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 Posted: Tue Oct 11th, 2016 03:51 pm
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My scanner is buried right now, but I believe it is an Epson too. The light in the lid and the holder, along with the 'smart' software are the keys, IMO. I think the thing only cost me 50 or 75 bucks... not expensive compared to what it can do.



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wahiba wrote:
I use an Epson. It is the cheapest they do with the facility to scan transparencys. Software adjusts for positive or negative. It has a carrier for 6 negatives or four slides.

There is a light on the inside of the lid. I have found it works as well as specialist scanners up to around 2400dpi.

I usually use it with Photoshop elements and it scans straight for editing.

With a bit of fiddling I also scan 120 film. These need to be done in two passes and then 'welded' together with the panorama tool in Photoshop Elements, 7 in my case. With a bit of practice works quite well.

I have tried scanning transparency material on a basic scanner with bit of translucent plastic over the film. Surprisingly the light used over this needs to quite bright and even. Results were a bit mixed. Worth a try if you are into experiments.

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I have 35mm in slides, color negatives and b&w negatives. Medium format in transparencies, color and b&w negatives. 4X5 in color transparencies and b&w negatives. I haven't found a reasonably priced scanner that will conveniently handle all of that. Plus I will put my Micro-Nikkor 50 mm macro lens up against any scanners optics.

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Other than the 35mm it is not easy. With my scanner I can just manage a 120 film in two passes. As I could not use the supplied 35mm frames I made a basic one out of card.

As for using a camera, well I think many digital cameras have a macro facility that could do the job. Evenly distributed rear lighting is needed and I suppose there could be lens distortion with some lens.

I believe that some of the cheaper units for copying 35mm to digital are no more than fixed lens camera set ups that probably cannot stand up to detailed quality analysis.

Optically the best scanner must be better than the best lens due to no possible lens distortion. However as the best scanners, especially for larger film sizes are way out of most amateur finances I will stick to my piece of card.

Helps being a Lomo fan. Actual negative quality means high resolution scanning is not on.



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This was made using a Sony digital camera to take a picture of around 140 frames. Check out Lomo Kino on the Lomography site.

https://vimeo.com/176570344

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I just mailed mine to one of the dozens of online conversion process people.

I got them all on a nice CD.

All look great.



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The only "good" digital camera I have is a Nikon CoolPix, don't think that will give me what I want.

I have an old 35mm Pentax (1964 vintage) and it took good photos last time I used it, but now the battery is DOA and I can't find another to use the light meter.

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Bob:

I have a Nikon D(I think)3. I haven't used it in awhile. Too much life happening and too many other things I want to do.

But I have had Nikons for years and have a selection of lenses. My 50mm Micro Nikkor is the second sharpest lens I have had in my life. The sharpest lens I have ever owned was a 110mm Rodenstock I used on my monorail view camera.

All my film cameras, and I had quite a collection, have long since been sold. The only one I have left is a Contax 35mm that I forgot to put in the box when I took the rest of the film cameras to the buyer.

I retained the Nikkor lenses because Nikon has always made sure old lenses work, at least to some extent, on their new cameras.

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Reg,

I have an old friend that was a professional photographer, he had nothing but Nikon cameras and lenses. I talked to him not long ago and asked when was the last time he used a film camera and he couldn't remember! Said all he ever uses now are digital cameras.

I think I'll go see him to see if he can convert these slides for me, I'm fairly sure he has the equipment.

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After a long break I eventually aquired some slide film. It is 200asa under the Rollie brand but I believe it is made by Gevaert in Belgium.

These pictures were taken at the end of 2016 when we visited the Grand Central Railway that runs between Leicester and Loughborough. I went to Leicester to visit a Model Railways Collectors club show.

This is a link to a short movie of some of the show exhibits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCOGZ0q8oZw

Top two are a Brittania Pacific and the bottom one Loughborough Station. It was a dull day and obviously slide film still prefers a sunny day.

Note: I just had the films processed, not mounted and they were scanned in strips of 6 the same as negatives. I have an Epson V300 photo flatbead scanner and I think they were scanned at around 2400 dpi. Post processing is by photoshop elements.

i also tried a couple of 120 slide films, same stuff as 35mm. Scanning is tricky as they have to be done in two passes and then brough together using the panorama feature of the scanner. I actually worked out the best way to do it last time. Fortunately the sanner snas a width of around 32mm so getting 120 film in two passes works fine. the panorama feature on my Elements 7 also works prettty well and generally I cannot see a join line.

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