Coverting Old Kodachrome slides to digital
by penguinfrost - 1/9/05 5:05 PM
I have several hundred old Kodachrome slides I wish to convert to digital files for both current use and handing down memories to the next generation. After talking to many people and searching the net I am totally confused as to the best option.
It appears the options are:
Use a commercial slide service with a high cost per slide and a risk of them losing irreplaceable slides.
2) Buy a film scanner which is costly and will have little use for me after the slides are converted. Further confusing the picture, the slide are old Kodachrome and apparently the IL3 systems used on most new film scanners do not work well with Kodachrome slides, negating some of the film scanner advantages.
3) Use a typical flatbed scanner with a slide attachment. This appeals to me; however, many people say the quality is poor, even on the higher end scanners.
4) Buy a good 4-5 mega pixel camera, like a Nikon Coolpix, and use the Nikon slide adaptor to make copies of the slides with the camera. This is appealing as the camera would be useful once the slides are converted and the slide copying attachment is less than $100. But it is not clear to me how this quality would compare to the other options.
Can anyone with experience in this area help me with the confusing choices? I am sure many others are in the same boat, yet I can find no clear advice regarding the above alternatives.