I Manufacture My Own


•  I have been in the photographic industry most of my life, as a lab-retail store owner, and a shooter.  I worked since I’m thirteen in school and seventeen in College Journalism,  US services in War, 450 Weddings, Lots of Commercial, and covered Pro Sports, I ran a photography school. With the death of Kodak (and half the industry followed)  I felt we needed a better way to convert slides.  

•  I had a working knowledge being a lab owner as to what needed.  I was also a Kodachrome fan and had shot thousands of slides on just about every brand imaginable.  A fire one day convinced me that slides were not a good storage solution and storage of all that stuff and difficult to find specific shot... off to the shop.

•  I just updated my thinking, I am after all an inventor, looked at what the market had to offer,  which was cheap junk and overpriced promoted as commercial conversion gear.   What crap...

•  I had a working prototype in three days, a model with the quality of a machine that could cost double from the competition and better resolution and performance than an overpriced, over costed, over bullshitted cost justification commercial model.  

•  The clarity and definition of these supersize prints, was to demonstrate our building simple in many cases is better if you put into your product quality components,  more modern engineering, simplify the construction to keep costs down, and combining more modern optical and scientific advances you have a better slide trap.  

Digital Killed Slides —  Our Services  Save Those Precious Images
We will convert your slides in to digital Imaging suitable on phones and TV’s.  Then your call, if they were bad and needed rebuilding the color of the slide they are useless and can be pitched.  It amazing when someone brings in ten carousels and leaves with a thumb drive or a DVD of the images in his pocket.  Nine times out of ten I get told to ditch the Carousel trays and the projector.   Currently not buying old machines.  I do not consider repairing any.  I convert them, only if a certain model for our use or they go to the dumpster.

The Kodak Carousel Criteria:  
There were two classes of Carousel,  basically in the middle of their production run from the 60’s the change took place.  The older ones are totally useless and when they stop, we trash them.  They are not repairable or upgradeable.  We know which models will upgrade and which won’t.  

The postage will kill you because of the weight and size and the need for insulation and thats if it works. Most don’t anymore.  Best way shoot some good cellphones and send me the pics or call me.

Basically the outsides of all the machine might look the same. But the insides are not and Kodak had a bunch of add-ons that worked and some did not.  And those changes spanned 70 plus years.  The remaining models that can be fixed, are still 30-40 plus years old and most have lied dormant in a bad environment. 

So the remaining ones can be either OK, or very worn, or 30% don’t work. I hate spending a day rebuilding one, about ten hours and then it don’t work.  Its one of those things that you rebuild and redesign and you hope the stuff you can’t change still works.  

A retired Kodak employee who worked as a tech told me when they were built they were designed to last the warrantee period as a minimum and after that you were on your own, then they needed service. If not later on they died, It was a pain in the ass to set it up and use it.

The parts and solutions for all models, are not available, the parts are not duplicatable, we have been down this route with 3D printers to replace the gummy bear gears that have turned to gum.  Biodegradable plastics can be degraded by microorganisms that type of plastic used in those days, the term is degaussing or molecular breakdown. 

Those with model numbers  consisting of four digits might be savable.  But here is the rub, the same part that failed on one machine is the same part we are trying to fix on another.   

Kodak is gone, dead, not there, no phone, as of two decades ago, the last service center closed in 2004.  A couple of scammers promise the moon, but claims to repair them, earn nice money ( Yours)  for something that won’t last a week after being fixed.