Wolverine F2D8 8 MP 35mm Slides/Negatives Scanner (Old Version)
- Convert 35mm film Slides and Negatives into 8 MegaPixels JPEG image with a push of a button
- Unique stand-alone operation - No computer or software required to operate
- Fast conversion - requires only 5 seconds to scan an image
- Built-in SD & SDHC Memory Card Reader to Save Direct to Memory Cards
- PC and MAC Compatible (Plug-and-Play no drivers or software required)
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Wolverine 8 Megapixel 35mm Slides and Negatives to Digital Image Converter
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The resulting images are 3600x2400 pixels, which is not bad for computer or TV screen use, and might stand up to printing (have not tried this yet). My only complaint so far is that it crops images slightly on the left and right, and it tends to scan images too dark for my tastes. The latter can be adjusted fairly easily with a setting on the device. Nothing you can do about the former except be careful about what part of the image you allow to be cropped out. The images are also somewhat noisy. You will want to post process them in image adjustment software. I use iPhoto on a Mac, and that's more than good enough. When placed in USB mode, the device was recognized by iPhoto and downloaded like any other camera.
All in all, it may not be a $400 true slide scanner, but then you didn't pay that much.
I bought an 8GB SD card also. A must. I sat in front of the TV and did 100 or so a night in about 1/2 hour. I didn't bother with adjusting the exposure for each picture, but just used the "normal" setting. I wasn't particularly picky about getting the slide exactly centered (I consequently wound up with some black edges on the final output). Every few hundred or so I would then copy to my computer.
I will say that Photoshop or something similar is probably necessary. I couldn't tell the quality of my originals since I didn't have a way to see them, but Photoshop (just auto-adjust) made a huge difference in many of the pictures. Others not so much. It depended on the various colors in the slide. Also, unless you take a lot of time and get every spec of dust off the slides, your scanned results will have specs on them. So, I erased out the very bad specs (they are particularly visible in sky shots). If you wanted to get rid of them all in Photoshop it would be very tedious.
All in all I'm very pleased. It was fairly quick, very easy, and the quality is as good as I needed. I viewed several via a USB drive on a 47" TV and they looked great. Plus, I'm sure I can re-sell the unit when I'm all done with it. A few co-workers already want it.
I did try it on a few very old negatives. Those results were NOT impressive for me. Maybe the negatives were bad. They were a bit warped. I had better results just taking the original (and faded) pictures to my printer/scanner and doing it that way.
Please keep in mind, if you disassemble your film scanner, you scrap your warranty. I'm very experienced in servicing and assembling electronics and felt very comfortable with the actions I took - and very comfortable voiding my warranty, as well - but you may not want to do any of that.
While the image scan is an impressive 2400x3600 pixels, every image I've scanned in the last month or so has required extensive digital editing to remove the halo. This was a deal-breaker for me. Do not buy this product.
Below is my original review:
I recently purchased this converter to convert approximately 600 35mm slides to digital format. I was a little unsure of how the images would look in digital form, but I'm happy to report that this converter produces a high level of image quality and is easy to use as well.
The unit comes with just about everything you need. There are two trays, one for negatives and one for slides. I would have liked to see the slide tray accommodate more than four slides at a time, but there was obviously some forethought on Wolverine's part about fitting everything into a small, narrow box, so it is to be expected. The negative tray holds six negatives, which is about the most you'll get per strip from a developer when you get your pictures back, so no complaints there.
The unit is an absolute cinch to use. I judge a digital device's ease of use based on my dear grandmother, meaning if she can do it without a problem, it can be done by pretty much anyone. Thankfully, this unit is well within that margin, requiring only two button presses to capture an image. The only control over the image itself is brightness, which can be adjusted easily in a sub-menu. The camera in the unit takes about 5 seconds to capture an image, so the longest part of the process is loading the trays.
The quality of the image in digital format is excellent. The unit is rated at 8MP, with units only as high as 5MP just a few bucks beneath it. This was the main selling point for the unit, as I thought $13 was very reasonable for an extra 3MP. After converting the slides, I was happy to see that there were no digital artifacts on the image beyond what you'd expect at 8MP. In practical terms, you notice the quirks and anomalies of the source material well before any of the digital hallmarks, so what you get is a very accurate representation of the original photo. The light which passes through the slide or negative is nice and bright, ensuring a clear and accurate conversion.
The best part about it is the unit's ability to function without being attached to a computer. The unit has a tiny bit of internal memory, but accepts standard SD and SDHC cards. What's great about this is that you can convert materials without having to worry about the capture process on a PC, and when you're done you just pop the card into your computer and pull off the images, easy peasy.
I gave the unit four stars because the housing feels a little chintzy, but as long as you're not man-handling it or throwing it around, you don't have anything to worry about. I would definitely recommend this unit, especially considering its price point.
Here's my take: It's like getting free |nstogram. But if you don't want that, there's no other option. I tried all the corrections it offers. It makes film look old. Here's why I'm not giving a one-star: It could be a kind of tool, like a clay sculptor uses broken wood handles and all, for just this kind of look. So if you have several scanners for several reasons, do not pass this one up. But if you are looking for a good old plain scanner for film, nah.
Truly expected a worse,more degraded conversion.
I like the ability to make a gross correction for over/underexposure,also the ability to either flip or left/right mirror,saves a lot of time having to reload a slide placed on the wrong side.
A plus avoiding the use of a PC means can be used while doing something else like watching a show or been away from the PC.
Another plus is the preview that allows to either continue or discard.
All in all a very handy option to a more sophisticated media like a scan,I use the Epson Perfection 4180photo,excellent images but slower (about 1 minute/frame)need to be on the computer and involves more steps,will continue to use for selected slides.
Unfortunately have to return/echange as one hinge on the slide holder is broken,but Amazon is the reason I purchase from, as they stand by providing superb service.
Definitely, get a memory card to go with it. I would scan a deck at a time and then transfer it to my computer in its own directory. Then I'd erase them on the disk and the naming of the images would start back over - incrementing numerically each time.
Some of the slides were slightly different dimensions and they all fit into the plastic template well - some of them being just a little bit snug.
For the money, I think it was a good value for the quality I received.