User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:4 slides at once- good time saver for non-pro use
Fantastic value for cost.
The Bottom Line: Don't bother with an expensive slide scanner unless you work for a museum. For home use, this thing is perfect.
I have read many reviews on the high priced, function specific scanners for 35mm slides. A common issue is that it would take months to scan in a large collection. This inexpensive bit of 'perfection' scans 4 slides at a time. This cuts your time at a computer significantly. I for one am thankful!
Recommend this product?
I have been using it for 4 days now, so I can't comment on its longevity, but I can rave about its quality. It will scan your slides (or negatives, or photos) at up to 1200 dpi. However, at 300dpi I had an image large enough to fill my 18" computer screen with no noticeable pixels. For my purposes, this is more than adequate. I will be archiving the slides and if I ever need to print one out to the size of a house, I will just re-scan it at a higher setting.
My scanning routine:
1) Gently & quickly buff both surfaces of slide with microfiber/camera lens cloth.
2) Dust each surface with 1-2 puffs of compressed gas duster.
3) Scan at 400dpi with dust remover on.
It may seem like extra/excessive work, but I run through the first 2 steps on a whole box of slides in the time it takes to scan the first 4. The digital dust remover is fantastic, but the slides I'm working with were not stored properly, and its nice to get the larger bits of dust/hair off before sending them through the scanner and tucking them away for long term storage.
Each scan takes about 4-6 minutes for 4 slides, which compared to the reviews for the single function scanners, is practically lightening speed (plus you dont need to stick around to put every slide in).
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Amount Paid (US$): 215