Not sure which forum this belongs in so I picked this one.
I recently had a new urge to digitize some of my old slides. I don't have that many to do, possibly 300 or so. I have an old Minolta Scan Dual II film scanner but that's pretty old by today's standards. Besides, I'm not sure it'll even work on Windows 7.
So I plan on using my D300 and I'm not sure which lens to use.
I have seen the Bower slide duper as well as the Nikon ES-1 and I wonder if those would work with any of the following lenses that I own:
I figure that these are my best candidates for slide duping work. I wouldn't want to buy a 50m or 55mm lens simply for this purpose.
No matter which lens I use, my plan is to put the camera in manual mode and fix the aperture at f/8. I have a Visual Plus light table that has a 5000K color temp. I'll do a custom WB and meter off a grey card, and, holding the camera up against the light table (on a tripod), I can just put the slides in one by one and snap pictures. I can tweak RAW files later.
Any advice on which slide duper to use? I don't really want to buy a scanner since I don't have thousands of slides and I don't want to end up with something that's going to collect dust when I'm done
Any advice on slide duping would be nice as well.
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#1. "RE: Slide Duplication Lens Accessory" | In response to Reply # 0OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011Thu 10-Oct-13 06:35 AM
A short look about the web suggests that the Minolta Scan Dual II did not have wonderful software but can work with Vue Scan software which should mean both Windows 7 and Windows 8 should be an option. As the software can be tried for free and is of modest cost to buy this might be a good way to start. Scanners usually give better results, albeit slower than a slide copier with a camera. The Vue Scan software does have more editing options than the original Minolta offering.
However, as for the other options I would have to admit that I have not used them but would offer the following comment. Working on a task as contrasted with theory has to accept and go with your working style. I have a Nikon bellows, slide copier attachment, lens reversing rings and too many lenses that I could use for copying. This should allow me to be able to whip through slides at a brisk clip, however I have only used the slide Nikon Coolscan V ED scanner for many thousands of slides and some thousands of negatives as well (a scanner with suitable software should do negatives as well as slides).
So my suggestion is first try out the Minolta and then think about camera based slide copier devices, but always consider how you would like to work. That is, what working methods make you comfortable, including the space,set up and tear down time.
Bellows plus slide copier plus reversed lens plus mount, e.g. tripod or table mount are quite fussy to set up and tear down if you have to work in batches.