January 28, 2005
Dear CNET members!
Each week, I go through hundreds of e-mail messages you've sent me, most of which talk about tech-related troubles. And while I would love to present every question to our members to solve together, I can only choose one topic each week. For those of you desperately seeking advice, don't forget that we have the CNET forums, which is full of helpful members and moderators who are always willing to offer you a helping hand. Now, let's get rolling with Robert's question on digitizing 35mm negatives and slides to his computer.
Well, Robert, as always our members came through with some great suggestions. While there really is no one resolution to your question, I'm hopeful that you and others will find Len's winning answer, as well as all the additional advice provided by our members, a helpful way to get you started. So, Robert, and all who are interested in this topic, join us in the discussion.
Member Question of the WeekI have a question that involves old, 35mm color slides and negatives. What is the best and least-expensive approach to digitizing these and storing them on my computer? Details are appreciated, for I am a complete newcomer to this practice.
Submitted by: Robert K.Robert, You don't mention in your question what equipment you already have, but since you say that you're "a complete newcomer," I will assume you don't have a scanner yet. The cheapest method is probably to use a flat-bed scanner. These are quite cheap these days. You should look for one that includes a device for scanning negatives and 35mm slides (their ads should mention these). The cheapest scanners connect to a PC using USB. (If you have a very old PC, it may not have USB connectors, and you may be forced to hunt out a scanner that connects to a serial port.) These will probably give you ...
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