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Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer

B&H # PASVA Mfr # FPA005
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Product Highlights
  • Auto Slide Changer
  • Lightweight

The Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer is a small, plastic, free-standing viewer for 2x2 slides. The unit holds 36 slides and features automatic slide change via a manually operated "slider" bar. This viewer operates on 2 "D" batteries (not included) or the optional Pana-Vue Transformer (AC adapter).

Viewing Size 2x2" (50x50mm)
Overall Size 6.5 x 5 x 6.25" (165 x 127 x 159mm)
Lamp Type Replacement bulb: #245 bulb
Number of Lamps One
Lamp Life Not Specified by Manufacturer
Carry Handle Not Applicable
Tilt Bar Not Applicable
Wall Mountable Not Applicable
Construction Plastic
Color Gray
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Source Two "D" batteries (not included) or the optional Pana-Vue Transformer (AC adapter)
Voltage 120V

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Pana-Vue6566 Automatic Slide Viewer
 
3.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Good focus (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Great picture quality (5)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (7)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (13), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

6566 Automatic Slide Viewer

This viewer worked very nicely for sorting through a large bunch of old 3mm slides from an estate of a deceased relative. The bulb burned out after several hours of use.

This viewer worked very nicely for sorting through a large bunch of old 3mm slides from an estate of a deceased relative. The bulb burned out after several hours of use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good viewer for the money

Able to look at slides quickly. The auto feeder, which works by hand, does jam occasionally. But overall, it gets the job done and is better than simply using a lightbox.

Able to look at slides quickly. The auto feeder, which works by hand, does jam occasionally. But overall, it gets the job done and is better than simply using a lightbox.

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4.0

Just What I Needed

By Butch

from Albuquerque

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image

Cons

  • Warped Slides Jam

Best Uses

  • Sorting Volume Slides

Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

I needed a slide viewer to sort through about 5000 historical slides. This, combined with the AC adapter, was a lifesaver. The only negative about the unit is that warped slides (of which there were many in the historical cardboard-mounted slides from the 1950s-60s) often get stuck in the viewer and require some effort to get them out. So be sure to try to straighten them before feeding them into the unit.

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5.0

Excellent unit!

By The Duke

from Baltimore, MD

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Brighter Image
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Secure

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

      I was able to review 40 years of accumulated slides and select the best ones for scanning to permanent digital cards.

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      4.0

      It works great

      By Mom Grammy

      from Lincroft , NJ

      About Me Casual User, Gran And Great Granmother

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

          I have eight years of old slides to go through so I can tell a story and put it on a disk and give each of my daughters a gift of rememberence . I have the old projector but cannot find the electric cord . The #6566 auto.slide viewer by Pana Vue will help these old eyes to complete a task that I have wanted to do for a long time . My husband who was an camera buff will be happy that his hard work will be preserved . He bought his camera stuff at your store on the westside of Manhattan . I didn't want to spend a lot of money for it . But it is a piece of camera equipement I am familiar with . Anna M. Wanamaker

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          1.0

          Huge disappointment

          By Al

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                Product claims to be automatic but I cannot see anything automatic about it. There's not even an on/off switch for the lamp. You plug it in the wall/unit to light it and unplug to shut it off. You're supposed to be able to load up to 36 slides in it and (by hand) push an old slide out and a new one into the light. My slides jam, don't move through, and I have to insert one at a time for best results. Absolutely not worth the money.

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                4.0

                Easy slide review with easysetup

                By Janoso

                from Modesto, Ca.

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Brighter Image
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                    The device can be used to select slides for presentationa without having to aet up screens and projectors. It has an adequate bright view and is easy to manipulate.
                    Replacement of batteries is difficult and I would not consider it usable WITHOUT THE TRANSFORMTER.

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                      4.0

                      Very useful

                      By Bill

                      from Knoxville, TN

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                          Helpful in deciding which slides to digitize

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                            4.0

                            You need this slide viewer

                            By Lovey

                            from Yakima Wa

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Brighter Image
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Good Padding
                            • Lightweight
                            • Secure

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                My husband and I are happy with this slide viewer. It is small and easy to store. It serves it's purpose well. Easy to use. We looked at 600 of our slides we have had for 50 years and got them ready to put on a DVD. This viewer helped us get the job done.

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                                1.0

                                Save your money

                                By Disappointed

                                from Colorado

                                About Me Casual User

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Set Up
                                  • No Image Improvement
                                  • Not Durable

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                    Very poor quality. Batteries and light bulb are difficult to change. Slide changer and slides hang up. Back side of lens gets very dusty and can't be accessed for cleaning. Causes a lot of eye strain.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Does a fairly good job

                                    By picker

                                    from Oak Ridge TN

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Simple cheap

                                    Cons

                                    • Occasional minor jams

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                      Got this because I have several thousand slides to view and don't want one of those viewers that you can only put in one slide at a time. I have a 15-year-old one of these that finally broke, but I didn't think they would still be on the market. Guess a good product stays in demand longer. If you have many slides I recommend the AC adaptor.

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                                      5.0

                                      Just What I Needed

                                      By Grampa Al

                                      from Cardiff, CA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                      I had a really old one which was "fried" and I was beginning to think I'd never find another. I'm sorting through thousands of slides taken over the past 40+ years and it has been my lifesaver (since I was trying to see them one by one). Now I can go through a whole stack of slides in a snap to make "culling" them much easier. The only problem I had was getting the assembly back together properly - but the first time only (now I know the trick). Thanks for saving me hours of work!

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Works great!

                                      By none

                                      from Chula Vista, CA

                                      About Me Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Brighter Image
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                          Bright large clear image, easy to use, couldn't be happier with our purchase.

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Works as expected

                                          By Tav

                                          from Los Angeles

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                              It is a great tool to get a quick look at slides. It takes very little time and does its job efficiently and effectively.

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                                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great GAF unit from the late 70's

                                              By Rich...

                                              from Mt. Holly NJ

                                              About Me Casual User

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Good Focus
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Sharp Picture

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home
                                                • Office

                                                Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                Yep that's right, it was first put out by GAF in the late 70's to early 80's. So for any one that says it's not durable, i've had this unit in use for 30 years. It's plastic so it's handled with some tlc. It's not used every day, but it is used. The only con to this unit is that it's not easy to remove dust from the inside, but i use a 6" cotten-tipped medical applicator that i "ask" my doctor for. I'm sure he finds a way to bill me.

                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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                                                4.0

                                                Good Product

                                                By Yoly

                                                from Union City NJ

                                                About Me Casual User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Good Focus
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Home

                                                  Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                  To view Slides from 1964 to 1970's
                                                  Slide looks bright and clear
                                                  Sometimes slide gets stuck when changing views.

                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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                                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  3.0

                                                  It's ok

                                                  By Don

                                                  from Vail, CO

                                                  About Me Casual User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Works most of the time

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Not Durable

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Home

                                                  Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                  There is not a lot of choices out there for an automatic slide viewer. This one does an acceptable job, but not without the occasional jam and or double feed.

                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  It fits the bill.

                                                  By green swamper

                                                  from Lakeland, Fl

                                                  About Me Casual User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Good Focus
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Sharp Picture

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Home
                                                    • Large Rooms
                                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                                    Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                    To check slides to print. I can monitor more than one slide.

                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • No

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                                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    4.0

                                                    6566 Automatic Slide Viewer

                                                    By Ozwort

                                                    from Seattle

                                                    About Me Casual User

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                                    • Good Focus
                                                    • Lightweight
                                                    • Powerful
                                                    • Sharp Picture

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Home
                                                      • Office

                                                      Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                      This viewer worked very nicely for sorting through a large bunch of old 3mm slides from an estate of a deceased relative. The bulb burned out after several hours of use.

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                                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Easy slide viewer

                                                      By Paul the moose lover

                                                      from Milford,PA

                                                      About Me Enthusiast

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                                      • Good Focus
                                                      • Lightweight
                                                      • Powerful
                                                      • Sharp Picture

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Home

                                                        Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                        I use this product to preview slides before I send them out for prints

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                                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                         
                                                        3.0

                                                        good viewer for the money

                                                        By Jon

                                                        from SF Bay Area

                                                        About Me Power User

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                                        • Good Focus
                                                        • Lightweight
                                                        • Sharp Picture

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Feeder jams occasionally

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Home
                                                        • Office

                                                        Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                        Able to look at slides quickly. The auto feeder, which works by hand, does jam occasionally. But overall, it gets the job done and is better than simply using a lightbox.

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                                                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                                         
                                                        3.0

                                                        pana-vue 6566

                                                        By Well traveled

                                                        from Quebec, Canada

                                                        About Me Traveler

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Use

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Breaks Easily

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • General Purpose

                                                        Comments about Pana-Vue 6566 Automatic Slide Viewer:

                                                        size of screen too small. Difficult to change lightbulb without breaking anything. Flimsy.

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                                                        Relamp Kit

                                                        Pana-Vue -  Lamp - for Pana-Vue Viewers
                                                        • You Pay: $2.95
                                                         

                                                        Batteries

                                                        2

                                                        PACK

                                                        Duracell D 1.5V Alkaline Coppertop Battery (2 Pack)
                                                        Duracell -  D 1.5V Alkaline Coppertop Battery (2 Pack)
                                                        • You Pay: $3.98
                                                         

                                                        Power Supplies

                                                        Pana-Vue -  Transformer for Pana-Vue Viewers
                                                        • You Pay: $12.95
                                                         

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