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WolverineSNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter
 
4.3

(based on 76 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (40)
  • Good resolution (40)
  • Accurate color (26)
  • Fast (20)
  • Good bit depth (13)

Cons

  • Attracts dust (3)
  • Inaccurate color (3)
  • Poor bit depth (3)

Best Uses

  • Photos and graphics (37)
  • Digital printing (6)
  • Artwork (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (35), Frequent user (26), Great graphics (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (57), Business (8)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (52), Mac (14)

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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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5.0

I was surprised

By PapaDon

from Oklahoma City

About Me Frequent User

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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      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      It seems to get the job done

      By Ken

      from VA

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

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        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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            • Personal
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            • PC

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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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              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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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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              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Simplicity is the wolverine

              By Brian

              from Waterloo Iowa

              Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

              Great service from B&H. Needed helpful tip from sales in selection of photo scanner and the agent got us the easy to use converter. My parents are able to load slides, negatives, and photos. The images look great. Simple to use. Thanks.

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              1.0

              SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter

              By Moto Photo

              from Shawnee, Ks.

              About Me Casual User

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Inaccurate Color
                • Poor Bit Depth
                • Poor Resolution

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                  I was hopeful this would do a good job saving slides to digital, but was disappointed with the results. I applied for a return after using it 15 minutes. I was very impressed with B&H's return policy. Thank you for great service.

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                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By John

                  from Whiteland, Indiana

                  Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                  I ordered this unit to convert a few boxes of slides left to the family by my late Aunt. It works exactly as advertised. The conversion might be a little quicker than advertised. The digital resolution is great in the converted product. Overall I can find nothing negative to say about this product. As an added bonus, B&H's service was great too! Received the product on schedule with no problems

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                  4.0

                  easy to use!

                  By Gertrie

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                  it was so easy to set up and get started, my only complaint is that the slide carrier keeps coming apart so i need to stop and put it back together over and over again, but other than that it is very easy to use and i am having great fun scanning lots of slides, it's very fast once you get going!

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Product

                  By Tess

                  from Worthington, OH

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                      The SNAP14 has been very easy to understand and use. My husband and I have been converting slides (from the late 1960's/early 1970's) and negatives (late 1980's so far)and have found the process to be quick. I also like the fact that it doesn't weigh very much--makes it very easy to move around.For me, the only hindrance is my very basic knowledge of digital photography, color balance and the technical aspects of computers (good thing my dad who makes this stuff his full-time hobby is nearby!).The screen is a bit small--need to hook the converter up to the computer to see if that helps in adjusting the color balance.

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                      • Personal
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                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      great product

                      By riley

                      from Virginia Beach, Va

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                      Great Product, easy to use. Only thing was it did not scan medium format negatives.

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                      5.0

                      easy to use

                      By bob

                      from allentown,pa

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                          I did about 200 slides in a couple of hours. Should have ordered more slide holders and the job would have been faster

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Easier than I expected

                          By Linda Files Pictures

                          from St. Paul, MN

                          About Me Frequent User

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                          Pros

                          • Accurate Color
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photos and Graphics

                            Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                            I expected it to take considerable time to set up and learn to use the SNAP 14. I was wrong. I had it connected to my laptop and I was converting photos and slides within minutes. I was also impressed with the quality of the conversions. If I could change one thing, I'd make the internal memory bigger so that I didn't have to stop converting to transfer images to my laptop after only a few pictures--usually about seven images.

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                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            14 MP Digital Image Converter

                            By Reg

                            from Chino Hills, Ca

                            Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                            Copied and scanned old negatives and pictures, came out fantastic and archived them in a safe.

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                            4.0

                            Very good for the price asked!

                            By Mario

                            from Laval (Québec) Canada

                            About Me Casual User

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Good Resolution

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photos and Graphics

                              Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                              You like to archive your photo?
                              It's fast and easy to keep your photos for the long time and put your lots and lots of photos and negatives boxes in the garbage to make more space in your wardrobe!

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                              • Personal
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                              • PC

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                              4.0

                              Appears to be all I had hoped for

                              By Jim can't wait to scan 300 slides

                              from Orlando, Fl

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • No Instructions On Ev Use

                              Best Uses

                              • Photos and Graphics

                              Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                              I just got my Wolverine SNaP 14. A friend of mine owns one and raved about it - he did 300 slides during a football game! I've not had much of a chance to "push" it, but what I've done, I'm quite please with.

                              My friend is able to remove the "orange" from pictures. I haven't figured that out yet. There are sliding scales for three colors of correction (exposure value/brightness). But I have NO idea what they really mean. It would be helpful to have basic instructions on how to restore color on old pictures: if your picture is orange, start by setting the the adjustment this way (e.g., two the left on red, one to the right on blue and green at 0). If it is blue, set the adjustment this way. I have NO IDEA how to do the color adjustment thing. And there are 9x9x9 possibilities on the scales. A little insert by B&H would help immensely.

                              I scanned pictures. A snap! I mean like click two buttons and it is done. It takes longer to put the picture on the glass than it does to copy the picture. Can't wait to do my 3000 slides.

                              I've already recommended it to all my friends with slides.

                              So far, loving it!

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                              • Personal
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                              • PC

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                              4.0

                              Good Quality for the Money

                              By Matt

                              from Detroit, MI

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photos and Graphics

                                Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                There is an issue with some dust in the scanner, but a little compressed air fixes that.

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                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Excellent product

                                By mollye

                                from thalia texas

                                About Me Casual User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Resolution

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                    I am very pleased with this converter. I am using it to convert both pictures and negatives and it works very well.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    Converting slides to digital files

                                    By DiverDen

                                    from Wappingers Falls NY

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Color
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photos and Graphics

                                      Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                      This is a great way to convert all those slides taking up room in the attic and store them on your computer or external hard drive. The preview window is a great way to determine if you want to preserve the photo. It does take some time as you can only process 4 slides at a time but once you preview each slide the conversion process is very fast. Great product..

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                                      • Personal
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                                      • PC

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                                      4.0

                                      Would recommend it to others

                                      By Snowed in

                                      from Detroit, MI

                                      About Me Casual User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Adjustable Color
                                      • Accurate Color
                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Negative Graphics
                                        • Slide Graphics

                                        Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                        Simple and fast
                                        Negative and slide digital quality is very good
                                        Picture scanner digitatized quality not so great. Picture scanner has a plastic window pane that easily gets scratched. It also is prone to static so dust particles are difficult to remove w/o a static free cloth.
                                        Doesn't have connection directly to the computer.

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                                        • Personal
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                                        • PC

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                                        3.0

                                        Busy Converting

                                        By Grandma

                                        from TX

                                        Comments about Wolverine SNAP14 14MP Digital Image Converter:

                                        The wolverine device has been easy to use as I convert our old slides from Vietnam, Europe and Korea to digital form so we can share them with our children and grandchildren.

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