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TonyTib
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Re: The funny thing about tools...- auto feed slide scanner
TonyTib   9/11/2014 2:19:57 PM
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I'd recommend getting a good brand (e.g. Nikon Coolscan) film scanner with auto slide feeder used; I'd guess that the older models are pretty cheap on eBay, and are almost as good as the new ones (just remember, the really old ones have SCSI interfaces, and also the software might not work under Windows 7/8, although it's likely they'll work under VueScan, which is also available for Mac OS X and Linux).


Then you can pop a bunch of slides in, put the software to work, and go do something else - and when you're done, you can torture your younger relatives with computerized slide shows!

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Re: The funny thing about tools...
antedeluvian   9/11/2014 2:13:26 PM
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Mark

 I've thoughte about using my DSLR to take pictures of the slides as projected onto the screen, but that is not the "optimum" way to preserve the quality to say the least!  Anyone know a service that can do this at a reasonable price?

as far as a service is concerned- I don't know. I know there are scanners that will do slides and negatives, but the ones that I have seen (and I think the one that I used for the data books) have to be fed in manually even though there is a fitting for it. I will check at home if I remember. Maybe this is a labour of love, or you should employ an intern to do it.


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Re: The funny thing about tools...
mhrackin   9/11/2014 2:00:06 PM
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Re look at them?  No, I've seen them all MANY times.  Thought of digitizing?  Yes, IF I can figure out a way to do it IN the Carousels, or find someone to do that without charging a zillion bucks! See, these are arranged in shows.  Among other things my dad was an artist in several areas (painting, scultpure, photography, music, etc. ) and also a student of all these fields.  He used to lecture on various topics in those areas, and the slide shows were part of that. I also have his lecture notes...  so I need to preserve the shows to match.  I've thoughte about using my DSLR to take pictures of the slides as projected onto the screen, but that is not the "optimum" way to preserve the quality to say the least!  Anyone know a service that can do this at a reasonable price?

Max The Magnificent
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Re: The funny thing about tools...
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 12:49:56 PM
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@mhrackin: ...left me among other things his 35mm slide collection... about 60,000 of them from all over the world...

Do you ever look at them? Have you thought of digitizing them?

mhrackin
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Re: The funny thing about tools...
mhrackin   9/11/2014 12:46:05 PM
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It's possible they might have been sources for a better "antiquing" substance for brass, though....  several of his machines were about the same size as those beasts.  He was an ME and specialized in rigging.  He used to buy these as scrap and use pieces of them to build specialized ones for his rigging business.  MY father (died in 1988) left me among other things his 35mm slide collection... about 60,000 of them from all over the world, mostly arranged in Kodak Carousel 140-slide trays in themed shows.  They mostly fill a walk-in closet (along with the projector, projector table, screen, etc.).

Max The Magnificent
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Re: The funny thing about tools...
Max The Magnificent   9/10/2014 3:47:04 PM
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@mhrackin: My late father-in-law was a tool collector, but HIS were cranes, bulldozers, etc! He had 4 acres of them when he died.

Good grief -- we (my mother, brother, and I) thought it was bad enough sorting out my dad's videos of black-and-white silent films when he passed -- thank goodness he didn't collect bulldozers.

On the other hand, you are lucky your father-in-law didn't collect hippopotamuses and/or rhinoceroses LOL

mhrackin
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Re: The funny thing about tools...
mhrackin   9/10/2014 3:42:10 PM
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@max:  "Will this ever end?"  Only when EVERYTHING does.....  Tools break, wear out, or somebody makes a much better one or invents one that fills a need you didn't even know you had.  There's ALWAYS a reason for more.  It could be worse: my late father-in-law was a tool collector, but HIS were cranes, bulldozers, etc!  He had 4 acres of them when he died.

Max The Magnificent
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The funny thing about tools...
Max The Magnificent   9/10/2014 3:04:25 PM
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The funny thing about tools is that you never seem to have enough of them.

I've certainly got enough that I can "make do" -- but it seems like every job I tackle I think "I could really use a ...."

Will this ever end?

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Duratool tool kits
Max The Magnificent   9/10/2014 3:02:52 PM
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@mhrackin: For the stateside folks: if you have reasonable access to a Harbor Freight store...

I only just discovered that there's one in Huntsville -- I'll have to take a stroll down there one weekend...

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Re: Harbor Freight
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 1:05:42 PM
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@TonyTib: I think you haven't been keeping up with the times [...] you're in Huntsville, which has a HF

I'm like the professor in Independance Day ... they don't let me out very often LOL

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