Q&A: Scanning slides

Q I have just inherited a lot of photographs, including many 35 mm slides, which I want to scan into my Mac. Would a dedicated slide scanner be best?

A The scanner market has been in decline for years, and there are few interested in scanning transparencies any more.

Sadly the wonderful old high-quality scanners from Nikon and Canon are only available secondhand, and can be hard to get working under recent versions of OS X. Cheaper imports lack their quality, and can be let down by lack of drivers. Your best option is to get a current flatbed scanner with slide adaptors: something like the Epson V600 or its siblings should prove excellent for both slides and prints.

Updated from the original, which was first published in MacUser volume 30 issue 9, 2014.