One of my 2011 genealogy goals is to scan all the slides at my grandma's house. There are 3 shelves of boxes containing 100 slide carousels. There are 14 boxes on each shelf. So I have around 4200 slides to scan.
In January, I wrote a post about my beginning attempts to scan those slides. I started by using one of the slide converters that is really a light box scanner. I decided that it was too much work to place the slides into the tray and manually line up each slide. If I didn't have a lot of slides to scan, this would be a good, cheap choice to scan them all. But that is not the case for me.
When I got my new laptop last year, I found out that my old scanner was not compatible with Windows 7. So I had been scanning with my netbook and then transferring the files to my laptop. So I was in the market for a new flat bed scanner. So with a little cooking, cleaning, and eye batting, I got my husband to buy me a new one.
He purchases the CanoScan 8800F (Amazon affiliate link) for me. It is massive, but it is so much faster than my old scanner. It makes me wonder why I didn't purchase a new scanner long ago. I had no idea how much faster scanners now work. I don't even want to think of how much time I wasted waiting for my old scanner to do its thing.
The CanoScan 8800F can scan slides and film. It scans 4 slides at a time. You just lay them in the tray, preview the images, select which to scan and scan away. Scanning slides takes FOREVER, but this new scanner makes it a pretty hands off experience. I've been scanning the slides and participating in Scanfest or watching genealogy webinars while waiting for it to complete each set of scans.
The other thing I like about my new scanner is that it recognizes when you are scanning multiple items and can automatically crop them into separate image files. With my old scanner, I would scan each photo separately, then crop it. Now I just lay 4 photos on the glass and let it scan and it leaves me with 4 files. It's great!
Now I just need to work on adding metadata to all these images.
Disclosure: The link for the scanner is to my Amazon affiliate link. It allows me to get a small percentage of your purchases, but it doesn't tell me if you bought it.