Old colour slides

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Tue Oct 20 18:36:23 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 20 Oct 2009 18:16:51 Neil Winchurst wrote:
> I have been having a sort out at home and have come across a stack of
> old family photo slides. When I say old, some of them from more than
> forty years ago.
> I had forgotten about them. Back in those days the common way to take
> family photos was by using slide film.
> So my question, what is the best way to transfer such pictures to my
> computer? I do not have a scanner, but anyway, I do not think that a
> scanner copes very well with slides. Perhaps there are specialised types.
> There are also some colour prints, incidentally, but not many.
> I am running Kubuntu Hardy, if that is relevant.
> Thanks for any suggestions, ideas
> Neil
A normal flatbed scanner can't scan slides because slides need transmitted light, not reflected light. You can buy specialist slide scanners, but the quality is variable and a good one won't come cheap, even if you can find one with Linux support. I think the suggestion to pay someone to scan them for you is probably the best bet.


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