Pixmonix — Our 35mm Slide Scanning Services
35mm slide film is the most commonly used transparency film format. The 35mm slide frame is 24mm x 36mm. The format of a 35mm slide is shown below.
Step 1: Preparing 35mm Slides
First, you send us your slides using our slide and negative packing guidelines. Once we have received them, we start by cleaning the slides using compressed air. This removes any loose dust, dirt and hair. We don't use any chemical cleaners which might damage the slides. We have absolutely minimal contact with the film.
Step 2: 35mm Slide Scanning and Slide Digitizing
We scan 35mm slides to digital with a high-resolution Nikon 5000 ED film scanner (not a flatbed scanner). We use dust and scratch removal technologies during scanning to make the digital images shine.
Step 3: Post-Scanning Processing of 35mm Slides
After slide scanning, we use post-scanning processing steps that assure you the highest quality digital image from your 35mm slides. We perform color correction, exposure correction, and careful hand cropping to remove any visible frame borders. On some images we employ grain and noise reduction techniques. This helps particularly on high-speed negative film (e.g., 400 ASA film) and on underexposed images. If your slides are faded, we may employ sophisticated color restoration technologies that can really bring faded and color-shifted images back to life. Even after scanning thousands of faded slides, we often still find the results absolutely stunning!
Step 4: Delivery of Digital Images
After scanning and processing your 35mm slides, we load all of the digital images to disc. We return your originals along with your CD or DVD of images using a trackable UPS shipping label. Your slides are treated with the utmost care while they are in our hands.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Scanning Black and White 35mm Slides
We scan both color and black and white films. Please note that the automated dust and scratch removal technologies that we employ are not effective on traditional B&W film. Hence you should expect to see evidence of dust and scratches in the scanned images.
Scanning 110, 126 and 127 Format Slides
For 126 slides, Alternatively, we can scan your slides with a different machine, specific for large and medium format film, that captures the entire frame. This process is used for scanning 127 slides and other large formatted negatives and transparencies. Because of the labor-intensive and time-consuming process, this option is more costly. As a standard, we scan 126 slides like 35mm slides and charge the 35mm slide price. For 127 slides, the cost is higher because of the advanced process.
For 110 slides in 1" x 1" slide mounts, we place the mounted slides into a carrier and scan using the Nikon 5000 ED high-resolution scanner.
Do You Work with Customers Outside the USA?
Yes! We regularly work with customers from all over the world. We have worked with customers from Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan and other locations. Shipping outside of the USA is a bit more expense. We can use UPS or the US Postal Service Priority Mail services (your choice). We will reflect our actual shipping charges to you. You are responsible for customs/duty/brokerage charges on the shipments (both inbound and outbound). We try to minimize these fees/taxes by appropriately declaring the materials being shipped.