Kodak’s fate was sealed when I got my first digital DSLR Nikon D70. It took a bit but not too long. Film? Slides? Gone. Like VHS tape. Gone. Film and slide scanning has gone through many iterations. There are cheap ways to get the job done. And then there is Nikon scan at 4000dpi. It is good? I guess. It has reached cult status. There are a few mavens who know and repair scanners in need. I was in contact with a couple. Characters? Yes, in the nicest sense there is a community of people out there who scan. I didn’t know how enthusiastic and will probably not know. I’m not on Facebook. I daresay everyone has their own workaround and solution to getting the job done. I have pictured here two scanners and two bulk loaders running day and night to get the task completed. No one in my family will ever care or be able to do this. Fine! Madness! Me. Yeah, I’m nuts.
The doughnut? Entenmann’s chocolate. If you live in NY or thereabouts, this is what you grew up with. My kids loved them. We kept them in the freezer (out of reach). When they could reach, I camouflaged them in a chocolate raspberry box (they hated raspberry). As the father there were ingenious strategies to keep one’s treats. My kids would raid my den for candy when they were desperate. I hid them well too. The doughnut – it happened to be in proximity to the scan photos. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
If you are not interested in fllm/slide scanning… ha ha, I don’t care. This drew a giggle from Colleen. Cheese curls will leave orange stain all over your fingers… and on your slides. So, I used chopsticks to eat them. Simple, the fingers never touch the product and the slides stay pristine. In a completely different thought you see a Nikon bulk slide loader SF 210 and SF 200. Subtly different, the cost of the 210 is hundreds $$ more. Of course, it’s better?? Actually, it’s easier to get a used SF200 from the eBay gods. You know the deal? You bid. It’s an auction that goes for a week. And in the last 30 seconds the real bidding starts and someone swoops in and steals the device from you. Did they need it or was it speculation and trade?? The bastards. I’m not into that cutthroat nonsense. I finally did win one and am/was now scanning with a double setup. That was sweet. Half the time for scanning… and, I’m currently still eating cheese curls with those chopsticks. I have spent a lot of time posting on scanning. It occupied my time for quite a long time this year. Who knew?
I have embarked on insanity. I am scanning my slide collection again. It’s a long story. And there are a lot of slides. A lot! Don’t ask. A lot! I have a “real” scanner. It’s merely a matter of time and timing. Let’s say thousands… it could take months at minimum. It’s scanning all day every day. I have them stored in drawers. I never assembled the cabinet after my last move… another hanging project. This way everything will be on a portable (multiple) hard drive. Meanwhile, I have dedicated a laptop to the task. And, slide by slide, drawer by drawer… it’s good to have an understanding wife who puts up with my obsessions. Yes, I did say – again. Don’t ask. 🙂