Thu 25-Nov-10 01:22 AM | edited Thu 25-Nov-10 01:29 AM by mredynatech
How do I copy, with the best possible quality, my 35 mm slides and 6 x 4.5 unmounted film images using my D700? Color and B&W. What's the best technique? What equipment do I need? What about lighting the originals? What lens to use? Looking for information. Thanks in advance!
Mike while I have used my D700 to copy slides with great results, it is a slow process and does not address dust and scratches and color correcting Kodachrome, all which are better done with an Epson V700 and Silverfast. That said, you will get higher resolution using the camera as a flatbed scanner essentially gives you a 7 MP image. So here is what you need:
D700, 55 mm Micro Nikkor f/2.8 and either and ES-1 attachment or a PB-6 Bellows w/ a slide copying attachment. This will allow you to copy the slide and fill the frame. I also used with great results Nikon Control Pro 2 as it allowed me to see the images on my computer screen and to check the focus before I took the shot. Before you start you need to clean the slides really well or you will spend hours removing all the junk thereafter.
If you look in my gallery you will find iamges that I copied with my D700 as described, especially look at my images of glaciers in Greenland.
Adding to reply 1 you may gave difficulty attaching a D700 to the PB6 bellows (even switching the bellows end to take the camera in portrait position) without a short extension tube. The bellows extension is 50mm - extending to perhaps 62mm with a short extension tube - which makes it difficult to get 1:1 rather than about 1.2 to 1 when copying slides with a 50mm lens - OK if want to crop the slides, but not if you want the whole image. A longer lens helps get 1:1 - but too long and the bellows are not long enough On the positive side an SB 800 standing on it's tripod foot is at the right height to illuminate the bellows slide copying attachment.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
I read all the cautions on the PB-6 and found that no extension tube was necessary. The D700 will mount without any clearance problems unless you have the MD-10 mounted which I don't even own. The PB-6 with the PS-6 does give you 1 to 1 and also lets you crop if you would like. This combo does not work with a DX camera without a extension tube.