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    35mm film negatives to digital ?

    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.


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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    This can work as long as you do your careful focus using Live View and mask the surrounding to prevent too much backlight contamination.
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    35mm film negatives to digital ?
    I was going to do this. Either make my own setup or get a thing off ebay. I think it would work. We ended up getting a scanner, so I dropped the idea. This was my quick feasibility test. I held the negative up to a window and took a macro shot hand held with my other hand. I inverted the colors and played with a few other things in Lightroom. The original negative was not all that sharp here. With a fixed setup and controlled light, I think there are good possibilities.

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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Nikon makes the "Slide Copying Adapter ES-1". It screws onto the front of your macro lens and you shoot an image of your slide. With a little careful manipulation, you can do a negative... I've used dedicated scanners and the little ES-1 is by far the easiest and produces the best results... the adapter is basically a two-part extension tube that lets you adjust the length of the tube so you can get a 1:1 ratio with any macro lens... it also has a frosted glass front element so you can point it at a regular flashgun or white light to get a nice soft diffused light...
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Thanks for the help Marcel, Nick, and Fred.
    Fred, that adapter sounds like it might be what I need, I will check out it’s cost and availability here. It will be Pre much a one use thing for me, as I won’t be taking any more film photos any time soon, or ever.
    But as these are our Wedding photos, I would like to do a real and proper job of them.

    Will let you know what I end up doing.
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    The first dozen are big fun. Then I sent the next 200 off to India for scanning.
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    35mm film negatives to digital ?
    As a sidenote, I think the ES-1 requires an FX body to work as advertised. I think I once figured out that DX cameras would require tubes.

    I've messed around with some of the home-brew methods and got fair results, but the setup time was extensive and the adjustments required more patience than I possess. This digitized image is from one of my Kodachromes, taken with my D5100 using natural light behind the slide through a window. The slide is razor sharp, but I couldn't get the digitized image to be as sharp no matter how hard I tried. In view of my volume of slides, I'm headed toward a scanner, either the Epson V600 or V800.

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    ​myself being very lazy would take or send in the negatives for processing and have a cd made.
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    I have most of my Dad's images that I need to convert. All kinds of negatives and slides. I had started scanning slides, but I can only scan 4 at a time. I will be following this post regarding the negatives.
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    Re: 35mm film negatives to digital ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas View Post
    The first dozen are big fun. Then I sent the next 200 off to India for scanning.
    Years ago, I bought a Nikon Coolscan V ED, thinking I was going to scan all my old film negatives and slides. If I had followed through with that, I'd still be working on it today! S-L-O-W...

    I think the ES-1 is the way to go!

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