DIGITAL SCANNING



SLIDES TO DIGITIZING SCANNING

HIGH LEVEL WORK IN HOUSE


NOTE : Finally I Am Retiring This Business And It’s Equipment For Sale

TWO OF THE SCANNERS AVAILABLE


Dear Friends And Followers  My doctors think it is time for me to go fishing, I have a great fishing website right here on the ladder.  All the reasons are on the previous page.

I was privileged to meet and share with people from one of the greatest newspapers in the US,  winner of more Pulitzer prizes for its photography.   It was the St Petersburg Times and like most printed media it is a shadow of its greatness, printing only two days a week and going digital. 


Slides To Digital Conversions - No More Kodak Carousel Projectors  —  Stories From The Cave  —  If we go back to the beginning of story telling mankind, the first writings were preceded by pictures scraped and drawn on cave walls with bone and charcoal.  These were the first storytellers, of the hunt, of the strange beasts, of victories and life.  Some of these drawings were incredibly accurate.  And some I have photographed are hanging on my walls.

We may have evolved a millennium in time but we still have stories to tell and those stories have been portrayed for the past century on walls just like the cavemen did only we used slides, a screen and a Kodak projector.  And in some cases an unwilling audience asking the battle cry of the bored asking...  Are we done yet?

I engineered, designed, modified and built my own scanners something we have been doing for forty years as we were just not satisfied with the units from Nikon and Kodak.   The supply of usable projectors which undergo a 100% rebuild for me have dwindled with age

We know many of these slides are dusty from age, possibly the box they were stored in has deteriorated and location hasn’t helped them.  We bring the images back to life.

We take those slides and convert them to DVD’s, and / or other forms of media like flash USB Devices, portable drives, usable on computers and TV’s,  and cellphones We follow a procedure involving the following 

  • Cleaning:  Each slide is treated with filtered compressed air to remove loose debris.
  • Your slide is corrected to the proper orientation. So they go well in sequence. She cropped if needed.
  • We apply color - exposure correction when possible, we can correct some color imbalances
  • We check each slide individually, either make corrections or advise you of some slides which may be too far gone.  
  • All by hand - All work is done in house, nothing leaves the premises, complete confidentiality.  You might not want your photo on a box of Chinese cornflakes or a Credit Card —  
  • Your slides are slowly fading, degaussing and gathering dust,  just lying in shoe boxes or Kodak Carousel Trays.   Many will not make it when the attics in the Southern areas hit135 degrees.  
  • I have no problem with art pictures, boudoir pictures, pretty girls, newborns, art nudes in good taste, exotic art.  I worked for the  Playboy Club and taught classes, shot wars, crashes, you name it,  but nothing involving children, pedophilia, or even close to anything of that nature…  I am not KODAK who took liberties refusing to do some things, but there is a line between art and porn.
  • KodakLAND, the land in Rochester home to KODAK  has been closed and buried for fourteen years.  No one answers the phones,  not even the ghosts, there are none, no phones, no ghosts.  
  • Kodak sold off its trade name to anyone and everyone willing to pay license fees, mostly Chinese import companies selling all kinds of Chinese export products and the buyer thinking they are buying a US brand just like Chinese Coastal Trade and Cruise ships,  their products in many cases are JUNKS.
  • Our machine turns slides into digitized high impact, high resolution images that can be Sorted, culled and rearranged on most computers.  The individual image may be altered and cropped, color corrected and duplicated with effects in most programs. I do a lot of them.
  • The memories are fading by the day.  I can save a high percentage till they reach a point of no return with little or no image or the color has faded, or a bad slide to begin with. Rarely do we hit some that have been destroyed.

THESE PRINTS 23 x 30 MADE FROM SLIDES TAKEN IN 1957 IN ITALY ON  KODAK K-10 ASA10 SLIDE FILM  (Thats a Queen Size Bed)

You can forget about repairing the one projector you have since there are no parts.  The parts needed for repair are not available anywhere, no company, no warehouse, no repair stations, the technicians are either retired or dead.  

The only parts you might find are salvaged.  Good working projectors are units I convert but are getting rare.   

Kodak made a change in their design at one point and the older machines which is more than 50% of sales ( guessing) models and redesigns are not usable at all.  

That leaves 50% which then is subject to wear and tear, usage and servicing. Good machines are rare and I have two in great shape  for sale. Complete working units. And I have the cameras and lenses in stock.

I have been in the photographic industry most of my life, I had a working knowledge being a lab owner as to what needed.  I was also a Kodachrome fan and had shot thousands of slides on just about every brand imaginable.  A fire one day by a disgruntled wife convinced me that slides were not a good storage solution and storage of all that stuff and difficult to find specific shot... off to the shop.

I had a working prototype in three days, a model with the quality of a machine that could cost double or more from the competition and better resolution and performance than an overpriced, over costed, over bullshitted cost justification commercial model.  

The clarity and definition of these supersize prints, was to demonstrate our building simple in many cases is better if you put into your product quality components. — 

Newer engineering off the shelf components   more modern engineering,  simplify the construction to keep costs down, and combining more modern optical and scientific advances you have a better slide trap.  

SIDEBAR  — 

It is amazing when someone brings in ten carousels and leaves with a thumb drive or a DVD of the images in his pocket.  They are ecstatic,  nine times out of ten I get told to ditch the Carousel trays and their  projector.  

Some parts I save, but if the projector is one of the older ones.   Destination Junkyard.  Only metal salvage and they have to be disassembled completely.  There is little or no aluminum, most is stamped cheap steel not worth the effort.  The average is about five to seven pounds at .30 cents a pound and not worth the gas to get it to the junkyard.  And severe danger from the sharp edges, bad cuts taking it apart which take over an hour  — all for a $1.50.

WARNING — Taking one apart if not knowledgeable or skilled will send you to the ER real quick. This is all sharp unfinished metal this steel punched out tripped with springs… and a 240 capacitor motor this is like taking a bear trap apart.  Just too many things can, and usually will go wrong resulting in loss of currency and possibly severely cut or burnt fingers. 

This is all about liability, I will not for liability reasoning offer any suggestions, clues, or repairs.  We are talking about High voltage, 240 AC, very sharp metal, confusing construction, fifty springs and joints, gauge tools you don’t have and so forth. Not repairable…Please do not make me part of your stupid —  

No, I currently am not buying old machines.  Most lately are gone.  Unusable and it cost more in freight to ship it to me.  Nor do I consider repairing any.  I did convert them, only if a certain model for our use or they go to the junkyard.  The plastic cases go into plastic recycling as do older bad condition trays after dis assembly. 

Retiring and a slow market finding good ones, I carefully cull the ones I get and then rebuild them,  and selling these don’t warrant my time to convert these for sale anymore.  That means little or no competition.  I have two units left and they are for sale.  One his brand new.  I found it still in it’s sealed shipping box.    Never used and I converted it for me.   The next nearest builder,  the only one gets 5000 dollars for his plus a camera kit.  

So you know  —  There were two classes of Carousel,  basically in the middle of their production run from the 60’s the change took place.  The older ones are totally useless and when they stop, trash them.  I am not encouraging anyone to make this a DIY —  Those are plastic parts that have degaussed and literally melted. And you do not have the gauges and measuring tools, nor the expertise, to work on these machines.

These are  extremely complex mechanical, servo-motor driven high voltage combinations in the projector world with  thirty to forty variants with, as we have found, similarities outweighed by changes.  Thus we treated each machine independently, and stabilized it for our project on an individual basis.  We rebuild about 65% of it 

Another problem is it’s all exposed inside and shorts of a high nature do occur and this unit is a capacitor driven 240-V rig.  Never open it with the power on.


THE CAPTURE EQUIPMENT

REAL FACTUAL NUMBERS  — SONY CAMERA  —  60mm SIGMA LENS —  EXTENSION TUBES  —  BASE UNIT  —  MICRO ADJUSTMENT RAILS  —  Pro Workmanship If Correctable —  

Screen Shot 2021-07-28 at 4.22.30 AM
  • At 24mp setting the compressed jpeg is 5.856 KB, opened file is 68.7 MB and image size is 6000 X 4000
  • At 12mp setting the compressed jpeg is 3.552 KB, opened file is 34.4 MB and image size is 4240 X 2832
  • At 6mp setting the compressed jpeg is 2.240 KB, opened file is 17.2 MB and image size is 3008 X 2000
  • With our high resolution professional scans, your images will look great on a TV, monitor, LCD projector and capable of making a quality 11x14 print easily. 
  • Same old expression good slide, good print.  Good slide we can do 20x30’s.  Bad slides some can be improved, not all. Just like the computer business, trash in, trash out.  
  • But we have tools to improve bad in some cases. Actually remarkable at times.
  • We accept slides in carousels or bulk wrapped?  No problem!  Your slides will be kept in the carousels and bulk will be returned to you.
  •   If you want the useless carousels, the postage gets expensive.  Generally older Carousels, rust, old plastic, and lock up, after all some are 50 years old easily.  
  • They do go bad, many do not want them back if their carousel is not functioning. In forty year we have not been able to find a use for used carousels.  I am open for suggestion.
  • If you do not wish the carousels back, we’ll wrap the slides in airtight configuration to stop further bleeding and ship back to you which is also ridiculous because you can download your images after scanning from the thumb drives  or DVD’s  and make all the copies you wish.  People are funny...


Special Format Slides  — 55¢ -75¢- 95¢ A Slide —  (Volume Discounts)

These are slides that may have come from Europe or elsewhere  with oversized locked plastic cases. They have to be done manually as taking them apart could injure the slide itself.  They were made by GEPE and used in some locations with anti-Newton Ring coverings. 

They are grey and white, some with glass in a thick plastic.  t Fortunately since I invest time and energy in developing these state of the art digitizers, we added the new manual  “PHOENIX” model to our four conventional machines to handle particularly tough digitals like these.  

Without taking your slides apart. No harm will come to your slides.

Currently we are doing 1000 of them and the Phoenix has risen from the ashes.  Slow and steady, these Euro slides are something else, extreme heavy duty and the film plane has to be perfect for reproduction.  


Slide Errata —  Rules Of The Road

  • As long as the slide is 2 x 2 inches cardboard or plastic, these rates apply.  
  • 35 mm  film in 2 x 2 inch  cardboard or plastic mounts
  • 35 mm slides in Glass mounts .  Most common sizes set in glass work,  some other sizes are not. They must be removed from the glass, re-mounted in cardboard or done on the manual Phoenix machine.
  • 35 mm Half Frame  in 2 x 2 inch mounts.  The image is half the size of 35 mm.  And we use a high resolution to overcome the small format
  • 110  slide in 2 x 2 mounts.  110 slides in 2 x 2” mounts are the same price as the 35 mm and treated as half frame.
  • 126  mounted in a 2 x 2mounts.  The film size is square, not rectangular like 35 mm.
  • 127 SuperSlides in  2 x 2”  mounts.  127 mm slides were called SuperSlides
  • 110 Pocket Slides in 1x1 mounts)  VERY RARE - 110 slides in 1x1” mounts, were also known as “ Pocket Slides” and require special handling, using the Phoenix manual machine, and keeping prints if desired to small sizes.



06/04/2021   aljacobsladder.com