My handheld slide viewer sucks...

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by Chris Nielsen, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Chris Nielsen

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    Just wanted to share that with you...

    It's a Kaiser brand I think, had it a while but it's driving me nuts... It's a small handheld unit with 2 batteries inside that makes it light up when you shove a slide in the hole at the top. Problem is, the colour of the light is so horribly warm it ruins the colours of my slides. The light is a small screw in bulb behind some white plastic, even with that in the way it looks way too warm. Guess there's not much I can do about that I suppose.

    anyway, just wanted to rant. Back to my handheld hold-it-up-to-the-light viewer, at least that has the right colour !!!

    I feel better now that's off my chest...
     
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    I have one of those, not a Kaiser. They're cheaply made with bad lighting to encourage us to get color-corrected light tables and loupes. If I only had the space...
     
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    I have seen some very good small ones with light at 5500 degrees Kelvin.
    I have a 4x5 mini-light-table myself and am planning to get me an A4 sized one.

    Check ebay.....

    Peter
     
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    If you don't already have them, you may want to obtain a light box and a loupe, and a slide projector.
     
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    I replaced the light in my hand-held stereo slide viewer with a color corrected bulb that I got from a fellow named George Themelis online. He also sold replacement reflector materials to replace the off-color material in my viewer, and the combination made a world of difference. I don't know much about hand held non-stereo slide viewers, but you may be able to replace some of the components that cause these problems, and if you can convert it to house power the light level will always be steady and strong.

    There used to be some really nice stationary (too large to hold) slide viewers out there that you could use to view slides on. They projected onto a fixed screen about the size of a 15" computer monitor if I remember correctly. They show up on ebay regularly, but the shipping will be high as they are neither light nor compact. They do, however, offer pretty good quality viewing...

    - Randy
     
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    Nowadays you can pick up a good used or even new slide projector and screen for a song. Viewing your slides on a large screen in a darkened room, remote in hand, and good music on the stereo and you're at the movies. Don't forget the popcorn!
     
  7. Chris Nielsen

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    Yes, you guys are right, I need to get a projector. Still looking for a cheap one that's not like 100 years old !

    I have a mini lightbox and loupe that I use, sucks the power though so i should probably get a power pack for it. The idea of the hand held viewer was to take my slides with me to show my mates.
     
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    The slide viewer I have for looking at the old slides of family works OK. The light in it seems to be OK for slides.
    There's a Braun paximat projector too. But it's a bit of a pain to set up. It's amazing, though. It's the slide, but bigger. Sharp, colorful...
     
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    Chris, you could probably replace the bulb with a high-brightness white l.e.d. They're cheap, have a high colour temperature and draw less current than a filament bulb. You'll probably need a current-dropping resistor though.
     
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    This sounds like a great effort to save a handheld slide viewer. It does not sound like a cost effective solution either.

    Steve
     
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    If you go out for one of the newer Kodak Ektagraphics :tongue: that they stoped making in 2004 you will be in for a pleasent suprise.
     
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    The old Kodak Kodaslide Model A table slide viewer is a nice way to view slides without the bother of setting up a projector. They go for $25 - $50. I like it more than the Braun.

    Some of the Kodak carousels have pop-out viewing screens.
     
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