D70 to copy 35mm slides?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by N. Joy, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. N. Joy

    N. Joy Guest

    Hi all
    I want to be able to "digitize" some old 35mm slides from a family event.
    Does anybody have any recommendations, please. I have the standard D70 body
    with the older analogue (film) camera lenses (F65). Is there an attachment
    I can fit onto the body / end of the lens and point to a light source and
    shoot the slide?
    Thanks in advance for sensible suggestions
    Cheerio for now
    Norm.
     
    N. Joy, Apr 19, 2005
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  2. I think you're better off using a scanner. A scanner is much better
    optimized for that kind of job than a digital camera. It can take
    its time making the exposure; it does not have to worry about power
    consumption; its optics are designed for a flat subject at a set
    distance.

    If a scanner isn't practical for you for whatever reason, then
    sorry, I do not have any suggestions as to how best to accomplish
    your task with a D70.
     
    Ben Rosengart, Apr 19, 2005
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  3. Yes, check with adorama or B&H. I'm not sure of the quality of the results,
    but it's certainly cheaper than buying a scanner or hiring the scanning
    done.
     
    Phil Stripling, Apr 19, 2005
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    Bob Guest

    A scanner with dust removal software such as the Canon F5000 will do a far far
    better job... under $200...

    If you only have a few slides, they usually cost 50 cents each at a camera store
    to scan...

    Since I bought my scanner - I deleted all the old camera copies I made, as they
    look like crap!
     
    Bob, Apr 20, 2005
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    Chrlz Guest

    I deleted all the old camera copies I made, as they
    How did you do the camera copies?

    I would suggest the OP looks into a copying device, given he already
    has the D70 - the results should be quite comparable to a good (eg 4000
    dpi) film scanner *if it is done correctly*.

    Here's a couple of links to try:

    http://www.promaster.com/products/p...essories2&dir=DigitalAccessories&product=9040
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001ISQ16/104-2157036-9519156?v=glance

    They often turn up on ebay at quite low prices, and there are zoom
    models, etc.. Certainly cheaper than a decent film scanner, especially
    if you are only doing a few. As already stated, why not just get them
    scanned at your local photo lab? - the qulaity should be sufficient for
    web/tv display, and up to 7x5 or even 11x8 printing, depending on your
    fussiness and how much you pay for the scans..
     
    Chrlz, Apr 20, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest


    One of the problems you may run into is the 1.5x factor. I have a 55 micro
    and a slide copier that's made for it. Problem is the camera's image sensor
    crops the slide and I can't run the copier out any farther. Good luck.
     
    Sheldon, Apr 20, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I have a device that was given to me by an acquaintance. It is a homemade
    slide copier made out of perspex - essentially just a box with a light in
    it and a place to hold a slide. Apparently he used this thing on a copy
    stand with an F4s.

    I haven't tried it, but I see no reason why you couldn't do it with a
    tripod, a zoom lens (for proper framing) and a lightbox.
     
    Roxy d'Urban, Apr 20, 2005
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    Maintane Guest

    I was going to suggest an even simpler homemade method I used with my Nikon
    995...hadn't had the need to try it with my D70 yet. I used an old desktop
    flourescent lamp with a tranluscent panel I cut from the side of an ice
    cream bucket that slid up under the bulbs and hung down perpendicular to the
    light (a poorman's lightbox?). To this I attached a clip to hold the
    slide/negative in place. I set up the 995 on a tripod about an inch and a
    half away, set the camera in inverse mode (for negatives, not for positives)
    set focus to macro, and shot away. With this setup, I was able to quickly
    process about a 100 old negatives from about 1920 thru 1980 with pretty darn
    good results. Some required a bit of color correction, but the older ones
    came out very good.

    I am not sure how this setup would work on a D70, as the macro is not as
    good...I have also since aquired an old xray viewbox and will try it next
    time I have the need.

    Mike
     
    Maintane, Apr 20, 2005
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    Bob Guest

    First I tried a device you stick on the end of your camera and point at
    sunlight... didn't like it...

    So I made a device to hold a large copy lens and the slide, and a white target
    behind it illuminated by halogen light, all in a black cardboard baffle... this
    actually worked pretty good... I could zoom into the slide for any crop I
    wanted.

    Problem: No dust removal or color correction, a big plus on a slide scanner.

    And the setup time and trouble to line up the camera was terrible.

    As for the scanner - I could toss in a few slides and scan them while I reply to
    this post!

    The camera copies always looked blurred somewhat, but the scanner is crisp.
     
    Bob, Apr 22, 2005
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    Bob Guest

    Maybe you could try a diopter add on kit with a normal lens...
     
    Bob, Apr 22, 2005
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