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WolverineSNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter
 
4.3

(based on 92 reviews)

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    (44)

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    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good resolution (51)
  • Easy to set up (49)
  • Accurate color (33)
  • Fast (22)
  • Good bit depth (18)

Cons

  • Inaccurate color (4)
  • Low resolution (4)
  • Poor bit depth (4)
  • Slow (4)
  • Attracts dust (3)

Best Uses

  • Photos and graphics (44)
  • Digital printing (6)
  • Artwork (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (44), Frequent user (30), Great graphics (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (69), Business (8)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (60), Mac (19)

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AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT

First of all, I have 40 plus years of semi-pro photography work experience. I also have a degree in Computers. I have years of experience in building Computers and servicing them. Several years...Read complete review

First of all, I have 40 plus years of semi-pro photography work experience. I also have a degree in Computers. I have years of experience in building Computers and servicing them. Several years of programming various software platforms including Adobe Products.
I have used this scanner for all of the intended purposes. I find it to be an excellent and well designed item. The camera used in this unit is manufactured by a company (Zoran Corporation) that makes high end items. It states that it is a 14 MP camera in the unit. I have confirmed that it is indeed a 14 MP Plus camera. Some reviews have stated that it is 1 or 2 MP which demonstrates a lack of the proper software on their system, or a lack of knowledge of how to ascertain the MP setting of the conversions from the scanner. All scans vary from 13 to 14 plus MP snapshots. I would suggest, that if the unit you receive appears to not produce high quality snapshots, or out of focus snapshots, that you request an RMA for that system. Occasionally, things go wrong in the manufacturing process and a unit is shipped that does not work properly. The first unit I received had an intermittent light source when in the photo position. I was up against a deadline to scan hundreds of slides and photos for an album. This album was for a family reunion that was only a couple of weeks away. B&H Photo & Video sent me an RMA within hours after my request. I went online and ordered another unit with expedited shipping and a credit was received within days of my returned defective item being received. Their Customer Service department was one of the best I have ever worked with. This unit produces a very good snapshot of the items presented to it. It works very well for all size of photos, 35 MM slides and Color and B&W film strips. All snapshots are of good quality under some extreme and varying contrasts and color shifts. The snapshots are easily adjusted with software such as Picasa-3 by Google which is free or FastStone Image Viewer which is also free. FastStone is software that is one of my favorites and rivals Adobe Photoshop in its ability to manipulate photos. Another contender is Serif PhotoPlus SE Pro that you must purchase. It is much less than Adobe products and in my opinion is better software and easier to use. I have all of these products and use them daily.
Here are a few things to take into consideration when viewing your scans (snapshots) on your computer. I have 3 monitors on my system which includes one AOC HD 24 inch monitor that is less than a year old. I have a second and less costly 23.5 inch Acer monitor just over a year old and I also drive a 36 inch HDMI HD TV with my computer. The video card has lots of horsepower to drive all of these items. As I view my scans (snapshots) on each device I find a huge difference in sharpness hue, and saturation of the colors. All items are calibrated with the exception of the HDMI TV. Both monitors are well over $300 each and have fantastic specs. The thing that I wish to point out here is that your monitor can cause you slides to look completely off color and vary in contrast from monitor to monitor. The HD TV appears to be the best for viewing items although I do not run it for that purpose often.

I have a neighbor that purchased the same scanner from another source. He came over yesterday complaining that his scans were awful. He assured me that his slides were perfect and in sharp focus. That the scanner was doing a horrible job of conversion. I requested that he bring some over and let me view them on my viewer. It is a very good viewer with corrected white light, variable focus, and a ground glass viewing plate. When we viewed his perfect slides, about 50 percent of them had motion blur. The slides taken indoors used florescent lighting for a light source. In all honesty, they were a mess and the scans (snapshots) taken with the Wolverine 14 MP scanner simply reflected the poor quality of the slides. These slides were also 40-50 years old and age can cause color shift. Where and how your slides have been stored makes a big difference. Keeping them in a box in your garage at a summer temperature of 95 degrees is not a good storage method. Exposure to heat and bright light can cause problems that the scanner simply duplicates.
If you expect this scanner to do the job that a Pro Shop does you will be disappointed. Those scanners are thousands of dollars and correction software is included. With this scanner, you may need to use software to increase contrast, color intensity, and other aspects of your scans. I have made an album that includes 300 slides, 97 color and b&w photos. I also have made 100 prints from color and b&w film strips with the Wolverine 14 MP scanner. About 30 % required adjustments with software to make them acceptable. The scanner is very fast and extremely easy to use. As a semi-pro Photographer, I like my work to be of very good quality. I am very impresses with this scanner and its results that I obtained and would recommend it to everyone.
Here are items you must have for good results from the scanner.
1. Good quality prints, slides, or film strips
2. Cleaning cloths made for cameras and lenses. I order these in bulk 100 at a time. They are very soft and made of a material that will not cause static on the item being cleaned. This is very important as some soft rags that you have in you closet may create static on the film or the scanner surfaces. This will attract lint to the surface like a magnet. Especially the scanners surface where you place photos. It is plastic so be very careful of what you use.
3. Use lens cleaning solution for and surfaces of the film, scanner, and other areas. Window cleaning products can cause extreme problems and leave streaks or gooooo
4. Purchase several cans of canned air with a straw. This is a must have item to gently blow of dust just before placing items in the scanner. Great to clean the surface of the photo section of the scanner.
5. Purchase a lens brush (generally made of sable) Some great ones can be found in the ladies department in cosmetics. They are used to place blush or blend on their face. I stole my wife's expensive sable ½ inch brush
6. Use gloves that are designed to handle film. Generally they are a soft lint free cotton glove purchased from Photographic suppliers such as B&H Photo
7. Make sure you choose an area away from open windows. The gentle breeze that feels so good is also carrying dust particles that are attracted to film surfaces.
8. View them with a viewer before you scan them if possible. There may already be nasty fingerprints and dirt and dust on your items that require special attention before scanning.
9. Use canned air to blow them off before you scan them. Do not use your home compressor with a blow gun because the pressure is generally to high and the air contains water from the compressor and oil particles that can ruin you slides and film.

Included content:
1. Photo of scanned item (reduced because of size limitations) This is an untouched (as scanned ) photo of a 60 year old 5x7 photo that was placed in the album for the reunion. All scans were of similar quality with some needing adjustments to contrast or color rendition
2. Photo of EXIF info

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Like device, but quality is unacceptable

The workflow couldn't be better: Fast and comfortable. Open cover, put photo onto the device, two clicks, done. Great! I LIKE IT!

That said - the quality from...Read complete review

The workflow couldn't be better: Fast and comfortable. Open cover, put photo onto the device, two clicks, done. Great! I LIKE IT!

That said - the quality from (at least from my device) felt like 1MP resolution. After digitizing ~20 photos I was stunned of the low quality. So I experimented with small text, using 4x6 cropping. The result: The center 30% circle was sharp and from there on it was degrading rapidly (radial) towards the outer 20% - where it was so blurred that it was unreadable. Really - Why didn't they put a better lens into the device?

I also tried negatives. The sharpness there seemed better, but the colors were so far off that trees were not green and the ocean was not blue. There was a small calibration tool build in - but I find it hard to believe that the default colors couldn't be a bit more accurate then that.

After my experimenting the first 20 images suddenly disappeared from the SD card - which was odd since I didn't delete there anything.

As much as I like the device's simplicity, the quality of the outcome is unusable for my need since using a simple setup with a cheap point and shoot camera can do a much better job. As such I will return it. What a shame - I really liked the device itself.

My verdict:
If you want to digitize paper photos and you think that 1-2mp resolution is good enough for your workflow you should get it! If you expect a better quality - better not.

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4.0

SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter by W

By Bart

from Arkansas

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Color
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Excellent Software
  • Good Bit Depth
  • Good Resolution

Cons

  • Slow

Best Uses

  • Pictures Fair
  • Slides And Negative

Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

I used the converter to transfer 40 year old negatives and slides. Take your time. It is slow but you are not purchasing a mass production converter. They come out looking like old pictures, which is exactly what you are copying. The slide holder occasionally pops out of place.Best part is I get to view old pictures that otherwise would never be seen again and file them digitaly.

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  • Personal
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  • PC

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5.0

Preserving family history

By The Family Archivist

from Connecticut

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use
  • Good Resolution

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photos and Graphics

    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

    We are digitizing hundreds of 35mm slides from the 60s and 70s. This product is really easy to use, and the quality is just fine for our purposes of being able to capture and share with friends and family so many wonderful childhood memories. I had looked into having this professionally done, and the cost was prohibitive - this is an easy, fun and affordable way to digitize images. Next I plan to do the same with prints from the 70s and 80s!

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    • Personal
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    • Mac

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    4.0

    Quick and easy

    By Wyld01

    from Brisbane, Australia

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Color
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Resolution
    • Quick

    Cons

    • Tedious Colour Correction

    Best Uses

    • Photos and Graphics

    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

    I am digitising some old slides which are a bit faded. The machine produces images very quickly. The image can be improved on the machine though the screen is rather small and the process is a rather tedious. Easier to adjust the images with computer software. Very easy to set up - just plug it in. I am very happy with the product and would recommend it.

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    • Personal
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    • Mac

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    5.0

    Easy to use!

    By Afranp

    from Colorado

    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

    I have over 1,000 family slides to convert and I'm just getting started. The scanner works well and is easy to use. I haven't tried to make any adjustments to images. I'll do that on my computer later. It's important to make sure the slide holder is snapped securely shut so it will go through the slot. If it's not going easily don't force it. Pull it out and check the holder. It would have been nice to be able to get extra slide holders through B&H but I was able to order them through @.

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    5.0

    Excellent product

    By camerabuff

    from Oregon

    About Me Casual User

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    Pros

    • Accurate Color
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Excellent Software
    • Good Bit Depth
    • Good Resolution

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

        I opted for the SNaP 14 because of the photo scan feature. I scanned all 3 types of media: slides, negatives and photos. Negatives are really difficult because they do not exactly match the plastic scan tray openings. Photos are much easier.

        The user who posted a lengthy set of directions on the successful use of this device is to be highly commended.

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        • Personal
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        • PC

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        4.0

        Excellent product

        By HoughRV

        from Lorton, VA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Color
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Resolution

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

          I scanned over 800 35mm Slides taken from 1958-88. Very simple to use.

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          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Excellent product

          By Gracie

          from Phx az

          Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

          Keeping old family pictures safe. Worth every penny. Easy to use.

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          2.0

          Not the quaility I thought

          By jon

          from nh

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Poor Resolution

          Best Uses

            Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

            I read comments that put quality high on their expectations but I didn't find that to be the case. I really wanted a scanner to preserve old family slides, I found I got a better result by taking photos of a projection of the image, I want a better scanner than that.

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            • Personal
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            • PC

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            5.0

            Works well.

            By Ron

            from Longmont, CO

            About Me Casual User

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            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Resolution

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                I use the scanner for both slides and photos. It is easy to use and much faster than a flatbed scanner. I have not used the color correction feature since I have Photoshop and with it the color corrections are immediately apparent on the computer monitor. With this scanner it is a trial and error process since you have to switch back and forth between the slide and the color adjustment screen. I have hundreds of slides and photos and this unit is a fast and easy way to scan them into the computer.

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                • Personal
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                • PC

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                5.0

                B & H Tops in Integrity

                By Bob

                from Port Ludlow, WA 98365

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult Setup
                  • Inaccurate Color
                  • Poor Bit Depth
                  • Poor Resolution
                  • Poor Software
                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                    This SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter by Wolverine is the worst piece of junk that I've encountered in my experience with electronics, ordeed online.I accecpt that the error was mine in not paying attention to the specifications and the negative reviews that are available online.I will continue to do business with B & H but the Wolverine goes straight into the trash can !Robert ......

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                    • Personal
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                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    SNAP14

                    By CRF

                    from Pasadena , Tx

                    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                    Great photo and negative converter, simple to use, great saved image.

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                    4.0

                    Worth the purchase

                    By SDG

                    from Douglas WY

                    About Me Casual User

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Color
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Bit Depth
                    • Good Resolution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                      Very simple to use, pulled it out of the box and was able to immediately get to work. Tried to find additional slide trays and was unable to (discontinued?). Somewhat time consuming only being able to do one tray at a time, but the reality is that you wouldn't have time to load additional trays because it really is fairly quick.

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                      • Personal
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                      • PC

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                      3.0

                      Good enough I guess

                      By T-Rex

                      from Bend, OR

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Difficult Setup
                      • No Digital Dust Removal
                      • No Dustscratch Removal

                      Best Uses

                      • Scanning photos

                      Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                      It took me a few tries and a few accidental deletes until I figured out how to use it. For needing to scan a lot of slides and ones that had been sitting in storage, this just did not do it for me. I kept seeing the name Wolverine in my search for a scanner and the 14 MP sounded good and it was pretty fast..however I am needing something with dust/scratch removal as I think most people out there are. You're taking the time to scan a ton of slides, now you have to take the time either before or after to make sure there is no dust...no thank you, plus some of my photos ended up with a bar because they weren't centered properly in the slide holder... Returned and will be investing in something with dust/scratch removal. For a few slides that you can make sure have no dust it was really fast.

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                      • Personal
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                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Mostly good

                      By Bill

                      from Painted Rocks, IA

                      About Me Frequent User

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Excellent Software
                      • Good Bit Depth
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Difficult Setup

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                      Excellent reproduction of my 60 year collection. Rapid conversion of photos. Slides and negatives convert quickly. Negative tray could be easier to load. My only real complaint is that the exit in the left side does not align with the slide trays and requires jiggling each time to get past the second frame/slide. This certainly detracts from the ease of use and is why I did not give the product five stars.

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                      • Personal
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                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      SNAP14MP is FAST

                      By GH Bickley

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Bit Depth
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                        I have a mountain of old photos and slides to turn digital. This device takes about 3 seconds per image. It flies. The images are high resolution images that are a slightly contrasty version of the originals. Among scanners, this is a great offering.
                        Construction is plastic exterior...not particularly solid feeling...but adequate.

                        I wish it had a manual crop feature...

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                        • Mac

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                        3.0

                        It takes an additional step

                        By NA

                        from Hobe Sound, Florida

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Color
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                        • Poor Software

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                        I started using this product the night it arrived in the mail. I had read the instructions, but am wondering if I am doing something wrong. It seems to take an additional step after scanning the picture before they can then be downloaded onto my computer. I had expected that I would be able to set the system up so that I could scan directly into my computer file, but instead it requires scanning individual photos, up to 7 in my case (3"x5" photos), and then when the internal memory if full and won't accept anymore photos I download them onto my computer drive. This is a bit of a pain, but the quality of the images looks pretty good. I suspect that wouldn't be the case with competitors models.

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                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        I was surprised

                        By PapaDon

                        from Oklahoma City

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Color
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Excellent Software
                        • Good Bit Depth
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                            Before I purchased the SNAP14 I read the reviews and some of them were pretty negative. At one time I was in the photography business and learned that people will complain about things that perform well.
                            I bought one and could not be more pleased with the purchase. First of all, Great Price!!! and then to top that Free Shipping!!!
                            I had slides dating back to 1948. I did not want to write a review until I had converted them all. I finished this morning.
                            This machine will copy a good slide and make a good digital image. It will not turn a poor slide into a great digital image but you do have exposure and color controls so a warm (red) slide can be improved by decreasing the red and increasing the blue.
                            I also noticed that over these many years that the Ektachrome (single layer)slides faded the worst. Next was Perutz.
                            The ones that held up best was Anscochrome and the very best was Kodachrome. The 1948 slides were Kodachrome and they looked new. The Pros I show apply both to the good and poor slides. This converter does try to compensate for poor exposure. You can watch the screen and see it.

                            If you have slides you want to convert, then buy this converter and get started. By the way, ignore the negative reviews.

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                            4.0

                            It seems to get the job done

                            By Ken

                            from VA

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                  Easy part first, to date I have not been dissapointed by anything related to B&H. Please keep doing what you do.1st impression, right out of the box it was pretty much plug-and-play. I'm getting started digitalizing my dad's slide collection. I am a photo geek and so am sensitive to some of the finer points. I haven't fooled with negatives nor prints. This thing seems to do a pretty good job. I haven't had a chance yet to compare my files projected on a screen versus my dad's slides projected on a screen but hope to do so soon. They look good so far. I'm not particularly interested in editing through this machine.Ease of use? Pretty good. The hard part was making sure I got Dad's slides back into his carousel in the right orientation. Load four slides into the carrier, give them a dust off, push them through the slot. Hit a button four times as they pass by and you center them. Lather, rinse, repeat. "Scans" are nearly instant which is nice. Hint: For slides taken with the camera on edge, process them horizontally then rotate them later with basic photo software.

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                                  5.0

                                  Well worth the money

                                  By Bob 1946

                                  from Goshen Indiana

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Color
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Excellent Software
                                  • Good Bit Depth
                                  • Good Resolution

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photos and Graphics

                                    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                    First of all, it a $ scanner, so I was not expecting anything more that a basic scanner.I was a breeze to set up and start using. I did read the manual beforehand which is always helpful. As others have said, the viewing screen a too small. remember however, for the money your getting a nice little screen that works. The slide tray and the film trays are a little flimsy and they tend to hang up a little when pushed through the scanner. if you want stainless steel trays, positive tray stops, and roller bearing smooth operation----You need to suck it up and spend a lot more money. The quality of the digital scans are very good and once you get a rhythm going you can easily scan over 150 slides an hour. A memory card is inexpensive and you will be able to keep working without having to stop after every 8 slides to transfer the images to a PC. I am happy with the product

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                                    4.0

                                    Easy to use

                                    By two easels

                                    from Santa Fe, NM

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                    • Inaccurate Color

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artwork
                                    • Photos and Graphics

                                    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                    I'm an artist who uses images to compose my paintings. I have tons of slides sitting in trays. I found the Wolverine to be easy to set up. I am a little disappointed in the accuracy of the color, but with photo imaging software on my PC I will be able to deal with that problem. I have not tried the photo scanner part as yet.

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