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Got Old Slides? Time For a Conversion…

Ready for conversion

Ready for conversion

Everyone has them…drawers and boxes full of them.  I’m talking about old pictures, slides, and home movies just sitting there waiting for you to fulfill that promise you made to yourself. “Self” you said, “as soon as you retire, you’re going to organize all of those pictures into albums”. Sure!

Some of you veryorganized types may have kept that promise and placed all of those precious photographs in great albums and even look at them once in a great while, but at least you have it done. Now the albums are sitting on a shelf or, like us, in a closet somewhere after the downsize move. But what about the slides?

Helen (adorable wife) and I have almost 1,500 slides that we took over 40 years ago and desperately needed to do something with them. Many of these slides were captured in the years just after we were married and moved to Germany for my first assignment in the Army. Helen’s father suggested that we take slides instead of photographs because they were easy to store and we could have prints made from the better ones if we wanted to share or frame them. That’s what we did.

Wurzburg, Germany 1973

Wurzburg, Germany 1973

We traveled throughout Europe in those years and took copious amounts of pictures and stored them in projector trays of 100 slides. Somewhere along the way, slides fell out of vogue and we stopped taking them. Also, we had put enough of our friends to sleep watching our slide shows that we finally put the projector up and the slides have been resting in storage ever since. It was time to do something about that because I was very fearful that time and temperature had destroyed some great memories.

A couple of years ago, a local film processor advertised a special service of converting slides to digital images. I boxed up the slides and took them in only to have them call me a few days later to tell me that my slide trays would not fit their converter and that I would have to transfer my slides to their trays – all 1300 of them. Moreover, that service was going to cost me over $300. The slides came back home.

Two weeks ago I received an email from Amazon announcing the annual Prime Day where Amazon Prime customers could save lots of money on Amazon merchandise. When Prime Day arrived, I was scrolling through some of the advertised items and came upon a device which converted slides, film negatives, and 8mm movies to digital images. The Wolverine F2D Mighty Converter is normally $129 but was on sale during Prime Day for $95.  I ordered one immediately. Helen, in Charleston visiting the grandchildren, ordered one too as a surprise gift. We had a big laugh over that when both arrived via UPS.

Slides fed to converter

Slides fed to converter

Earlier this week I decided it was time try this thing out. After reading through the short manual, I grabbed a box containing the first 100 slides we ever took and began feeding them into the converter. The images can be stored in the device and later transferred to a computer via USB cord or stored on an SDHC card and transferred through a card reader.  I had a spare 8gb SDHC card so I loaded it into the Mighty F2D (link here) and began scanning.

This thing really works! It should be noted that the first slides we have were taken on an old Kodak camera that’s probably displayed in a museum somewhere as a relic of the past, and that the film was the cartridge type made for the small cameras of that era. Therefore, the quality of the pictures is not anywhere close to what I am able to take today, but the quality cannot be blamed on the converter. The converter does have editing capability, but I prefer to load the pictures on my computer and use the simple editing software that I have there. 

I quickly became familiar with the relatively easy steps of feeding the slides into the converter and in about two hours I had converted, edited, and stored 500 slides. I probably would have accomplished this a little faster if I had not spent so much time viewing the pictures after I had processed them. It really was fun to go back 40 years and relive a lot of great memories.  I have about 800 more slides to convert and therefore a few more memories to relive, but this is a retirement activity I would recommend to anyone.

So, if you made that promise to self to do something about all those boxes of pictures and slides, it’s time to act.  The memories are waiting for you. Pictured below are a few of ours.

Helen, Wurzburg, Germany

 

Bavarian Alps, 1972

Bavarian Alps

Somewhere in Belgium, 1973

Somewhere in Holland, 1973

 

 

Dutch ladies, Marken, Holland

Dutch ladies, Marken, Holland

Austrian Alps

Austrian Alps

                                                   

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Got Old Slides? Time For a Conversion…

  1. Guy Hawkins

    I did that Joe… about 10 years ago, I noticed at the Walmart Photo Center a product/price list with Slide cConversion on it… Can’t remember the price, but I delivered around 450 slides to them, and got back the slides and two CD’s….cost was around $240…. a bargain, I thought!

    The slides had been stored carelessly in attics over the years, so their quality had deteriorated substantially, but I was really glad to have the digital files…. like you I used editing software to tweak them a bit, and I then created a photo book (I’m sure you know about those…Photo albums that you design and have printed by various service agencies…I use Apple)… I can now enjoy looking at the images on my PC/phone/tablet/what-have-you, and I can hand the photo book to interested visitors (if I’m sure they’re REALLY interested) for them to see.

    Glad you guys found this solution… it is wonderful revisiting our pat. isn’t it?? 😢

    When I see you again, it’d be better for you if you didn’t get too inquisitive about my “early years” pictures… you probably don’t have the time. 😂

    1. jobruner01 Post author

      I was pretty impressed at how simple this was and at how well the images turned out considering how unsophisticated this device appeared when I got it. It turned out to be a big surprise in a small package. I’ve put enough people to sleep with my slide shows to know better than to ask for your photo book, but it sounds interesting.

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