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How to Turn a 127 Format Slide Into a Digital Image

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DIY or Use a Professional

127 Format Slide Film is mounted in a 2"x2" mount. The film size is 30mm x 30mm or 1 3/16" x 1 3/16".
A 127 Format Super Slide Film is mounted in a 2"x2" mount. The film size is 38mm x 38mm or 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".

There are a couple of ways to get a 127 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. You want to make sure whoever is scanning these can capture the entire area of film. At Larsen Digital we make sure to capture all of the film for you. Below are some more ideas to help in your decision making.
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If you would like to do it yourself there are a couple of things to consider. You need a scanner that will scan your 127 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 127 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 127 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 127 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. Uploading them to social media sites is really fun as well. So many easy ways to share your newly discovered treasures.

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 127 Film

127 is a roll film format for still photography introduced by Kodak in 1912. The film itself is 46 mm wide, placing it between 35 mm and 120 "medium format" films in terms of size.[1] The image format normally used is a square 4 cm × 4 cm. However, rectangular 4 cm × 3 cm and 4 cm × 6 cm are also standard.

127 enjoyed mainstream popularity until its usage began to decline from the 1960s onwards in the face of newer, cartridge-based films. However, as of 2013 it survives as a niche format.

The format was introduced by Kodak in 1912, along with the "Vest Pocket Kodak" folding camera, as a compact alternative to larger portable cameras using 120 film. The folding "127s" were in fact smaller than most 35 mm cameras today. The 127 format made a comeback during the 1950s as the format of choice for small inexpensive cameras such as the Brownie and Satellite, and continued in wide use until surpassed by the 126 film and 110 film "Instamatic" cartridges (introduced in 1963 and 1972 respectively), and especially by 35 mm. 127 cameras from that era were often characterized by simple box-like construction. Slides shot on 127 slide film were often preferred over 35 mm for example for sets of slides sold at tourist gift shops, because of the larger photo area and completely square dimensions of a 127 slide. The format was part of the ISO 732 standard until it was dropped in the third (1991) edition of that standard.

Information found on Wikipedia.