Bypassing scanners by photographing slides?

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Wayne Larmon
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Bypassing scanners by photographing slides?
Jun 22, 2011

I'm working my way though my family's collection of slides, but recently had a bad experience with a scanner
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1018&message=38716301

I've seen on other forums that a few people recommend shooting slides (and negatives) with a DSLR as an alternative to scanning. But in most cases this either involved fabricating some kind of slide/negative mounting jig, or adapting parts from an old enlarger (that I don't have)

But I just saw a reference to this commercial slide/lens adapter:

Xtend-a-Slideā„¢ Plus slide and film conversion system
http://photosolve.com/main/product/xtendaslide/index.html

Does anybody have experience with this product? Or any similar products? I was looking at mounting one on a Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon 60D. I have the 60D but don't have the 60mm lens yet. (I was sort of looking at buying the macro lens anyway because I am also photographing artwork and my zoom lenses are sub-optimal at photographing artwork.)

I have a lot of 35mm slides that are a mixture of "full frame" 35mm and also "crop" APS slides. Right now I'm using an Epson V600 flatbed, but wanted to see if I can get a sharper capture than what I can get with my V600. And maybe better DMax--the V600 doesn't seem to return many bits of shadow tonality.

Or should I just try for another Plustek 7600i scanner and hope I get a working one?

Wayne

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