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  1. #21
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    Depending on the size of the paper sheet or cardboard, I'd say about 1-1 1/2 foot. It's just a question of trial and error, but when you find the good distance and flash power, you'll be good to go. If you want to reproduce your setup, just take measurements once you're satisfied with the results.
    Thanks Marcel, when time permits, I will try again using your suggestions. Will post my results.


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  2. #22
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Here's what I do...

    I set my speed light with the diffuser on manual mode, pointing at me... then just aim the camera with the ES-1 at the light... I think I used 1/2 power... simple

  3. #23
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Here's what I do...

    I set my speed light with the diffuser on manual mode, pointing at me... then just aim the camera with the ES-1 at the light... I think I used 1/2 power... simple
    Sounds easy alright Fred.
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  4. #24
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    The biggest problem I see with that method is the imprecision of keeping the negative and sensor parallel in both planes. Fractions of a millimeter can make a big difference when it comes to edge to edge sharpness. And you have the problem with extraneous light. And to be honest, I would say a cell phone is the very LAST option I would use. You have several much better options to pursue. You could use a negative scanner or an attachment like the ES-1 that goes on the front of a macro lens, which has already been mentioned. A scanner has the potential to produce much higher quality scans. I use a Nikon LS-8000 with glass film holders which produce superlative scans, but both are not cheap. In fact,you can get a high end DSLR for just what you would pay for the scanner alone, but it does up to 6x6cm negatives, which are important for some of the my work I do as I still do a fair amount of film work with my Hasselblad. And they are OOP so no Nikon service. Epson does make some very good scanners which can be useful in scanning 35mm slides or negatives. Some can be had for around $100 or so.


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  5. #25
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Despite the higher cost, I've pretty much decided to go with the Epson V800 for scanning my slides. I think its scan quality will be sufficient and its capacity to handle 12 Slides per scan will speed the process. I've looked further into commercial scanning, but I wince at the cost and also fear losing my slides in transit.

  6. #26
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpatch View Post
    Despite the higher cost, I've pretty much decided to go with the Epson V800 for scanning my slides. I think its scan quality will be sufficient and its capacity to handle 12 Slides per scan will speed the process. I've looked further into commercial scanning, but I wince at the cost and also fear losing my slides in transit.
    This is a good choice. The scans will not be quite as good as those from a dedicated film scanner but for the web and moderate enlargements, say, up to 11x14 it is plenty sufficient.
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    28mm f/2.8 AIS
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood View Post
    My wife found some of our old 35mm film negatives today.
    I would like to convert some of them to digital.
    I watched some youtube videos and did some googling, I learnt that you can do it with a yoghurt container and phone camera, or I can buy a gizmo off ebay to do it.

    Can I use my D7100 and a macro lens while backlighting the negatives with a lightbox ?
    Does anyone have any experience with this ? Any help would be appreciated.
    Matt Day has a few great videos on this topic. I'd use your D7100 WAY before a tiny phone sensor for scanning

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aThAi4jan8
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  8. #28
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Have any of y'all bought a factory refurbished item? I've noticed that a number of Epson V800 Scanners are available as "factory refurbished" from Adorama at $600, vs the newly inflated $900 at Adorama and Best Buy for a new unit or the $800 at B&H, Amazon and Walmart for new.

    Adorama claims a 90-Day return-to-manufacturer warranty, but as a new product these carry a 1 Year warranty. With all of the moving parts in a scanner, I'm dubious about taking on one of these. What do y'all think?





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