Except for kids born since the start of this century, most people still have some treasured family memories stored away on old film. While it's true that hard copies of memories feel more concrete, they are vulnerable to age and damage unlike digital images. If you want to preserve these important moments in your life for future generations, then you should really convert them into a digital format that can be duplicated and restored.

For those of you who have hundreds or even thousands of slides taking up space in your closets, attic, or basement, then you will want to get a 35mm slide converter to transfer all your old slides to a digital format. There are many different types of slide converters ranging from inexpensive models that cost less than $100 to higher end machines that automatically load and scan but cost hundreds of dollars. Some machines are able to capture different sizes of slides, film, and negatives while others will be built especially for 35mm slides or 4x5 slides. It's important to know what type of scanner you're looking to get the right model for your conversion needs.

Some popular brands for slide scanners are Konica Minolta, HP, ION, and Canon. These companies make film converters that range from simple point and shoot models for home users to auto load and feed models for professional slide scanners. Most slide scanners will have built in software that will correct color distortion, eliminate dust, and get rid of noise from debris.

The quality of the images will vary depending on price, but even the lower end models will suffice for backing up slides for home users. However, if you intend to use your photos and slides for digital image editing or publishing, then you should get a scanner with a high resolution capability.

One thing all these scanners have in common is the ability to quickly capture a slide image without too much fuss and intervention on your part. This is why having a dedicated semi automatic 35mm slide converter is so important. If you have more than just a few slides to scan, do not try to skimp on a few dollars and use your flatbed scanner. Flatbed scanners are not capable of scanning slides or negatives since they are transparent. Even though some flatbed scanners come with an attachment for scanning slides, the speed is incredibly slow and the quality is not as good as what you would get with a standalone 35mm slide scanner. Also keep in mind that most slide scanners are compact and mobile which means you can work even while you're away from your computer or home office.