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I MANUFACTURE MY OWN

S2D PRO SLIDE MACHINES

•  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 thirteen in school and seventeen in  College Journalism,  US services in War, 450 Weddings, Lots of Commercial, and covered Pro Sports, I ran a photography school. With the death of Kodak (and half the industry followed)  I felt we needed a better way to convert slides.  

•  I had a working knowledge being a lab owner as to what needed.  I was also a Kodachrome fan and had shot thousands of slides on just about every brand imaginable.  A fire one day convinced me that slides were not a good storage solution and storage of all that stuff and difficult to find specific shot... off to the shop.

•  I just updated my thinking, I am after all an inventor, looked at what the market had to offer,  which was cheap junk and overpriced promoted as commercial conversion gear.   What crap...

•  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 than an overpriced , over costed, over bullshitted cost justification commercial model.  

•  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.  


DIGITAL KILLED SLIDES AND WE FORMED OUR SERVICES
•  Then you can ditch the slides, or we will airtight air-void package them for you for posterity with silicon.
•  And we’ll even buy your old machine for parts.  Subject to my estimate, I would not consider rebuilding any I own to show slides as slides, I convert them or they go to the dumpster.

  1. There were two classes of design used.  The older ones are totally useless and when they stop, trash them. We know which models will upgrade and which won’t and will advise you.  Postage on these things is not cheap, packaging and weight are factors.

  2. Basically the outsides of all the machine might look the same. But the insides are not and Kodak had a bunch of add-ons that worked and some did not.  And those changes spanned 70 plus years.

  3. The remaining models that can be fixed, are still 30-40 plus years old and most have lied dormant in a bad environment.  If you don’t believe me, you should see the condition most of them are in when the get here. My dumpster complains to me on some days.

  4. So the remaining ones can be OK, or very worn, or 30% don’t work or on the edge of being too worn to go though a full day upgrade by an $85 and hour technician...me and I hate spending a day rebuilding one, about ten hours and then it don’t work.

  5. The parts and solutions for some models, are not available, the parts are not duplicatable, we have been down this route with 3D printers to replace the gummy bear gears that have turned to gum.  Biodegradable plastics can be degraded by microorganisms that type of plastic used in those days, the term is degaussing or molecular breakdown. 

  6. Those with model numbers  consisting of four digits might have some value for parts. But here is the rub, the same part that failed on one machine is the same part we are trying to fix on another. 

  7. Fixing one is a fools gambit and we totally rebuild those we decide to upgrade, removing about 50% of the innards not complimentary to the program we rebuild on computers to automate the process.

  8. Kodak is gone, dead, not there, no phone, as of two decades ago, the last service center closed in 2004.  A couple of scammer promise the moon, but claims to repair them, earn nice money ( Yours)  for something that won’t last a week after being fixed.

  9. Sorting was a pain you got to see the good the bad and the ugly, heat up the whole room blowing dust laden air all over the place, and when the bulb cracks going crazy trying to find an overpriced bulb.  And the ultimate insult when the solenoid or gearing goes, you have a useless piece of machinery.