I have the wonderful task of exhuming forty five plus years of memories from 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm film, 35mm slides, VHS tapes, and miniDV cassettes and I’m a bit overwhelmed on the entire process. In his prime, my father had a passion for photography and film. In today’s parlance, he would have been a film and photo geek. These boxes have survived many, many moves – from the late 60’s in England to present.
These days, my father’s interest in all things film and photo have waned. He had planned on getting around to it when he retired. He never did. Last year, when I packed my remaining belongings left at my parents’ place, I also brought along nearly all of his remaining film and equipment.
Now I’m faced with the overwhelming task of bringing his work into a digital format. Most of this is alien to me. My strategy, if one calls it that, is to begin with the 35 mm slides. There are flatbed scanners, portable “feed” scanners, and even apps on smartphones that should work. I’m sorting through all the options and basically have come down to the notion that I don’t want to deal with flatbed scanners.
Ideally, the device I choose will allow me to insert multiple 35 mm slides into it, batching the scanning process directly into the computer. The high end options are too expensive for me to consider. My budget is around $200. The two contenders I’m considering are the Wolverine Mighty and Kodak’s new SCANZA.
What I’m looking for is guidance. Perhaps someone reading this post has already been down this road and can provide some recommendations for any of the formats I’ve listed above.