ION Slides Forever Film and Slide Scanner

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About this product


  • Transfer, edit and save 35mm slides and negatives
  • Scan and save all your 35mm slides, negatives and film digitally, save direct to your computer
  • Quick and simple, one-button image capture

Product overview

  • Transfer, edit and save 35mm slides and negatives
  • Scan and save all your 35mm slides, negatives and film digitally, save direct to your computer
  • Quick and simple, one-button image capture
  • High-resolution 5MP camera option
  • Easy-to-use photo editing software included for creating beautiful photo cards and more

Digitalise your memories
SLIDES Forever makes it easy and fun to rediscover your 35mm film negatives and slides on your computer. It features fast scanning and a single-cable connection, perfect for fuss-free archiving of your photo memories. Capture and archive all your old family photos, holiday snaps and precious moments.
If you’re like one of the millions of people who have boxes of slide carousels in the attic or a stack of negatives in an old shoebox, SLIDES Forever is perfect for you. SLIDES Forever user-friendly software eliminates the hassle and brings those memories of family celebrations, graduations, birthdays, and joyous occasions back into your life.

Transfer physical slides into JPEG files
Slides Forever offers quick and easy transfer of slides and negatives to digital jpeg files. Simply load the included software, connect to your PC via the included USB cable, load your slides or negatives into the included holders and feed into the unit. Its one-touch capture couldn’t be easier. The fixed-range focus, automatic exposure and balance settings ensure optimal capture every time with accurate colour conversion and perfect imaging.

Included software makes editing easy
The included photo editing software offers manual colour and exposure balancing, cropping, rotating and more for polishing all of your images. It also allows you to design cards, invitations, postcards and more to share with family and friends. Share your old photos online, and create digital copies. Protect and preserve your precious memories forever.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought this might be a lot worse than it actually is. So far I have scanned around 400 negatives, and around 600 slides, into my laptop with this. Once the controls are mastered on the software (ie the brightness & colours sliders etc) this little giant scans very faithful reproductions indeed, I now have rescued all our family history, from 1960 onwards, from slides that were rapidly deteriorating. recommend using photoshop or paintshop to clean up old images. I have brought 90% of our stuff back like new with that method. but the machine got me to a position to do that. Nice one Maplin !
Date published: 2013-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Piece of cake to scan most negatives and slides. Bought this at the Luton Branch, first unit failed but was exchanged without any problems. Have set about archiving loads of slides and negatives found in my fathers albums after he passed away. Although the unit is advertised as a 35mm scanner I have managed to scan all manner of formats with a little bit of tweaking, except the very small negatives, although it shouldn't be too difficult to adapt one of the supplied adapters. The process is very fast and the software although basic does cover the essentials, the window displaying the finished print could be larger for fine tuning. Very pleased, and excellent value for money.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and works perfectly I was cautious about buying this as it was so much cheaper than the other models but I am delighted. It works perfectly, was easy to set up on Windows 7, and the resulting quality is very good. Old slides from the 1960s now look fine in Photoshop. The software is very simple to use, and the only minor drawback is that one or two slides were a little tight for the feeder and had to be gently persuaded to drop down. Having experimented with a flatbed scanner with very little success this was a pleasure to use and gave excellent results!
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value I bought this yesterday for an urgent job and have now completed about 80 images. The scanner is good value; a tenth the cost of a "professional" unit - one of which I used to use until it became obsolete. The software is simple and the processor control of the unit itself is slick. It is particularly good for scanning large numbers of negatives to find ones to save as digital images. The colour balance is much better with negatives than with slides, in my experience. In fact I found that the best way to digitize slides was to use the Ion's slide holder fixed to a diffuse LED ceiling light and photo the colour slides with a camera fitted with a macro lens.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great. did exactly what I wanted . Quick and easy to use and great scanning quality. The auto exposure/compensation was amazing to watch in action as it uncovered the picture from a under/over exposed slide. If you have a few thousand slides to scan to preserve the family achive, this scanner is just what you need
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I partially agree with some of the other reviews as to the simplicity and easy operation once the controls have been master. However one major problem I have found to be rather annoying to the point of returning this product has to be the size of the finnished image of negative or picture copy. It seems to crop a substantial amount of image off the original negative or slide overall and when the slide or negative copy has been positioned with great care at the point of taking this process then chops a great deal of the finnished image which can be very frustrating, as the finnished copy image is somewhat smaller to the original one and at times to much image has been cropped and the image has been spoilt. I do feel that should you wish to copy the full negative image then this isn't for you. The only remidy I can see to improve this product is to have either a larger apreture on the supplied mounts or have a larger sanninig area that ecceeds the overall area of the copying negative or slidw and then this can be cropped accordingly with other image and photogaph software. Ion needs to get back to the drawing board with this and when they do measure the negative and slide area and then redesign the mounts to accommodate these measurements.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect and Simple I had around 600 slides to digitise and looked at several options. I already have a scanner capable of processing slides but it only works 4 at a time and although the scans are higher quality it is a slow process and the time input would have been too great. I needed something cheap to view the slides prior to scanning to weed out the ones I didn't want but this machine was so easy and the results so good I copied all my slide collection using this. A good transparency will produce a good scan a poor one will not. Don't blame the machine. It works perfectly on windows 10 and I managed around 100 per hour. Select the correct thickness on the slide carrier and it will jam now and then but if you are not too rough it operates pretty smoothly. My only problem is what to do with it now I have finished. I scanned all the slides to PC using the interpolated setting and then used the function in Photoshop Elements to batch process them all with auto correction for colour and contrast. I have attached a picture of one of the scanned slides.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent piece of kit, with easy to use software. Love the slide feeder (like the feed on a semi-auto projector). Unlike many other products like this where you have to load negative strips into a frame and then feed it through the scanner, you can feed negative strips straight into the scanner. It's perfectly possible to scan 100+ negatives or slides in an hour. Excellent image quality too, a great buy!
Date published: 2013-09-07
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Package Contents:

SLIDES Forever
Driver / Software CD
USB cable
Slide holder
Negative roll feeder
Optics cleaning tool brush
Quickstart Poster
User Guide

Product Specifications

Slide/Film Types Supported:

35mm film negatives and slides

Operating Specifications

Scanner Resolution:

5MP, 2592 x 1680

System Requirements & Software

Compatible Operating Systems:

Windows XP II or higher
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

Software Included:

ArcSoft Photo Impressions v.


Connection Type:




1 year

Will this serve other negative formats? 110? 126?

Asked by: Serpico
Unfortunately not, this only supports 35mm slides and negatives
Answered by: Brad
Date published: 2018-02-01

What size free hard drive does it need?

Asked by: Batty
This can be connected to a PC , so any hard drive in the PC would be sufficient.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-12-18

Can you connect this to an iPad to view images ?

Asked by: Marc
This would require a PC connection.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-12-16

Does it work with a mac?

Asked by: Tony
It doesn’t work with my Mac and when I checked on the Ion website it says it’s only supported up to MacOS 10.10 ( not mentioned on the box) and mine is 10.13. I’m returning it to seller-Maplin. 
Answered by: Datcuk
Date published: 2017-12-09

thinking of buying this product but would like to know whether it transfers 35mm movies to my PC

Asked by: Lynne
Sorry the product is for 35 mm film negatives and slides only It does not support moving images
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-01-06

Does it come with two feeders: a slide feeder and a stack feeder?

Asked by: imico
Package Contents: SLIDES Forever Driver / Software CD USB cable Slide holder Negative roll feeder Optics cleaning tool brush Quickstart Poster User Guide
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-12-31

does this convert negatives to picture images or merely copy the negativeimage?

Asked by: Kevin
The unit copies the image from the negative.
Answered by: Neil G
Date published: 2017-12-31

Can one renew light bulb

Asked by: Dick
Unfortunately, the bulb is not user serviceable
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-11-21
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