You have customers, friends, relatives, and possibly a closet, garage, basement filled with Ektachrome, Kodachrome, Fuji Chrome and Agfa Chrome slides slowly degaussing and gathering dust.   Somewhere out there are estimated six billion plus slides.  Most likely parked with a broken unfixable Kodak Carousel going or already useless as there are no parts and few work on them. The solution, turn the sides into digital and we offer this service. 

Our machine turns slides into digitized high impact, high resolution images faster than you can sort them.  The memories are fading by the day. 

The K-process was very dependent on time, temperature, chemical balance and here is the actual process format for Kodachrome slides by Kodak.  Few labs could really do it right, your slide film went to Rochester and was processed direct.

Rumors, and the chemistry is not something you wanted in your backyard might be the reason the plant in Rochester hasn’t been sold, so we hear.   For fifty plus years the K film was the bar by which slide films were judged but a few of them gained recognition such as Fujichrome and AgfaChrome

Leopold Godowsky, Jr. and Leopold Mannes, working with the Eastman Kodak Company, developed Kodachrome, the first commercially successful color film to use the subtractive method.  Kodachrome was introduced in 1935 as 16 mm motion picture film, and in 1936 as 35 mm film for still cameras. The Kodachrome films contained no color dye couplers; these were added during processing.

In late 1936, Agfacolor Neu was launched, Agfa having overcome earlier difficulties with color sensitivity problems. This film had the dye couplers incorporated into the emulsion, making processing simpler than for Kodachrome.

Early color negative film had many shortcomings, including the high cost of the film, processing and printing, the mediocre color quality, rapid fading and discoloration of highlights of some types of print that became noticeable after several years. Amateurs who owned projection equipment used reversal films extensively because the cost of projection equipment and slide film was offset by not having to pay for prints. Eventually, print quality improved and prices decreased, and, by the 1970s, color negative film and color prints had largely displaced slides as the primary method of amateur photography.

Until about 1995, color transparency was preferred for publication because of the films' higher contrast and resolution, and was widely used in commercial and advertising photography, reportage, sports, stock and nature photography. Digital media gradually replaced transparency film. 

I have been in the photographic industry most of my life, as a lab-retail store owner, and a shooter.  I worked since I’m seventeen in  Journalism, Weddings, Commercial, and Sports, I ran a photography school. With the death of Kodak (and half the industry) I felt we needed a better way to convert slides.   I just updated, looked at what the market had to offer which was cheap junk and overpriced commercial gear.   My thinking, little or no research needed, I have been there, done that.  I had a working prototype in three days, a model with the quality of a machine that could cost double from the competition and better resolution and performance.

A new internal single modern bulb light system was developed, re-wiring as needed for DC  since the entire projector is high voltage AC powered.  The longest part of the initial build was testing all the possible camera and lens combinations, with real testing and not guessing. 

UNDERSTAND:  I am a frugal thinker. Frugalistic thinking, is not a negative, it’s a nice expression, meaning it does work without a waste of time, resources, money, parts and so forth.  Cheap on the other hand means poorly made, under thought, under built and not worth it.  I’m frugal but not cheap.  I’m highly selective and have to be as the analog portion, the projector units are not new and I knew what I had to do to make them better.  

•  My  first test for production results produced better quality slides, blazing fast, and for a whole lot less, and thats the beauty of keeping things simple. 


I built our machines because there is nothing on the market that is affordable.  Using a board concept eliminated and absorbed any vibrations from the Carousel, literally reduced it to nil and added to the clarity of the image.  And we didn’t need to Consult Engineers, Gurus, Shaolin Priests, Aliens, Klingons or Romulons.  NO research costs. NO overpriced parts.

Frugal thinking, smart value, simple solution.  Saves a lot of money About 600.00 dollars,  I had the prototype projector modified, completed and working on all cylinders in three days.

It went to work, minutes after it was built and thoroughly tested with our SONY-SIGMA-EXT setup combo.   One of the first test slides of all the combinations of cameras lenses and mounts tried is shown. 

The clarity and definition of these supersize prints, was to demonstrate our building simple in many cases is better if you put into your product quality components,  more modern engineering, simplify the construction to keep costs down, and combining more modern optical and scientific advances you have a better slide trap.