Old 03-01-2008, 05:00 PM   #1
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I hate scanning slides. No, let me rephrase that. I really hate scanning slides! The scanner I have is slow and can only do one slide at a time. Although the scans are sharp, the colors are sometimes off and I end up spending a lot of time playing with them in Photoshop. While that is fun for some, there are other things I'd rather be doing.

A few months ago I had some friends over for a slide show. My five-year old son (already an avid railfan) picked up my DSLR and started taking photos of the projected slides. He was having fun, so why not.

That night, I looked at some of his photos. They weren't half bad!

Could taking photos of projected slides be the answer...

I've been experimenting with the process for a few weeks. Here is one of the results...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=225373&nseq=0

The camera is tripod mounted. I use an ISO of 200 with the camera on manual. I keep the apeture at f.9 and ended up with an exposure in the 2 second range. Occasionally I might have to do a quick tune up in Photoshop, but I've been able to "scan" an 80-slide carousel in about five minutes.

If you're like me and really hate scanning slides, give it a try!

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Old 03-01-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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Wait, this is genius! Especially when you look at the shot with the EXIF:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...xif=1#exifshow

Taken in 1998...with a Maxxum 5D?!?!? Expect people to accuse you of time travel!

Nice shot, BTW...
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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Used to do that thirty years ago to get black and white prints of my slides.

I was never successful however... in hindisght, should have projected onto a wall, not a screen. The screen had slight puckering/wrinkling, which would cause depth of field issues in that low light.
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:02 PM   #4
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I've never tried one, but I have seen a device on eBay that connects to your lens and holds the slide... you provide a light source.

Looked neat, but I never got into slides. I looked at these for my dad a few years back.

I just did a search for "slide lens duplicator" check description... many hits.

Anyone out these ever use one?

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Old 03-01-2008, 06:31 PM   #5
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My dad had one of those duplicators. Either he didn't know what he was doing, or the thing was useless. The sharpest dupe was soft, and most were unusable.
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I have a slide duplicator, but never really got to grips with it. Everything tended to turn out too contrasty using a flash gun to illuminate the slide and too hit and miss using daylight. It is much easier to use a scanner, one scan and its done, even if it is not the fastest process on earth. You could spend the same amount of time and more fiddling about trying to get a decent result from the duplicator.

BurghMan's idea does sound like a good one, we have all the kit so might give it a try some time. Personally speaking I don't HATE scanning, just don't have the time to do as much as I would like. Though having said that I currently have a backlog of rough scans to process which have been on hold whilst I sort out the photos that we have taken in the past month.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:48 PM   #7
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I've never tried one, but I have seen a device on eBay that connects to your lens and holds the slide... you provide a light source.

Looked neat, but I never got into slides. I looked at these for my dad a few years back.

I just did a search for "slide lens duplicator" check description... many hits.

Anyone out these ever use one?

thanks,
Jeff
I have one of these. I picked up mine at a camera shop for around $70. Here are a couple of samples (keep in mind that I'm using a 5 megapixel P&S for these). The photos produced are good enough for web use and with a DSLR I'm sure you can produce good 1024x683 images from the slide.

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Old 03-01-2008, 07:49 PM   #8
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Slide scanning is slow-bordering-on-tedious, to be sure. But even an old slide/neg scanner like my Nikon LS-2000 (picked up cheep on eBay) and Digital ICE produces vastly better results than any other method I know (except sending them out to a professional service with an even better scanner--in which case you pay for someone else's tedium). I just can't see the tradeoffs being worth it.

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