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I don't know if this exists—but—am looking for a slide viewer that you can hook a carousel into yet view in a box as opposed to projecting it. Dad has a zillion slides but at 94 can't handle a projector, etc. Thanks for any help!

  • There's lots of box options but I don't know of any that work off of a carousel – RyanFromGDSE Sep 29 '16 at 17:04
  • Kodak used to make a couple of Ektagraphic models that do exactly what you want, and I'd be very surprised if you couldn't find one on eBay or somewhere else for not much money. – Blrfl Sep 29 '16 at 18:07
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    @Blrfl, why not post that as an answer? See: meta.photo.stackexchange.com/questions/4655/… – inkista Sep 30 '16 at 0:06
  • @inkista: Seems too short on content. – Blrfl Sep 30 '16 at 0:54
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    @Blrfl Nothing wrong with a short answer, if it actually answers the question. – inkista Sep 30 '16 at 1:01
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I don't think I've ever seen anything handheld that would work with a carousel; the whole affair would be kind of unwieldy.

Kodak used to make a couple of Ektagraphic models, the 270 and 570, that do exactly what you're after. Both are cube-shaped (about a foot in each dimension) and are completely self-contained.

I'd be very surprised if you couldn't find one on eBay or somewhere else for not much money.

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I recommend sending the slides in to a slide digitizing service. That way, your father could view them on whatever device is available — computer, tablet computer, smartphone, etc. Unless a "zillion" slides are so many as to be cost prohibitive to have digitized, that is.

Alternately, there are several slide viewers that will project slides onto a built-in screen (usually about 2" × 2" or so). Unfortunately, these viewers do not accept carousels. You have to load the slides individually, or some of them allow you to load a small stack (10-ish) of slides. Some of these slide viewers are powered with batteries and have an internal lamp. The cheapest slide viewers you simply hold up to your eye — they look like an enlarged jeweler's loupe, or a single-eye ViewMaster.

Examples:

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  • There really are a zillion. I have a slide viewer but it is tedious to load and reload. I also have the single eye ones. Thanks for your help - this is an interesting site. – chris Oct 4 '16 at 13:40

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