How do I change a slide to a JPEG. The slides are any where from 30 to 50 years old but in good shape

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Anthony Way

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Google slide scanners and digitizing slides.
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Jack Klaber

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There are 3 ways to transfer slides into digital files (preferably JPGs).
1. Buy a slide scanner ( there are cheap and expensive ones)
2. Buy a professional scanner that has a transparency option. These have a price tag beginning at $700
3. Use a good digital camera with macro option to photograph the slides. For this option you need a slide attachment you can build yourself or buy at photographic equipment suppliers.

For all three option use Google to get an idea what’s involved.
If you have specific questions then let me know.
HTH
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Commercial slide scanning is also an option, but do the arithmetic on whether it is cheaper to buy equipment (e.g. thousands of slides) or pay for scanning (e.g. hundreds of slides; consider www.videoconversionexperts.com). Also, factor in your own time commitment. With slide preparation (ca. 0.25-0.50 min./slide), scanning itself (ca. 1 min./slide for high resolution), and final review and editing (ca. 0.50-0.75 min./slide), your time could be a 1-3 min./slide. Batch scanners are essential for thousands of slides. I had to buy a Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED with an SF-210 batch feeder (ca.$2000 on eBay today) and retire to scan 20,000 slides over 5 years. If you really get into scanning, read "Scanning Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives" by Sascha Steinhoff.