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35mm unmounted slides

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Unmounted 35mm photographic slides made from your digital files. Choose these if you prefer to mount slides yourself in your own mounts or have a specialised application.

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By default your images are recorded as supplied but you do have the option of asking us to crop to fill the frame – more details can be found on the 'Cropping images' tab below.

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Description

These unmounted 35mm Fujichrome colour slides are suitable for those who prefer to mount their own slides or have applications where slide mounts aren’t needed.

Particular applications might be stereoscopy, use in art projects or use in specialised projection systems.

Your slide is protected in sleeving and, if you order more than one slide, are cut in strips of up to 4 frames. Slides can be supplied on request as uncut rolls, up to the full film length of 36 exposures.

For reference – more information on slide mount options: Slide mounts

Cropping options

35mm slides have an image dimension ratio of 3:2. Many compact digital cameras have a squarer ratio than this, or you may have deliberately cropped your image to something of your chosing. By default we don’t crop your image to fit the 35mm frame – any excess left and right (for a squarish image) or top and bottom (for a thin landscape image) is automatically filled in with black. When projected you don’t see the black bars of course – black is the absence of light – and all you see is your image the way you created it.

However, if you don’t want this then when you order your slides you have a choice of ‘Crop to fill frame’. We will then crop the image (which we will do by eye to avoid inappropriate cropping of your image) so that the full slide area is utilised. Note that images are never stretched or distorted to make them fit, just cropped.

Compact camera image
Compact camera image

uncropped slide
Resulting slide, by default, without cropping

cropped image
Result using ‘crop to fit’ option.

Cropping in Photoshop

If you would rather ‘crop to fit’ yourself, then accurate cropping in Photoshop is easy and you can greatly speed up working with a lot of files by making use of presets.

select crop tool
Select the Crop tool

select 2-3
In the drop-down dialogue box choose 2:3. By default the cropping box is portrait.

flip ratio
If your image is landscape then click the ‘reverse’ button and the box rotates

adjust crop
Now click and hold on a corner and you can drag the cropping rectangle around, locked in 2:3 proportions at all times. When you are happy hit the return/enter key and your work is done. ‘Save as’ the file to a new name so that your new cropped version doesn’t overwrite the original.

create preset
You can save this crop setting so that you can return to it at any time – just name it something useful. You will see we have a couple of presets set up for 35mm slides and View-Master reels.

Slide mount options explained

Slide mount thicknessThe types of slide mounts are their application seems to cause a bit of confusion, particularly to those who aren’t photographers or who are too young to know about the world of ‘proper’ photography using film! OK, with tongue removed from cheek, here are types and applications:

Quick summary

Unmounted – cheapest option but you will need to have your own slide mounts to use them in a slide projector.
Plastic mounted – the most common option as the slides are ready to use straight away in slide projectors or on light boxes.
Glass mounted – most expensive option and only for those with a particular niche use. If you don’t know why you need them they you don’t need them!

Detailed information

50mm square slide mount and 35mm filmUnmounted slides are the cheapest option and will require work and further expense on your part if the are to be used in slide projectors. You will be supplied with the processed 35mm film transparencies. Film comes in 36 exposure rolls but your slides will be supplied in strips of six frames or less for ease of posting and to keep the film flat. They are protected in clear sleeving.

If they are to be used in a slide projector, for example, then you will need a supply of empty slide mounts of your choice. Individual frames can be cut with a sharp pair of scissors, the key being to keep fingers well away from the image area as finger prints on the film surface will be impossible to remove. They cut frames are then place into the empty mounts and the mount snapped together. All slide mounts are plastic these days – if you find some old cardboard types then most likely the adhesive will have dried out. There are quite a few types of plastic mounts out there with varying means of assembly; some use adhesive dots to hold the film in place, others metal retaining slots, others just require the film dropping into a rebate. Some slide mounts come in two pieces, others are hinged. The cheapest slide mounts will crop into your image a little – this is by design to accommodate irregular image areas and frame cutting. For more accurate mounting obtain GEPE type 7011 mounts that have a more accurate positioning method.

35mm transparencies

These are the standard way of presenting slides – they can be dropped straight into any 35mm projector slide magazines for instant use. If you are at all unsure of which of the three mounting options to go for then choose this option.

Gepe metal mask

The mounts are of industry-standard size and will fit any slide projector of the last 50 years or so. The overall size is 50mm x 50mm and the thickness is 2mm. They fit all Standard and DIN slide trays & 80/100/120 round trays (Kodak Carousel) & LKM and Paximat trays. We use GEPE type 7011 mounts which have thin stainless steel metal inserts that keeps the film in place while allowing the film to move as it heats up and expands, which reduces film bowing out of shape and losing projector focus while at the same time provides absolutely sharp projection edges. They are made of high grade plastic with a temperature resistance of up to 100°C and have solid construction with two inter-locking halves ensures perfect stability of the mount.

Gepe glassless type 7011

The mount is in two halves, one white and one dark grey. They are always put into the projector trays the same way – the dark grey size facing the screen and the white side facing the projector lamp. This is not only a convention that helps orienting slides the correct way round but it also helps reflect the heat of the lamp away from the mount. For those using the SUCK UK slide light the slides are slotted in grey side down so that the white side is the side viewed.

Gepe metal mask

These are specialist mounts that can be dropped straight into any 35mm projector slide magazines for instant use. If you are at all unsure of which of the three mounting options to go then DO NOT choose this option.

GEPE glass mount

The mounts are of industry-standard size and will fit Kodak Carousel type slide projectors with 80 slide magazines. The overall size is 50mm x 50mm and the thickness is 3mm. They DO NOT fit DIN slide trays or many Leitz, LKM or Paximat trays. They are NOT suitable for SUCK UK type decorative light boxes. We use GEPE type 2004 mounts which have thin stainless steel metal inserts that keeps the film in place while allowing the film to move as it heats up and expands, which reduces film bowing out of shape and losing projector focus while at the same time provides absolutely sharp projection edges. They are made of high grade plastic with a temperature resistance of up to 100°C and have solid construction with two inter-locking halves ensures perfect stability of the mount.

While they are similar to the plastic slide mounts we use (i.e. plastic construction with stainless steel inserts) they have the addition of two very thin sheets of glass either side of the film. This allows some protection to dust and fingerprints from careless handling and also further limits the bowing of film when under the intense heat of a projector lamp. The 0.8mm thickness glass is finely etched to prevent the strange optical phenomenon of multicoloured rings spreading across the image when the film touches the glass, known as Newton’s Rings. This feature is therefore called Anti-Newton Ring or just “AN” for short.

The mount is in two halves, one white and one dark grey. They are always put into the projector trays the same way – the dark grey size facing the screen and the white side facing the projector lamp. This is not only a convention that helps orienting slides the correct way round but it also helps reflect the heat of the lamp away from the mount.

Gepe glass type 6002

Benefits:

  • Protect film surface from physical damage
  • For projectors without autofocus as the image wont drift out of focus if the slide is in the gate a long time and heats up

Drawbacks:

  • Expensive to buy and to post
  • Heavy
  • Very fragile
  • May shorten slide life by creating a ‘greenhouse’
  • Six air surfaces to attract dust, four of which can’t cleaned unless mount disassembled
  • Condensation may form when bringing slides in from the cold outdoors

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