35mm slide scanners make it possible to convert boxes of slides to digital images. They can then be saved to a memory card and backed up on a CD on a personal computer. They are very convenient because slides can be preserved in a safe manner without requiring much space, and they will not deteriorate or fade as digital photos. Many slide scanners are very economical, and they produce very good results. There are also more expensive models available. Most have multiple functions, such as not only scanning 35mm slides, but also negatives and pictures.
A popular scanner is the ION PICS 2 PC Desktop Multi0Format Image Scanner. It is low in price, yet it has high ratings from those who have purchased and used it. It works very quickly to preserve slides. Software is included with the scanner that simply needs to be connected to a PC with a USB cable. This model is especially good at producing accurate color and perfect imaging, and it is sold with editing software and easy image transfer. Besides converting slides, this scanner can be used for photos as large as 5 inches by 7 inches.
Customers searching for a 35mm scanner that does not require a PC will want to look at the Wolverine F2D200 35mm Film Scanner. It can be used to convert both35mm slides and film into 5 mega pixel JPEG digital images by only pushing a button. It has a large 25MB internal memory that can store thousands of photos, or they can be stored on an external memory card. The photos can then be displayed on the color screen, on a TV, or they can be uploaded to a PC.
The Veho VF S0008 Film and Negative Scanner is another popular model that converts both slides and film into digital images and saves them on a SD card. Although it is compatible with a PC, a computer is not required for the scanner. This scanner includes a slide tray and two negative trays. It is high speed and easy to use.
A more expensive model that sells for over $500 is the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Al Film Scanner. This scanner produces high-end imaging, so it is ideal for professional photographers. It has a color CCD image sensor and 7200 x 7200 dpi, and it is energy saving. It also has a light that produces images that are more clear and dimensional. In addition, the built-in multi-sampling function helps produce quality images. This model works up to four times faster than other models. This model has been awarded the 2008 European Digital Press Association award for Best Color Management Software. Its software has Multi-Exposure, which is an automatic Infrared Smart Removal of Defects, NegaFix, Selective Color Correction, Auto Adjust, USM, and more features. Because it produces such clear and vivid photos, this scanner is often used to produce images for magazines, brochures, web pages, and other uses that require quality images.
Extremely low prices on many 35mm scanners makes it possible to buy a scanner for around $50 or $60 that produces very good digital images. It would not be practical to rent one of these scanners when the rental price could exceed the value of the device. If someone wanted to rent a more expensive scanner, such as the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Al Film Scanner, it may be possible to do, but it is often not worth the money to rent. A highly rated Nikon Coolscan 9000 rents at over $300 per week, so it is not very practical to rent if the photographer has multiple slides that will take months to scan. There are two solutions to this problem. One solution is to buy a cheaper model, such as the Nikon Coolscan 5000 that produces similar results. The other way to solve this problem is to buy the higher priced model to use, and then sell it on eBay or another website when you are finished.