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What makes our slide transfers exceptional

We don't simply scan your slides, we professionally digitize them!

It starts with our special equipment and ends with tender care.

Please have a look at the equipment and tools we use. And, know that each and every slide is handled with a great deal of care -- nothing we do is automated. We take no shortcuts and that becomes obvious with the results we achieve! To view our slide samples, click here (- coming soon.)

Tip: Read the last paragraph ... if you read nothing else!

 

Our Camera

Sony α7R IV, 61.0 megapixels - 14bit RAW - with Dynamic Range Optimizer

This Sony α7R IV 35mm full-frame camera, with 61.0 MP, outperforms what 35 mm film can even hold in its resolution -- by 170%. Thus, it creates highly-detailed images.

We get a true 1:1 capture offering superior dynamic range of nearly 15 stops.

We manually set the exposure setting on each slide!

For each image, expect approximate file size to be:

JPEG file - 1.5 to 10.1 MB - we'll provide
TIFF file - 125 to 263 MB - optional (see check-box on online order form)

RAW file (ARW) -  36.5 to 37.1 MB - provided upon request

 

Our Lens

The best "German" lens designed for true 1:1 macro work

The Voigtländer Macro APO-LANTHAR 110mm F1:2.5

The "APO" (the apochromat) aspect of the lens is important and will produce incredible details whereby no post-production chromatic aberration correction is necessary. However, if a customer's lens had chromatic aberration issues, we now have this exceptional capture at our disposal and can do further "post-capture" work.

This lens is incredible, even though it is a manual focus lens!

 

Our Light Source

A very reliable strobe light is a key component

The strobe light is a Canon Speedlite 430EX - set to 1/8 of its full power capability and that makes for perfect light source.

 

Our Slide-Holder

This is started with. What we ended with is a trade secret.

Our projector just "holds" the slide for us. It helps us get the 35mm slide lined up with the camera, just-so.

It took a little modification, like cutting a sizable portion off the front section and removing the lens. We also had to add that strobe light and a diffusing "milk" glass and Voila! We have our ingenious slide holder.

 

 

Our Focus Adjustment

Micrometer focal finder

We use this to manually find the focal sweet spot.

It adjusts in micrometers so works even better than the camera's original focal ring.

 

Our Software

Capture One

As Capture One states: "Start your editing with the sharpest possible details and most natural colors."

It handles our very large, RAW files well and is an essential part of the process.

With this professional software, fine-tune your slide digitization for optimal results all the way through to the very end.

Learn more

 

Last but surely not least!

One of the most important aspects of the entire process - a good dusting

We start the whole process by hand cleaning each and every slide -- both sides -- one at a time. This takes time.

We use a couple of different fine art brushes to gently wipe clean dust and debris that is lightly stuck to the emulsion. Each slide receives the great care it deserves and this results in a far cleaner slide than the one we were sent.

It's a labor of love, but we relish feeling proud of our work, so it's well worth it!

You get all of the above for just 65 cents per slide! We like to say ... "Do it once and do it right."

Author: Nathaniel Courtens
Thursday, April 2, 2020

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