If you’re like me, you have taken photographs with film cameras and have tons of negatives cluttering up your photo boxes. Or what happens when you find a box of old slides in your parent’s or grandparent’s attic and you can’t view these photos? I had that happen to me once and the process of going out, finding a service who can scan in slides and negatives is a time-intensive and very expensive process – and you’re at the whim of the people who run the service.
The Hammacher store is selling the VuPoint 35mm Film Scanner. Now you can scan your negative and slides to digital files quickly and easily so you can share them with others on online services (like Flickr) and email or print them on your PC. Old slide scanners used to be very expensive and very slow and the alternative of hiring a service to do it is even more expensive. This Stratford Labs scanner has a 4-element glass lens, a 5.0 megapixel CMOS CCD and can scan and preview an image in just 5 seconds. From the website:
This easy-to-use, compact USB scanner allows you to load a strip of negatives or a color slide, and with the push of a button, transfer it to 5.0 megapixel digital files. Automatic color balance settings help correct negatives that have degraded over time, bringing new life to faded exploration memories. Outputs to JPG or TIF formats.
* Required: USB port and Windows® XP
* 3 1/2”W x 6 1/2”H x 3 1/2”D
I’m a bit bummed that this is a Windows only product, but hopefully there is a similar Mac version out there on the internet. Includes 35mm film strip and slide mount holders and image editing software, all for $99.95. A bargain compared to the alternatives. So go dig out all those old negatives and slides and get them preserved on your computer!
[The Hammacher Store]