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Slide Duplication Lens Accessory


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vikenk Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Mar 2007
Thu 10-Oct-13 01:32 AM

Hello Everyone,

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:

Nikon 16-85
Tamron 28-75/2.8
Tokina 50-135/2.8

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.


Viken K.

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