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    Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    Looking to digitize large collection of slides from the old days. What I've read makes me lean toward slide holder and extension tube. I'm using an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens or Nikkor 55-200mm. Don't really want to go to a scanner. Any suggestions?


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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    I have only used a scanner to digitize slides, but someone else will be along shortly to help you out.
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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    Google "Nikon ES-1" It's a slide holder/viewer that's adjustable and attaches to the front of a lens like a filter, and does a better job than an extension tube... Aim it at a light with a slide and take a full resolution image of your slides. You can usually find them on eBay... <-- I just sold one there last week for about 90% of what I paid for it...

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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Google "Nikon ES-1" It's a slide holder/viewer that's adjustable and attaches to the front of a lens like a filter, and does a better job than an extension tube... Aim it at a light with a slide and take a full resolution image of your slides. You can usually find them on eBay... <-- I just sold one there last week for about 90% of what I paid for it...
    Fred, will the ES-1 work properly with a DX-format camera like Lee's D3300? I looked into using the ES-1 with my D5100 and I (perhaps mistakenly) determined that the DX-format view wasn't compatible with the ES-1. If it will work and capture the entire image without cropping, I'd be interested too. Thanks!

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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    According to the Nikon site's Question & Answers, DX isn't an issue... You do need a macro lens.
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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    Although I usually go the scanner route, I have also used my PB-6 bellows, slide attachment and 50mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor

    This is an image from a High Speed Ektachrome slide from a Heart concert back in 1977 that I copied with the above setup and a small output studio flash for lighting. It worked like a champ!

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    Last edited by STM; 10-22-2019 at 05:34 PM.
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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpatch View Post
    Fred, will the ES-1 work properly with a DX-format camera like Lee's D3300? I looked into using the ES-1 with my D5100 and I (perhaps mistakenly) determined that the DX-format view wasn't compatible with the ES-1. If it will work and capture the entire image without cropping, I'd be interested too. Thanks!
    Sorry to be late for the party, but the ES-1 on DX does need about 20 mm of extension between lens and ES-1 (to frame the slide fully), but is otherwise very fully compatible with DX.
    See my site at Scanning thousands of slides? Try a digital camera for info about the extension.

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    Re: Slide copying/digitizing with D3300

    I've used a setup similar to Wayne's, with great success. I use an old Nikon 55mm macro lens (can get cheap on fleabay), a Nikon PK13 extension tube (27.5mm extension), A different slide holder gizmo I happened to find, and enough misc extensions (old filter rings) between the front of the lens and the slide holder to get the right magnification (35mm slide to DX sensor). The total distance from the front of the lens' filter ring to the slide is about 85mm.

    A relative of mine uses a 50mm AF prime lens, with a 25mm AF extension. Works well too.

    I use this on a D5100, but any DX camera would work as well. For light source I got the best results with direct sunshine hitting the frosted cover of the slide holder. I use manual exposure, around 1/4 to 1/30 sec at f/16 of f/11 at ISO 200. Perhaps f/16 is close to having diffraction issues so f/11 may be better but I don't see a difference. I use a high f-number to try and get some depth of field, since the old slides are often not flat.

    If the slide has high contrast (common with Kodachrome) I find that using the camera's HDR helps. (The D5100 has HDR, the D3300 does not.) Assign HDR to the Fn button for easy access.

    I use the full camera resolution (16 megapixels in the case of the D5100), but usually later in post-processing resize to half-rez because my old 35mm slides are rarely sharp enough to justify more than 2-4 megapixels. Maybe yours are better.

    I also crop, and use Smart Curves and the "Wire Worm" plug-ins - the latter mostly to remove dust that always finds its way to the slide, despite my trying to clean each one (with rubber air blower, and sometimes a soft brush) before I put it in the holder. (Those plug-ins are for Photoshop but I use them in Irfanview.)

    Alas those "thousands of slides" are taking me years to go through. But it's fun to revive some of the old photos. And send digital copies to family.
    Last edited by mbraner; 04-01-2020 at 03:50 AM.
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