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How to Turn a 126 Format Slide Into a Digital Image


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DIY or Use a Professional

126 Format Slide Film is mounted in a 2"x2" mount. The film size is 28mm x 28mm or 1 1/16" x 1 1/16".

There are a couple of ways to get a 126 format slide into a digital image. You can buy a scanner and do it yourself or you can hire a professional to scan them for you. Choosing the right option for you will depend on time available and what you can afford. Both options will be costly and in most cases hiring a professional to scan them for you will be cheaper than purchasing the high quality equipment needed to do them yourself. Below are some ideas to help in your decision making.
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DIY

If you would like to do it yourself there are a couple of things to consider. You need a scanner that will scan your 126 format slides and be capable of scanning each type of slide you have. You will want to make sure they scan at a high enough resolution so that your digital image will have all the details that are in your 126 format slide film. You will want at least a 2000 dpi (dots-per-inch). It also needs to be one that can scan and keep it in focus because a out of focus picture isn't much to look it. Another thing to consider is the amount of time that it will take you to scan your slides. Even the best scanners are a minute or more per slide to scan unless they are only able to scan them at very low quality. There are a lot of different scanners out there. There are flatbed ones and ones that will individually take and scan your 126 slide film. The quality for all the different ones will range greatly so you definitely get what you pay for. Make sure to look out for that when shopping for a scanner.

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Use a Professional

When using a professional there are a few things that you will want to make sure of. There are some that are based out of the United States. You ship your order to California and then they send your priceless memories on freight ships out of the country to have them scanned. There is a huge risk of something happening to them at that point. I would stay away from those companies. One that uses high quality scanners to give you the best possible scans is essential. At Larsen Digital only the highest quality scanners are used to scan your film. A skilled staff like what we have at Larsen Digital is very important as well. This will make sure that your entire project turns out perfectly just the way you hoped. The pro to using a professional is that it will be scanned and returned to you in a very short amount of time. If you are doing it yourself it can be a very long tedious process. When you receive your images back everything is done for you. Your images will be scanned, rotated, color corrected and ready to share.

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Now That They are Digital

There are a few fun things that you can do with your digital images. You can upload them online, email them, use in a slideshow or make prints out of them. Larsen Digital can help you do all of these things or you can do them on your own.

The best thing you can do with your slides is to first get them scanned into a digital image. Preserving them is the greatest gift you can give to your children and their children. You don't want them to deteriorate any more than they already have. Film was never meant to last for a long period of time. The dyes in your film deteriorate leaving you with faded discolored pictures. We know how much these pictures mean to you so now is the time to act. Larsen Digital can take your 126 format slides and scan them at high resolutions to give you a beautiful digital image. Included with your scan is a free standard color correction to fix those fading colors and contrast issues. There is no better time than now to preserve your memories so you will have them easily accessible and be able to share them with others. There are quite a few fun ways to share your digitized slides. You can upload them to the cloud to easily share with those you want too. You can also make a slideshow for yourself and also to give to others. You can have prints made or use your images in a photo book, scrapbook, etc.

Now is the time to finally get your film out of storage and scanned before it's too late! Larsen Digital can help you.


History of 126 Format Film


126 is the number given to a cartridge-based film format used in still photography. It was introduced by Kodak in 1963, and is associated mainly with low-end point-and-shoot cameras, particularly Kodak's own Instamatic series of cameras.

Although 126 was once very popular, as of 2008 it is no longer manufactured, and few photofinishers will process it.

In 1963, Kodak introduced a new film, encased in a plastic cartridge, for which they re-introduced the "126" designation. (The number was originally used for the unrelated 126 roll film format from 1906 to 1949). The term "126" was intended to show that images were 26mm square, using Kodak's common 1xx film numbering system. However the image size is actually 28 x 28 mm, but usually reduced to approximately 26.5 x 26.5 mm by masking during printing or mounting.

Like the 120 format, there is a continuous backing paper, and the frame number is visible through a small window at the rear of the cartridge. Cameras for this type of film were equipped with a larger rectangular window in the back door, through which was visible not only the frame number, but also a portion of the label showing the film type and speed. The cartridge has a captive take-up spool, but no supply spool: the film and backing paper are simply coiled tightly and placed in the supply end of the cartridge. The positioning of the image is fixed by the cartridge. The film is 35mm wide, but unlike 135 film, it is unperforated, except for one registration hole per image, similar to the earlier 828 film. The camera is equipped with a sensing pin which falls into this hole when the film is fully advanced to the next frame, at which point the winding knob or lever is locked, so as to prevent winding past the pre-exposed frame lines.

A strip of 126 negatives, showing the square format and single perforation. The film is pre-exposed with frame lines and numbers, a feature intended to make printing and viewing easier.

The top edge of the cartridge above the film gate has a square notch in a specific position corresponding to the speed of the film in the cartridge. Some of the higher-end cameras used this notch to determine the correct exposure, or to set the light meter, if so equipped.

Information found on Wikipedia.