The Wolverine F2D300 digital image converter provides a solution for those searching for ways to convert their old 35mm film and slides into the digital realm. Most of you have probably moved to digital cameras, but what will you do with all of that old film lying around? You may have treasured family photos or funny candid stored slides or negatives that you want to preserve.
The Wolverine F2D300 will accept the film and slides and create high-quality 7 megapixel digital images. This device is a converter and not a true scanner. It is taking a photo of your slides rather than a scan which means a lower quality image but the speed of conversion will be much faster than with a traditional scanner.
For the most up-to-date model, see the Wolverine F2D review.
Highlights of the Wolverine F2D300
One of the big selling points for the converter is that it can work completely standalone – no PC required. It does, however, support both PC and MAC systems, and you can also display images directly from the F2D300 to your TV.
This unique unit that can run completely without a computer accepts 35mm film, negatives and slides to convert to a 3312×2208 image. This is extremely high resolution and should suit you nicely if you ever want to print from the digital files in the future.
The process to convert slides to digital images is relatively quick. Around five seconds per conversion. You must load each image or group of images one by one, so this can add up a bit if you’re doing many sets of film and photos. Note that the device actually takes a high resolution digital picture of the negative or slide – that’s how it’s able to convert so quickly. It does not actually scan in the usual sense, which would take much longer. Some users felt this resulted in lower quality digital images, but most of the review photos online are of excellent quality.
The Wolverine F2D300 slide converter also has a video-out, so that you can display images on your living room television. This is in addition to the small, color LCD screen that enables you to preview and perform small edits on photos. Tasks like brightening, darkening, rotating and more are available via this method. Simply scan, edit and save either to the unit’s internal memory or an optional SD card.
Feedback from Users
Overall, more people gave positive reviews of the Wolverine negative and slide converter. Some enjoyed the output quality, some enjoyed the fact that it can be used without an attached computer. One user felt embarrassed that he thought it would be so difficult to use, when in fact, it is quite an easily used device. Most users have digitized hundreds and thousands of old film/scans from the 1950s on to the 1990s.
Criticisms of the F2D300 included perceptions of low quality due to the photographic nature of the process as opposed to the film being “scanned.” Most users felt the quality was excellent, however, especially considering the speed with which the digital photos were produced and saved. Samples of the output from the unit can be easily seen online, so you can judge yourself.
After reviewing the output from other users, I would say that the Wolverine F2D300 film and slide converter is a quality product and produces digital images of excellent quality. Some felt the quality could have been better, but by far, most users should be satisfied. It’s a recommended buy and a good value.
However, if you are looking for maximum resolution images from your converted film, slides and negatives, you may want to compare this scanner with a flatbed photo scanner. A photo scanner will provide higher quality images but will take longer to use. If you are looking for speed and ease of use and will be satisfied with a bit lower image quality, then a slide scanner will be more appropriate.