Not very well up on this so I hope someone can assist. I have found a box of small plastic slides with family photos in the center from years back. I would like to get them on the computer to send to print. I have tried the light behind paper and photograph setup with not much joy, and don't fancy spending a fortune on equipment. Is there a relatively simple and cost effective way to process the images? They are small plastic white say Kodak on and image is in the middle. Cheers.
I purchased a small (5" x 4")light box from the auction site, and set up my camera on a tripod. Excellent quality results, much better than any scanner I've tried. Quick too once you get going. A friend copied his entire collection of many hundreds of slides in very short order.
Why don't you just send off the slides for printing?
Have you seen how much they charge for that? Kodak Express charge £2.49 just for a single 6x4" print.
If you've got more than ~70 of them it would be cheaper to buy a slide-capable scanner like Epson's V550, albeit you've got the agro of scanning & processing yourself but at least you'll have full control over them (IIRC some places scan at a stupidly low resolution that's only good enough for 6x4" images).
I managed to duplicate slides using my Canon G10. I have a light box which I placed the slide on. I made a cardboard funnel that went over the slide and reduced to a hole just large enough for the lens to fit through. A modified cardboard box would do. The funnel was stiff enough to support the camera.
After that it was easy....used the macro setting and about f3.5 AP and ISO 80 and ACR. The whole thing took about 30 minutes to make and test. It was all a bit of fun basically....I have a V700 and just wanted to compare the quality of my DIY solution to the scanner.
Assuming you have a popular make of camera you can find good old fashioned slide/negative copiers on ebay with adaptors to fit modern digital slr's included. Last time I looked they were around £25 and ensure everything is in focus with the original filling the viewfinder. Keep meaning to get one myself.
There are also cheap dedicated scanners you can buy if you are not after the very best quality. Essentially a compact camera CCD chip and light in a dedicate moulding as far as I can tell.
Thanks people. I will have another good attempt at a light box and camera on tripod and if that fails take a look at a scanner. I wasn't aware if or not you could get prints from slides. There are only about 20 of them total so I guess that would be 40 or 50 quid ish. The scanner therefore might be worth looking at for the future.
If you have only 20 I would have thought someone on here might have offered to do you scans on a proper scanner for a notional fee (or a couple of beers). If you were in London I would have offered, but I think transporting from there to here and back would be troublesome.