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"RE: Slide Copying"

Ron Wilson Registered since 02nd Jan 2005
Wed 13-Jan-10 08:50 PM

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


>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.

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