Scanning Old Car Slides

Like Jim Hayes, whose post Preserving Memories at Watkins Glen is worth a read, I have a lot of old slides of cars and motorsports action that were shot on slide film. There are some that I also shot on negative film too and scanning prints isn’t all that hard and most of us have some kind of desktop scanner, even it’s just an all-in-one sitting on a desk.

The problem is that the scanning process, while relatively simple, becomes mind-numbing when you have to scan lots of pictures. And if you have slides it becomes even more painful

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So why not let somebody else do it? “Too expensive,” you say? For the person that shoe boxes full of prints and slides I found the answer: ScanMyPhotos.com’s Prepaid Photo Scanning Box. For $245 they will scan as many slides as you can fit into the box—about 540 is the maximum—into 2000dpi 24-bit JPEG files and put the resulting files on a DVD for viewing or editing on your computer. Need high-res? They will upgrade the scans to 4000 dpi for $345 per box! You can check their website for details and options.

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They have a Prepaid Box for scanning prints and I stuffed a box full of 650 photos (the box will hold up to 1800 prints  depending on size) and has them scanned at 300dpi for $159, A 600dpi scanning option is $247. It took only a week from when I handed over the box at the post office until everything was returned. I was simply amazed by the quality of their print scans but even more so for the slides because many of them were not in very good condition.

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My experience with ScanMyPhotos.com digitizing some of my old—1964 US Grand Prix—slides that were shot on Perutz Color slide film (above) was impressive given the extremely faded and deteriorated condition of the slides. On the other hand some of my Kodak Ektachrome slides produced scans of image that looked like they were made yesterday. ScanMyPhotos offers a wonderfully seamless process for digitizing images that have been dormant for many years and bringing them back to life. If you’ve got some old car slides, it’s time to bring them into the digital age.