Waaaaay OT, sorry.
dave.list at pixelhammer.com
Tue Nov 29 13:42:48 GMT 2005
Gary Kline wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2005 at 10:15:06PM -0800, Vizion wrote:
>>On Monday 28 November 2005 22:05, the author Gary Kline contributed to the
>> Waaaaay OT, sorry.:
>>> This is one of my more obscure questions and involves scanning
>>> not paper but something they used to store books, magazines,
>>> and newspapers--before the computer age. It is called a
>>> microfiche (or fiche). A friend got a copy of a rare
>>> out-of-print, not-for-sale book on microfiche. We're looking
>>> for some means of scanning this film into a scanner with
>>> OCR. So far, he has tried a camera with 8G memory. No joy,
>>> the scanner sees garbage. Anybody out there ever have anything
>>> like this prob? The book is from 1913 so it is well in the
>>> public domain. I've already written Google; zero response.
>>> I want to get this book up on my site, fully HTML it so that
>>> everybody has the opportunity to ready it ... .
>>> thanks for any insights,
>>Its a long time since I have handled microfiche but my guess is you will need
>>to mount your camera onto a microfiche reader or a microscope. The
>>resolution of a microfiche image is really high - far higher than the camera
>>you are using so I think you may need something to enlarge the image for you
>>my two pennorth
> Microscope; that never cross my mind. I think my pal took stuff
> to the main library one night and tried capturing the data from
> the reader. Not very successful; I don't know the details.
> (We are around 1200 miles apart.) Any ballpark SWAG what power
> lens might work here? I only touched m'fiche one time ever, so
> have no idea. Money is an issue since there are 400+ pages.
Have you given any thought to using an overhead projector? Possibly a
slide projector? Depends on the fiche size I'd think, but you could then
make an image on a wall/screen that could be photographed.
Also, I remember using my fathers extension tubes on his old Cannon to
copy slides and photograph postage stamps. It was amazing the clarity I
got. A small stamp could fill a 35mm frame.
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