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olddigiman
03-24-2008, 06:44 PM
I've decided not to try to scan the 3000 to 4000 slides my dad left when he passed away, life is too short for me to spend it scanning and color correcting! Does anyone have any suggestions for a good and cheap outfit that will scan them. Most are Kodachromes, there are some badly faded Ektachromes in the bunch.

Thanks!

TomServoCA
03-24-2008, 07:07 PM
I did a quick google for locations here in Calgary (not that that would help you in your quest) but more to get a ball park idea of what it would cost you do:

http://www.digitalcalgary.com/Slide_Scanning_Calgary.html

is one place that does it here. Price is dependant on quality (surprise, surprise) and ranges from 75 cents for 1000dpi to 1.25 for 4000dpi and big files. The midrange is .99/slide.

So you're looking at anywhere from $3000 to $5000 to scan 'em all. (all prices in Soviet Canuckistan Pesos). You may want to hi-grade them to get the cost down or negotiate a volume deal.

olddigiman
03-26-2008, 06:29 PM
I found this place for 24 cents per scan, I'm going to send them a box, to check out the quality. I'll report back with results.

http://www.scancafe.com/slidescanning.php?gclid=CLeNq5-ErJICFSAWawodOTVQRA

James Pilcher
03-30-2008, 08:42 AM
I've decided not to try to scan the 3000 to 4000 slides my dad left when he passed away, life is too short for me to spend it scanning and color correcting! Does anyone have any suggestions for a good and cheap outfit that will scan them. Most are Kodachromes, there are some badly faded Ektachromes in the bunch.

Thanks!

I'm considering a scanning service also. This web site is interesting. They go to great lengths to differentiate themselves from ScanCafe. I spent much time digging around in the site. They list several gotchas and hidden costs of ScanCafe. Of course, you should search out other sources that do the same dissection of DigMyPics services, gotchas, and costs.

http://www.digmypics.com/default.asp

No matter what the web sites tell you, my investigations indicate that your final cost can be substantially higher than you initially expect. You cannot merely multiply the advertised per-image cost by the number of images you expect to scan. In one comparison, what I thought would be about a $1000 bill actually calculated to ~$1600 after hidden costs and required "optional" services. I'm not mentioning names here because I have not used the services yet. That would be unfair. Just do your research carefully.

wigpro
03-30-2008, 12:27 PM
I found this place for 24 cents per scan, I'm going to send them a box, to check out the quality. I'll report back with results.

http://www.scancafe.com/slidescanning.php?gclid=CLeNq5-ErJICFSAWawodOTVQRA


I sent these people a few test slides and film negatives and was very pleased with the results. I viewed them online, I am now waiting for the final scans on disk. If they look as good as they did online I have a ton of old negatives which I will be sending them.

http://www.scancafe.com/

Enjoy,

Jim

ditto1958
04-01-2008, 10:46 AM
Pop Photo seems to recommend ScanCafe pretty highly in this article:

http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotographyfeatures/4844/the-24-cent-scan.html

I have not tried it myself, though.

olddigiman
04-02-2008, 04:37 PM
Thanks, Jim, for the heads up on hidden costs.

janwalker47
04-04-2008, 04:46 PM
For what it's worth, a friend of mine who is a Truly Major Techical Figure also suggested that I look into http://www.digmypics.com/. I would take his recommendations on anything on any day of any week.

Cheers-
Jan