At DiskBank, we digitise all kinds of media, from photos to tapes, to films, to audio. There are lots of different brands and sizes of each format that we transfer, and sometimes it can be difficult for our customers to determine which brand or size they have. Slides can be particularly tricky as there are many different types and they look quite similar.

What are slides/negatives?

Slides used to be a very common image medium, long before digital cameras and phone cameras became popularised. The first known version of slides is the Hyalotype in 1850, a glass side that contained a positive photographic image copied from a negative. This was the first-time photographic images could be projected. In 1935, Kodak’s three-color process, Kodachrome came out and only one year later it’s 35mm slide was invented. The 35mm slide is currently the most commonly used slide. Most of the photo scanning we do at DiskBank are with 35mm slides. Other than the 35mm slide, there are plenty of other less common slides you may have at home. Other types of slides may include half frame 35mm slide, 126 slide, 127 super slide, 120 slide and 110 slide.

Different Types of Slides

126 Slide
The 126 slides are a perfect square unlike most other slides. The 126 slide is similar to the 35mm slide except in size. This slide got its name for its intended 26mm square image, although the dimensions of the image are actually 28x28mm. Their size is 28mm x 28mm. When Kodak first released the 126 slides, they were in plastic frames instead of the cardboard frames that 35mm slides were produced in.

127 Slide
A 127 super slide is 48mm wide, putting it between the 35mm and 120 medium formats in size. This format was introduced by Kodak in 1912 to go along with their folding vest pocket camera, one of the most portable cameras on the market at the time.

120 Side
The 120 slide, commonly known as Ektachrome, is a format was introduced by Kodak in 1901 for the release of their Brownie No. 2 camera. 120 film is one of the only remaining medium formats available for photographers to use today.

Half Frame 35 mm Slide
The half frame 35mm slide is noticeably smaller in size compared to the regular 35mm slide, its measurements are 18mm x 24mm. Like the name suggests, this slide is nearly half of the standard slide size. The transparency is just a small rectangle in the middle.

How DiskBank can help?

DiskBank offers many different services regarding slides, negative and photo scanning. For our negatives and slide scanning, we offer 1000dpi, 2000dpi and 4000dpi depending on your budget and the occasion. With all slides, negative and photo scanning, DiskBank includes:
• Inspection and sorting of your slides / negatives
• Where necessary removal of dust, grime and mildew
• Hi-resolution scanning with professional equipment (up to 4,000 dpi)
• TIFF or JPEG files
• Manual cropping and rotation
• Manual colour and exposure correction
• Enhancement with powerful digital processing technology
• Digital dust removal Manual restoration (Photoshopping) of scratches and damage from mould is available at an additional cost

Ready to relive those memories that have been hiding on your old slides? Bring them in to DiskBank! We’ve got the best slide scanning equipment to make all of your slides look great. If you are unsure of the type of slide you have, feel free to give DiskBank a call at (08) 9388 0800, or come and chat to us in person at 4/73 Troy Terrace, Jolimont WA 6014.