I’m finally scanning the huge number of slides (and maybe even the smaller number of filmstrips) I’ve shot since buying an SLR in 1998. This has, perhaps, been my longest-term project ever. rgb lent me a Nikon LS-2000 slide scanner in early 2003. Every time I’ve pulled it out to use it, something different has gone wrong (usually with the hardware – it’s old and balky.) A few weeks ago I finally said to myself that enough is enough and it’s time to get everything scanned. I tried to fix the scanner and concluded that the stepper motor driver is fried. Not wanting to do board level repair without a schematic, I simply bought a new LS-2000 on eBay (they’re obsolete now and go for about $200.) So I now have a new-to-me LS-2000 that works fine, rgb’s SF-200 slide feeder (also balky but easily repaired using an old calling card), and a “parts” LS-2000 I can scavenge from if this one breaks.
So yeah, this time I’m getting the slides done and giving back rgb
his a scanner. I might take a few shortcuts – ideally I’d do the colour correction in the scanner software itself, which supports 16 bits per channel, but it’s way easier to do it in the gimp (limited to 8 bits.) I can always reprocess the really good shots later (which likely means never.)