Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t have my slides in carrousels, do I need to buy some? Nope, I have a supply of empty carousels that I will load your loose slides into for a fee of $5 per. However, if you want to avoid any handling fees you should find any tray compatible with any of the following projectors (also shown below): Ansco, Argus, Focal, GAF, Hanimex, Keystone, Minolta, Nikkormat, Rotomatic, Sawyer, Sears, Ward.
What file type will the digitized slides be? I default to JPEG format, but can also capture the slides in NEF (RAW) format if requested.
What kind of resolution will my digitized slides be? I default to 2896×1944; 5.6 Megapixels, which is sufficient for cropping/enlarging, and viewing on large screens. I can also capture in 3872×2592; 10.0 Megapixels if requested.
How many megabytes will my pictures take up on my computer? At 5.6 Megapixels, each picture takes up ~2.4MB.
Do I need to send a hard drive? Supplying a hard drive is recommended, however I have many brand new 2GB – 8GB USB jump drives that I can sell.
What can I do to make the digitization process easier? If you do not have the slides loaded in any of the compatible 100 count carousels I would prefer to handle loose slides. If you plan to mail me your slides this will also save on shipping costs.
What is your turn-around time? Depending on the number of carousels, (generally less than 10) I can have them digitized in less than 72 hours.
How will I receive my newly digitized slides? I prefer to use solid state drives (i.e. USB flash drives) since they have the potential of lasting several hundred years (much longer than any slide would be able to survive in a box). I can also burn them to CD’s and DVD’s, but if you plan on keeping them for a long period of time, know that these compact discs have dyes that will begin to degrade after a few years. Many of my customers will supply me with their own drives (hard drives or flash drives) but I can also supply one if needed.
How long can I expect my CDs/DVDs to last? According to the National Archives, CD/DVD experiential life expectancy is 2 to 5 years even though published life expectancies are often cited as 10 years, 25 years, or longer. However, a variety of factors discussed in the sources cited in FAQ 15, below, may result in a much shorter life span for CDs/DVDs. Life expectancies are statistically based; any specific medium may experience a critical failure before its life expectancy is reached. Additionally, the quality of your storage environment may increase or decrease the life expectancy of the media. We recommend testing your media at least every two years to assure your records are still readable. Source: National Archives