy slides and negatives onto a digital camera?

Spontu - 06 Oct 2021 21:34:20 (#16 of 26)

In the old days of my misspent youth there were slide copiers, a slide holder that screwed into the filter thread on a SLR camera lens. With extension tubes fitted between lens and body to shorten the focus to macro you just photographed the presented slide against a suitably diffuse light source.

Is there nothing similar today to copy slides and negatives onto a digital camera?

Anchorman - 06 Oct 2021 21:41:24 (#17 of 26)

A mate of mine set up a slide projector . Then set up his digital SLR camera on a tripod and photographed the projected images.

Once set up he said it was very fast eg click next slide,take photo,click next slide.

He says the images were remarkably good

widenation - 06 Oct 2021 21:56:07 (#18 of 26)

Yeah I was going to suggest just that if you can't get gadget to work. Don't bother with youtube videos claiming good results using phones etc. You'll need a pretty dark room.

Possibly get a large piece of white foamboard for a few quid - I'm sure you'll find a use for it afterwards.

carterbrandon - 06 Oct 2021 22:10:33 (#19 of 26)

I just used the 35mm slide adapter that came with my Canon flatbed scanner. Four slides at a time.

DonkeyOT - 06 Oct 2021 22:41:56 (#20 of 26)

I did have one those referred to in #16 but couldn't illuminate the image enough to record it - think I chucked it out in the end. It was more for converting transparencies to print film though, as I recall.

The one I got from Amazon does work - it's just such a long winded faff though, plus having to scrutinise the best part of 500 slides to ascertain which are worth saving or not. I got a bit pissed off in the end!

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