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Slides to digital?

I have been asked by a friend where is the best place to have medium format and 35mm slides copied to digital (DVD?) I see a number of people on Paul's thread mentioned medium format etc and wondered if any one has experience or can recommend an outlet? Many thanks Ed
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Re: Slides to digital?

Some years ago, but I used Mr Scan for a bulk load of 35mm slides-to-digital. No problems as far as I recall; they were quite fast, not outrageously priced, and the files on disc were fine. Not sure if they handle medium format.
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Re: Slides to digital?

I have an OM Bellows unit with Slide Copy attachment. MF (6x45 & 6x6) can be done on a light box.

It's fine for a small number of slides, but for bulk work, people buy a slide digitiser from from eBay do the job then re-sell them.
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Re: Slides to digital?

Some years ago i bought a Nikon scanner on eBay with the intention of scanning my slides and then selling it on. I've done the scanning but haven't tried to sell it yet!
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Re: Slides to digital?

This is my setup:

http://www.photomacrography.net/foru...=113545#113545

I get the impression that any commercial service may provide rather low resolution but I have not looked into this. Perhaps this is not an issue?

The biggest concern is cleaning any dust off the transparencies. I don't know if digital clean-up software can now do this.

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Re: Slides to digital?

My setup is very similar, but with an OM 80mm f/4 Bellows macro lens.

I use DxO Optics Pro for fine dust and LR with the mask that shows the spots turned on.

A good powerful blower is essential.
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Re: Slides to digital?

Tetanal Film Cleaner will remove grease.

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Re: Slides to digital?

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I would now use a Printing Nikkor, which was designed specifically for copying film frames for MGM, etc., leaving no detail unrecorded. This is probably not an affordable option for this purpose but mine were obtained for macro.

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...wondered if any one has experience or can recommend an outlet?
http://www.peak-imaging.com/htmls/custom_scanning.htm
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Re: Slides to digital?

Nikon and Minolta film scanners offer a batch processing option, so you would just have to load the slides and let the scanner get on with the job.

The Nikon LS9000C medium format scanner takes eight 35 mm slides in a batch, the Minolta and Nikon 35 mm scanners take four.

It's still a slow and laborious job though.
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Re: Slides to digital?

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I cobbled together something similar using a third-party OM bellows and slide copier attachment, and a 50mm f/3.5 OM macro lens on my E-M5. Rather than flash I found a small white LED panel on eBay (99p including shipping from China!) which I mounted behind the diffuser on the copier. It is very bright and has the advantage that you can easily compose and focus etc, set a custom white balance, and expose all with the same lighting conditions.

I have a Nikon slide scanner but it's broken - and in any case it was very slow.
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