Treasure Chest Thursday: Slides

I don’t have a picture of what I’m treasuring today.  I’m too lazy to go take one at this moment in time.  Honestly, it wouldn’t be that interesting anyway.

I am treasuring the plastic bag full of slides I brought home from my mom’s house this past August.  Apparently, they were much cheaper than getting pictures printed out and so for a number of years, when my mom had film developed, she ordered slides instead of prints.

This has resulted in me missing out on huge chunks of childhood pictures, because really – who pulls out a slide projector and watches slide shows on the wall?  Does anyone still own one of these that actually works?  My mom still had all of the slides in carousels, but the projector was toast.

Anyway, my job is to buy a slide scanner and get all of these images digitized so that we can actually enjoy them!!

I am thinking that it might be what I ask Santa for Christmas this year.:)

Have any of you all had success in converting your slides to digital images?  Any suggestions on which scanner to buy – or which one to stay away from?

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  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 4, 2010 - 7:25 am

    Jenn – I’ve got this slide/negative converter (it does both…I imagine most do):

    It was one of the few had when I was looking for one a year ago, but they seem to have bunches now. I would actually suggest looking for one of the others. Mine technically works, but not consistently. It freezes up for no apparent reason and then other times it works for hours without pooping out. Now I had that evil Windows Vista program on my computer, which has been replaced this summer. It was supposed to work with Vista though…haven’t tried it since I chucked Vista. There is also no customer support (tried emailing them twice…no phone number included on the instruction manual…and they never returned my emails). Also the instruction manual is like 2-inches x 2-inches…that’s NOT an exaggeration! Oh, and it’s also 2 pages long. So there really was nothing in there to help you with the product.

    When it works, I’m happy with the outcome. When it misbehaves, I want to chuck it against the wall. Thanks, though…I now have a tech tip to blog for next time! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 4, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Cherie! I had looked at them about a year ago and there didn’t seem to be too many out there, but it definitely looks like there are more available now! :)ReplyCancel

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