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An scanned slide from a Imagelab FS5C05 35mm slide scanner.

An scanned slide from a Imagelab FS5C05 35mm slide scanner.

I received an Imagelab FS5C05 slide scanner in the mail earlier this week. Finally a chance to scan some of my family slides but first I should test it out before getting excited.

I opened it up carefully, plugged it in and got out one of the slide trays. Easy enough. I put a slide (that I have imaged before) into the machine, centered it and clicked the scan button. Fast, easy and not at all complicated. I took out the SD card (not provided) and put it in my laptop to take a look at the quality.

Well it is not so great. In fact it is just bad. Over saturated, noisy yet blurry, muddled and not even the full 35mm frame. While the slide fits into the scanning tray the device itself does not image the entire slide, rather just the center part (unless moved) and crops off the edges. It took a 3:2 image and reduced it to 4:3 image.

I returned it today and hope that the next one I try will work better and give better results.

Now I will admit there is a chance that this was a defective scanner, however I am not willing to try for another one. Especially since I would not be able to scan the full frame anyway.

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An old book, I think it was from the sixties.

An old book, I think it was from the sixties.

At a family reunion this weekend I took on the task of preserving some old media.

My grandmother has a box of 35mm slides taken from the late fifties to the eighties that I want to convert to a better preserved format. Initially I thought I would be tackling just the slides, but along with the slides came another bit of media.

Two thousand feet of 8mm film. The oldest reel is from the 1939 World’s Fair. Luckily all the film is still in the original Kodachrome boxes so I know the date of development, the content of the film and the type of film used.

So over the next few weeks I will be exploring the possibilities of converting to a high quality digital format for preservation and sharing. I hope to find a local (Sonoma country) camera or video shop that can do the conversion and possibly cleaning/restoration for us for a reasonable price. This is one instance where I would be more then willing to pay a bit more for either better quality conversion or a professional who will not break the brittle film.

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