Contax to digital?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Tim, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I've been putting off the move to digital until the price/performance was
    better, but think the day is now about there.

    My SLRs and lenses are Contax/Yashica/Zeiss, which has left me in a bit of a
    dead end - I understand the Contax N uses a different mount.

    My photography is mainly industrial heritage - old cars, locos, motorbikes -
    and dogs.

    I'd like to keep some 35mm capability.

    Any recommendations on the best way forward? Should I sell up and move to
    (say) Nikon lenses? Or am I best keeping my existing kit for 35mm?

    Thanks in advance for help
    Tim, Jul 5, 2003
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  2. Tim

    T P Guest

    If you are using Zeiss glass and good film, you will find almost any
    digital camera a massive disappointment - the Contax N Digital was
    dreadful and has now been discontinued to due almost non-existent

    Instead, consider having the best of both worlds and buy yourself a
    good film scanner. The Minolta Dual Scan III is an excellent entry
    level 2800ppi scanner at about £270 and the forthcoming 5400ppi model
    should be outstanding value at about £600.
    T P, Jul 6, 2003
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  3. T P - I've yet to see a film scan from a desktop film scanner that compares
    with a DSLR RAW capture. I'm not saying film is inferior - definitely not -
    but these scanners are. Even a Nikon 4000 on multipass over good
    transparency film provides a noisy, unsharp, colour-skewed file in
    comparison to a 10D capture at the same ISO

    Simon Stanmore, Jul 6, 2003
  4. Simon,

    Have you had experience of this? I'm currently using an Epson 2400 flatbed
    scanner which can scan film, the results are good but I was hoping I'd be
    able to upgrade to a dedicated film scanner at some point, under the
    impression that the resulting scans would be great. I've read reviews and
    seen scans which seem to suggest that you can get really good results from
    film scanners, but it has occurred to me that maybe a lot of colour balance
    work is required after the scan. I could understand this with C-41
    negatives, but I was hoping that slide film would scan with better results.
    After all, given the amount of detail that can be stored on a negative, I'd
    still like to stick with my film SLR until DSLRs are up to higher
    resolutions at a price I can afford (which may be quite a while!!). 11
    megapixels would be nice :)

    Chris Barnard, Jul 7, 2003
  5. Tim

    Stuart Guest

    My sincere advice is to get yourself a Canon EOS 10D DSLR and start from
    there - I have been amazed at the quality of the results I have obtained.
    Sell your current kit and if you want to keep some 35mm film capabilty then
    buy a secondhand Canon EOS 300 or similir so that you can use the same
    lenses as on the 10D DSLR.

    good luck
    Stuart, Jul 7, 2003
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