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Old 06-12-2007, 09:24 AM
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I am looking for the least expensive and easiest way to transfer my old photos to digital. Is there any one step device available? They did a bunch of my old Nam photos at the local highschool fairly easily with a scanner and computer - about 5 click steps for each photo and it came out excellent - just like the original but the orignals are fading slowly. Is this technology expensive? I really don't know the details of what they had - took about 10 minutes to do 15 photos. Is it cheaper to just bring them to Kmart or Wallyworld? I have thousands of the kids I want to convert. And I am a computer dummy and already have a Dell Inspiron B130 laptop.

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Old 06-12-2007, 09:53 AM
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Might be easiest to pic up a scanner somewhere and do them yourself, at your leisure. My neighbor recently sold his perfectly working scanner on Craigslist for $10; might want to try there.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:18 AM
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I scanned mine on my HP5610, a 4-in-1 printer, scanner, fax, copy machine. What I want to find is a way to convert 35mm slides to digital (I took tons of slides in Viet Nam and in the 70's)
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:28 AM
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Some high end graphics programs, like Corel, have a "color reverse" tool for converting slides to viewable pictures. I'm not sure how well they work since I don't have any slides to try.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:44 AM
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Thanks

I guess the scanner is the way to go - are they all the same - a wallyworld one would work ? I am impressed by the clarity of the copied photos, and don't want to buy something that is of less quality

hey afishinado

remember this place???...35 years and a hundred pounds ago....

crap, we were skinny children with hair!!!!!........



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Old 06-12-2007, 10:52 AM
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AHROOOAH!

This would be somewhere south of DaNang in 1970... That's me with the gun
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:48 AM
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Great pic!! Nice digs...

I never knew you guys had cameo fatigues - Notice the short sleeve t's too- musta been lots hotter down South!! Our AO was North of Bien Hoa so we got to stay in the shade of the Jungle canopy all day. Went into Long Bien (sp?) when I left country - I almost passed out in the Sun. Luckily I missed the worst months of summer cause I got dropped 3 months (thank you Pres. Nixon..). Those guns were our life support. At one time we carried 3 in just my squad cause my freeging guys were animals and the extra firepower was great insurance. How'd you like that gun damn they were heavy.....Had one of those puppies smoking almost all day once, never changed the barrel - just kept spraying wd40 on it. I liked the m16 though, and it was heavy enough for my skinny ass.....

Hey, many great memories - but don't miss sleeping in the bush. I tricked out my kids into thinking that boating was camping.....

Take care - am going to Wayne next month to a party for a Joisey buddy retiring from the Port Authority next month. I'll look into one of those 4 in one machines - I have had good luck with HP stuff...

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Old 06-12-2007, 12:28 PM
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Holy crap I didn't see the Da Nang thing!!! You were way up North of us!!!!!!! Was still pretty hopping there in 1970, wasn't it? Thought there were just mountians and triple canopy crap there... I guess this must be near the coast? I was only in the area North and east of Bien Hoa - maybe 100 miles tops. Anyway, I am sure we were much further South. Did you call him Sir Charles up there?

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Old 06-12-2007, 12:36 PM
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Afishinado - 6/12/2007 10:18 AM

I scanned mine on my HP5610, a 4-in-1 printer, scanner, fax, copy machine. What I want to find is a way to convert 35mm slides to digital (I took tons of slides in Viet Nam and in the 70's)
If you have a lot of slides take a look at one of these.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati....asp?CatId=297
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:45 PM
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Yep, some old photos are just too valuable to let fad away to nothing. So I bought a Canon CanoScan Lide 25/Lide 60, a real cheepie, for about $79,95. Tiny little ol thing, only about 1˝ inches thick. No power cord, just plug in the computer USB slot, put in a photo then push the start button on the scanner. Photo shows up on the computer to be put in Iphoto by just dragging it there where you can make any adjustments you wish, not Photoshop but good enough for the kind of girls I go with. Mine is an Apple computer.

Photo below is an example of a very valuable photo to me.





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Old 06-12-2007, 12:59 PM
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Talk about HOT!!!

An engine room on a ship on the equator. Ouch!!!!
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:25 PM
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Li Sound Grunt, evidently you have “been there, done that“.

On a Destroyer, in the engine room, with no way to clean off the paint except to use diesel oil, nothing else would work. Diesel oil got the paint off, but left your skin “red and raw“ for a few very uncomfortable days. Yes, they even painted your “fun zone”. No chasing the ladies at the next port of call due to very tender vittles.

No big deal though because now I was a well respected “shellback”, and on the next trip across the equator, on a different Destroyer, I got to be the punisher, not the punishee.



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Old 06-12-2007, 08:56 PM
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First let me say those are some awesome shots above. You have my respect. I am just young enough at 46 to have missed that era.

Has anyone found a good solution for scanning slides? I looked at the link above but I would like to find something that could scan 3-5,000 slides. My dad has boxes and boxes of slides containing everything from the Korean War to when he immigrated to the US from England on the Queen Mary in 1947.

Any suggestions?
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