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562 of 568 people found the following review helpful.
You get what you pay for . . .
By Don L
Recently ended up with several thousand family 35 mm slides and promised my brothers I would scan the slides and create a digital collection for each one of them. Received the scanner and after a bit of reading, had the slide scanner up and working relatively quickly. Previously I scanned on an HP Scanjet 5470 and the process was slow and not the best copy quality. I am finding that of the slides I have scanned so far with the Wolverine scanner, they are all coming out on the dark side and require work to optimize contrast, etc. Many of the slides that are winter shots are washing out as if the light source in the scanner is not consistent across the surface. No amount of processing with software has, so far, taken the scanned images to an acceptable image. If I had to do it over, I would invest in a better scanner.
166 of 169 people found the following review helpful.
Good for the money
Received this today and within 20 min. was scanning slides. After scanning to SD card 10 slides, took card to printer. The prints were quite good. Since I have 2000+ slides to scan did not want to use the Epson flat scanner to do this--takes way too long to scan slides. Some slides date back to my Grandma taking pictures in 1948. If the slide is on the dark side it will come out a little darker than origional but is still okay.
Highly recommend this for the amature person who is not looking for perfection. I am happy with the results. At least you can now send digitized photos from the long past to your friends and relatives by e mail.
58 of 58 people found the following review helpful. See all 324 customer reviews...
Good 80% solution
By Amazon Customer
I bought this to convert my approximately 5000 35mm photos and slides to digital, and while I was perfectly willing to spend considerably more I'm happy that I didn't. The reason is that every higher-quality film scanner I found is much, much slower--there's no way I'd ever get 5000 frames scanned at over a minute each. I'll be paying to have a few dozen of my pictures digitized at the quality this unit can't provide, but that's only for the most excellent of all my photos.
This thing is small, simple and quick. The slowest part of the entire process is getting my negatives out of their storage sleeves to scan, and putting them back afterward. It's basically a 5MP digital camera with a macro lens and a miniature light table. So the best you can hope for is 5MP image quality--plenty good for most snapshots, but not good enough for your very best "I've got to frame this one" photos. But honestly, only a very small fraction of anybody's photo collection is good enough for that to matter, making it cost-effective to pay someone else to do those few special shots.
One thing the instructions don't make clear is that you need to wait a few seconds after sliding each film frame or slide into position--the auto-exposure setting takes several seconds if the new frame is very different from the one scanned immediately prior. You can watch this happen on the LCD screen, so when the image stops changing it's time to press the button.
Be sure to carefully clean your negatives before you scan them, or you'll get nice, crisp images of your dust and fingerprints!
Finally, and probably most importantly, if you aren't prepared to do some basic image correction on your images, you're probably not going to be happy with your results. All my color scans came out with a definite blue cast--easily corrected if you have the tool and the patience. After some experimentation I found a single set of corrections that makes all my scans look good. This is only required for the color images; black and white comes out, well, black and white (and gray). I use GIMP, which is free, but there are plenty of other applications that will do what's required.
Overall, an easy to use product that does mostly what it says, except for the color correction being a bit off. I'm glad I bought it, but if I weren't prepared to do a little color touch-up, I'd be significantly less happy.