#8. "RE: Slide Copying" In response to In response to 7 Thu 14-Jan-10 12:37 PM by Travjohn
Boone, NC, US
Yes, the ES-1 attaches to the front the lens, so you need 52mm filter threads there, or an adapter. You also need to get to 1:1 reproduction. I use a 55mm f/3.5 Mico-Nikkor with the PK-13 extension tube on a D700, and find that if I want to crop the slide any, I'll also have to use a PK-11. The ES-1 is somewhat of a pain to use with any precision, since its two parts slide for framing and cropping, and it tends to get out of alignment when you replace one slide with another. A good suggestion from a fellow Nikonian was to get it set up and use gaffers tape to keep everything aligned. This should help for production work and allow you to change slides without having to re-frame. I also find that using Camera Control Pro to preview and review the slides on the computer monitor is preferable to squinting through the viewfinder and trying to judge results via the LCD on the camera. During the day, I'll point the rig at a bright window, and at night I'll use an SB-800 on-camera and aim the whole mess at a white wall. Both give good results, but sometimes it's necessary to re-shoot a slide to get optimum exposure. And almost every shot can use some post-processing to look its best. Despite these drawbacks, this is a cheap, quick and effective way to get slides into digital format.
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