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To scan film like slides or negatives you have to shine light through it first. Film scanners are more expensive than flatbeds because they include a light source in the lid. This clever and inexpensive hack from Make magazine uses natural light.

P.S. If you've used this method successfully I'd love to hear from you!
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I've seen several people share this link today. I'm very skeptical. No more than a slide adaptor costs -- and considering the time you have to invest when scanning -- I'd rather just get an adaptor. I don't have the time or the energy to scan them over again if this wouldn't work. (Having scanned 500+ slides a few years ago for my parents' anniversary party, I'm sensitive about these things <g>)
 
I would assume that you wouldn't scan 500+ slides and then check to see if they came out good. I'm going to try this for my negatives if I can find the right paper.
 
Of course not. My point was that if I'm going to invest the time and energy to scan slides, I'm going to use the right tool to begin with. The adaptor I got was less than $20.
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