23 Comments

  1. Christiaan
    June 14
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    If you use the compatibility mode the software works for vista. The software does work for Windows 7 as well.

    • Jonathan
      June 16
      Reply

      Hi Christiaan,

      Thanks for posting. The first thing I tried with Vista was the compatibility mode, and it didn’t work for me. I will give it another try, and perhaps with more patience this time :) Didn’t see much point in fighting with Vista when I knew I had XP available.

      Good to know it works on Windows 7, too.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

  2. Baz
    August 1
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    You need to slide the red plastic bit forward on the arm for universal slides, as it shows in the video it is setup for the cs slide mounts. These are rigidly set in their trays and only need a narrow ‘pusher’.
    This is the same design as the original cs slide projector’s think the one I have in the roof is agfa, before reflecta took over the product.

  3. Ing
    August 9
    Reply

    Interesting experience… I, too, have bought a Reflecta DigitDia 5000 new, in July this year, so just 1 month ago: and have scanned all my slides (mostly glassless plastic frame Hamafix, but some paper Kodachrome slides as well) with no problems whatsoever. In fact, I bought two Paximat 100 round magazines. So letting the scanner work (even unattended – no problem) gets the job done quite fast: 100 slides in 4 hrs 15 (best quality: 3600 dpi, save as TIF (= 90 MB each!), and with ICE on (which, in my opinion, is a must).
    As I have now finished all the slides I wanted to scan (3 wks into the job) I sell my nearly new Reflecta DigitDia 5000 for EUR 777 (optionallt Paximat 100 magazines, two of them at EUR 10.50 each) If interested, contact me at: reflecta.digitdia.5000_AT_mac.hush.com

  4. Jonathan
    August 10
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    @Baz
    Thanks for that info – I didn’t see anything like that in the documentation. I guess it would explain the loading problems I was having.

  5. Jonathan
    August 10
    Reply

    @Ing
    Perhaps the difference between your setup and mine was the red lever that Baz mentioned.

  6. Donnieboy
    October 12
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    Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don’t have the time.
    Oh well maybe one day…. :)

  7. Bernard
    November 27
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    It’s a long way to scan !
    I use my Reflecta digitdia 5000 for one year
    I have a big amount of slides to scan : 30,000
    I have now scanned more than 10,000 without any major problem (but i’m careful with thin card slides which often block, fortunately I have few of them).
    Every evening i put a basket of 50 slides and it goes on alone.
    So I recommand this scanner, with the inconvenients of noise and crude software.

  8. Lorenzo
    January 9
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    I use a powerslide 3650 from pacific image, but it’s the same scanner. I’ve already scanned 3000 slides and it jammed a very few times. I used both paximat circular 100 slides tray and paximat 50 slides linear tray. Now I’m usind standard 36 slides linear trays, and they’re fine too, I just need to reposition the orange lever from the back to the front side of the mechanical arm

  9. January 21
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    nice method article. The scan mode definitely affects the final image.
    It is useful to lay around 12 slides on a flat plate, scan at 600 dpi then crop accordingly though some slides quality may be pretty poor to start with. photoshop comes in handy here.

  10. Phil
    March 11
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    Hi,
    Has anyone done a comparison between the Reflecta 5000 and a Nikon 4000 ?????
    I am thinking of buying a Nikon second hand as I have thousands of slides to scan.
    From what I can work out Reflecta do not have a Dist. in Australia.
    Phil

    • Jonathan
      March 11
      Reply

      I’ve never used a Nikon 4000, so I can’t really comment on it. I suspect you’ll get better image quality from it. If you want to use the bulk auto-loading feature, apparently you’ll have to buy the SF-200 auto slide feeder. I’ve no idea how much this costs.

      I didn’t buy my Reflecta from an official distributor – I bought it from eBay. They seem pretty rare devices though.

      When you’ve decided what to buy, please post back here and let us know how you got on with it.

  11. Jasper Janssen
    September 22
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    Is there any chance you could try moving the little red bit of plastic as suggested by other commenters and rerunning a couple of the various slides to see if they transport properly? This would be interesting, as yours is the only review that seems to have actually addressed a number of different types of mounts in the first place.

    • Jonathan
      September 22
      Reply

      Hi Jasper. I’m afraid I don’t have the scanner any more. I bought it, scanned a few thousand slides, and sold it again.

  12. Ampi
    December 27
    Reply

    Just tried it. Works! No more swearing and baby sitting the
    scanner…!

  13. Matt
    March 3
    Reply

    Have you sold the scanner yet? I’m interested in buying it. Cheers, Matt.

    • Jonathan
      March 3
      Reply

      Hi Matt,

      Sorry, I sold the scanner about a year ago. I bought it for a specific job, to scan 5000 slides, and then I sold it again. It was cheaper to do this than to rent one, or to send the slides to a photographic shop. Shame to get rid of it, because the image quality was nice, but it didn’t make sense to have a £900 scanner lying around.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

  14. Matt
    March 3
    Reply

    Thanks Jonathan. I’m thinking of doing the same; buying the scanner, using, then selling on. Can I ask how much you got for it ? Many thanks, Matt.

  15. Jonathan
    March 3
    Reply

    I can’t remember how much I bought it for (because I gave the buyer the original receipt for the warranty) but it was around £900 I think. I bought it new from an online retailer that I’d never heard of before.

    I sold it on eBay for £699. At the time I remember being a little disappointed with the price but as such a niche item it didn’t attract much attention in the 10-day auction.

    Either way, £200 was a better price for scanning 5000 slides than any photographic store was offering (some of them wanted 99p per slide!). I also made a few quid on the side by offering to scan slides for friends and family. Given that it can chew through a tray of 50 slides unattended, it doesn’t take much trouble to scan a couple of trays for a tenner :)

  16. Roger
    January 2
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    I’m looking to purchase if anyone has one for sale. Say if includes the Digital ICE and Silverfast software.

  17. Miro
    January 26
    Reply

    Hello !

    I am interested in problems (or NO problems) with LKM magazines in Reflecta 5000.
    Has anyone experience with this combination to share with public ?

    • December 22
      Reply

      Hello Miro!

      I hope it is not too late for answer, but here it is anyway:
      This machine works great with LKM magazines. I have luckily decided to use LKMs when I started to take slides 20+ years ago :) and this year I have scanned 1000’s of slides with it. If you have original LKM magazines, it works without any jams. But the fact is, I had some problems with fake magazines. You can read all abou it here: dia-scan.blogspot.com/2012/10/welcome-to-machine.html

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