Scanning 35mm slides to Photos

(dtenerow) #1

Editing the accumulation of 35mm slides and want to add the image to Photos library. The transfer would be ongoing during the editing process rather than waiting for the task to be completed. For the first 50 having COSTCO to transfer to a DVD, hoping then to transfer to Photo library.

Have looked at the Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner. But not sure if these images could be added to Photos. Any other alternatives in the less than $250 range ? OK on having to manually feed each slide.

Any other scanning and transfer process recommendations w/o using a commercial service?



(Seth Anderson) #2

I haven’t decided whether or not to pick up one, so I have no personal experience, but this device sounded interesting to me:

Also, any JPG or TIFF (or single layer Photoshop file) can be imported to Photos as simply as dragging a folder of images to an Album in Photos.



Before you make any decisions, whether buying a scanner or using a service, decide on how high a resolution you want the scans to be. Keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the better the images.

I’ve never used a service, but I’ve been happy with scans I did myself on high res printers. This was about 15-20 or so years ago, so I can’t make any recommendations relevant today. But if you do decide to roll your own, multi slide holders will make the process much less tedious, time consuming and aggravating. Some examples are here:


(Ryoichi Morita) #4

I purchased Kodak’s Digital Film Scanner from Amazon last year to scan my negatives and slides.

I’ve been pretty happy with the unit. I’ve never been pleased with the Costco’s service. I had them transfer some 8mm films to a DVD a couple years ago. Although they did not do the work themselves and sent it out to another lab, the resulting video was very poor quality. I was not impressed.



I recommend TIFF or Photoshop, as JPG is lossy. Scan the files at the highest possible dpi; you can always reduce copies of selected photos, or make a copy and save as JPG . But once the opportunity to use a high res image is gone, it’s gone gone for good.


(Diane D) #6

I bought this in late 2017. I haven’t really gotten going on my project, but I have played with it a bit. The scans are acceptable, but the real bonus for me is being able to at least see what I have better than squinting at a light.

I figured if there was something I wanted at a higher resolution, I could get that scanned in professionally. I thought some of the ones I tested came out a bit dark but again, I haven’t done much with it.

I have slides and a variety of negative sizes, many without actual photos.



(SlowButEffective) #7

I’ve used the Epson V550 to scan around 1500 slides and lots of negatives. If you’re particular to removing dust, it’s definitely the way to go, as dust removal in software is problematic. It does two passes: the regular scan, and a dust scan using infrared. This model has been around forever, is quite reliable, and is cheap.

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(dtenerow) #8

The Epson V550 and/or Kodak Scanza, anyone aware of the methods and programs to transfer the scanned 35mm slide images directly into the iMac Photo Library ?


(Graham Samuel) #9

I’m in Europe (UK and France) I’ve had Veho Smartfix device that scans 35mm positive and negative in colour, and also black and white negs (I mostly use it when people ask me for a black and white print, since although I have a few thousand negatives, I stopped darkroom work years ago. It’s a pretty simple device, but it works well. It can send the scans to a Mac or PC via USB, or put them on an SD card for bulk uploading later. Mine is only 5 megapixels, but I see that it’s now been upgraded to 14 mpx which is pretty good for most things. See

Just to confirm I have absolutely no connection with the manufacturer apart from being a satisfied user.


(SlowButEffective) #10

The method I use is to scan a batch of images (e.g. a slide tray) to a folder, then drag the files onto the Photos icon and import. After the import is complete I then delete the files in the Finder.