What is your favorite way to get old slides and negatives into digital form?
Wirecutter (now a New York Times property) took down their review of best scanning service providers(!); but I think the winner was one of these two:
Can’t remember which one “won.” Found these via Google and they look familiar. I also wonder if they took down the article because the “winner” wasn’t great anymore…
I’m hesitant to ship out my negatives/slides and wanted to go local…
One local place yesterday gave me both a run-around and sticker shock! Roughly 7X the online service providers’ prices!
I will likely go with a blended approach – Scan at home the things I’m most worried about and send off things that are “minimally or less” important.
A “DIY gadget,” that’s recommended is:
Oddly the MOST recommended is a cheaper version of that model; but I like this one’s potential auto dust/scratch removal (even if it’s not perfect).
I’ve sold off or given away all my devices that could have done this; but they were pretty old. I’m sure “newer tech” is a good idea here.
Nikon used to lead the way in this area and I was surprised to not find them mentioned in online reviews.
Additional thought: Time!!!
I know time is money, etc. My “test project” is about 120 slides. My “big projects” are 400-ish and 600-ish slides and negatives (mostly negatives). I’ve heard moderately high-res scans can take several minutes; so about 25 per hour…
At the local guy’s rates, I calculated that the $500-600 investment would pay for itself in 158 image scans; using an online service changes that to about 1,000 scans! (That’s rough math [except for the 158] for anyone about to pull out their calculator).
What do you all think?
P.S. I looked at the post w/ the SlideSnap (way too much for my needs and I’m at 95% negatives vs. slides).