I thank you for taking the time to respond. After a lot of on-line research it seems my choice will be the 55 mm and ES-1. I wonder if doing my own copying equal the quality of using a service to copy them, assuming I can clean them well? Guess I can always adjust things in CS4 if needed. Now, there is the question of which service will do a quality job? Geez, it just goes on and on!
>Ron you have a few choices. You say you have lots of slides >to copy, what number is lots as this is important? If you are >talking thousands or even hundreds, you may just want to pay a >service to copy them for you. As for using your d700, the 105 >mm is the wrong lens to get consistant results, although it >could be done,you would have to set up a stage at the proper >distance and make sure your camera is perfectly parallel to >the slide. This could be accomplished with a copy stand. As >you have found it is better to use a Nikkor 55 mm f/2.8 micro >and an ES-1, or if you have one a PB-6 bellows with slide >copying attachment. This assures the sensor plane and the film >plane are in allignment and also keeps out stray light. You do >not need any further extension tubes-that was needed when you >used a DX camera. With the D700 you will get a 12 MP image in >NEF format, but will need to make sure your slides are really >clean as you will not have the advantage of Digital Ice to >remove dust and scratches, which will require a lot of work in >post. I have gotten excellent results this way; see my gallery >for examples. The next option is to use a film scanner but >this will cost you more than a 55 mm Micro Nikkor and when you >are done copying your slides, it will essentially be useless, >but you will get excellent results. The final method is to use >a flatbed film scanner. Cheap flatbeds will give you awful >results nowhere near what you will get from the above methods. >The best results would come from pro scanners which are way to >costly costing thousands. A good compromise would be the Epson >V700 which can be had for about $500. It is designed to copy >both film and photos and has two lenses that are selected >automatically for the task at hand. The end result would give >you around a 7 MP image that was cleaned with digital ice and >you could copy about 6 slides at a time.