The problem with slides is that a print has to be made then an
internegative and then the slide, an expensive business
I wanted to archive my slide portfolio [historical] plus have
electronic capability to print, alter, or email. After asking
around I was getting price quotes of $8-$16 per slide depending on
I was at Walgreens waiting to get some vacation pics back when I
overheard a conversation with another customer asking that same
archive question regarding family photos. When it came my turn I
asked the clerk if they had capabilities for slides. Yes. Now of
course we know that we can currently get a disk burned whenever our
pics are developed but in this case I would be suppling a pile of
I brought back 4 slides for a test and was told the price would be
around $5. I figured $1.25 per slide was a great test. Next day I
picked them up, went home and brought them up on the screen and each
one projected so large only a quarter of the image would show.
Back to Walgreens with the pile. I mentioned the resolution and
asked if the clerk had options. Nope, that is the standard setting
for the machine. We discussed price a little more and I was told
that these slides wern’t a standard option so I would have to be
charged as though it was a roll of slides. Basically I could get
only 24 exposures on a CD then would have to be charged accordingly.
Back two days later. Picked up my 2 CD’s and was charged $10. I
couldn’t believe it!!! What luck!!! I had misunderstood the
pricing. Basically I thought I was paying a per slide price but I
was being quoted a per CD price. I expected to pay around $65 and
still consider it a deal.
So, I LOVE Walgreens! I still use the professional photo lab when
developing slides but head off to Walgreens when I want to have them
transferred to electronic format.
One other thing. When printing from digital, use the machines that
will photographically print on photo paper rather than inkjet print
on “photo quality” printing paper.
I also had the experience of going from slide to digital to slide.
In this case the price was more and I used the professional lab but
I couldn’t tell the original slide from the dup. A vast improvement
from trying to achieve slide to slide years ago and being
Orchid Rules! Karla from So Cal where the fires are finally under
control. What a week!!!