Slide/Film Copier Adapter

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DI_Jeff Regular Member • Posts: 100
Slide/Film Copier Adapter

Has anyone had only success with a slide/film copier adapter that mounts to your lens of your 20D/30D?

I have a large amount of negative film that I want to convert to digital for archiving past memories. I already have a 4800x9600 dpi film scanner, good results but why to slow (I even use a lesser dpi to speed the process). I only need a 2400x3600 total resolution for a 35mm negative. I would be willing to sacrafice speed for qaulity.

If you have had good success, please share the brand and model number and what lens do you use to capture the full frame.

Thanks.

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perbo Regular Member • Posts: 496
Re: Slide/Film Copier Adapter

Hi, I "copied" some slides with a 20D + 100 macro.

For the light I used an off-camera flash - results are better than with my old epson scanner but be prepared for low dinamic range photos, since camera sensors are worse than slide or negative films.
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pdqgp Forum Pro • Posts: 10,607
They work great!

I've posted here before regarding my uses.

Here's a link to the 20D and my Promaster unit.
http://www.pbase.com/pdqgp/20d_slide_copy_adapter

My promaster unit was set up with a 52mm ring adapter and just so happend to fit my 50mm lens. You can order them in different sizes though.

I use a small light box for my light source. Easy to use, battery powered, bright, even and diffused well. Everything is very compact.

Here's a link where I used a similar item on my Nikon 995. The light box is pictured here too.
http://www.pbase.com/pdqgp/nikon_slide_copy_adapter

Email or post back if you have any questions. The key to this is cleaning the slides well and of course you're limited to some extent by how well the original images appear to have been taken.

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morris Forum Pro • Posts: 74,668
Re: They work great!

What do you do to subtract out the base color from print film?

Thank you,

Morris

pdqgp Forum Pro • Posts: 10,607
I'm dumb....

Hi Morris....not sure I understand. My apologies. What do you mean by subtract out base color from print film?

morris wrote:

What do you do to subtract out the base color from print film?

Thank you,

Morris

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DI_Jeff OP Regular Member • Posts: 100
Re: They work great!

Is there an adapter for color negative film?

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pdqgp Forum Pro • Posts: 10,607
hmmm

not sure if there is one specifically for the 20d. I did use the system show in on my pbase site for the Nikon 995 for negatives. Worked pretty well for what I had....again, my film shots weren't great, but some were worth keeping.

I don't have my 995 or it's adapter with me to know for sure...but I may have it back soon. I love the camera and that set up. I gave it to my brother in law who has since added several cameras to his set ups and they are visiting us now. I am going to have him send it back to me to use again and will advise if the negative film adapter fits my 20D / Promaster set up.

DI_Jeff wrote:

Is there an adapter for color negative film?

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Lenny7 Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: They work great!

DI_Jeff wrote:

Is there an adapter for color negative film?

The CoolPix 995 had settings specifically for copying slides & negs. For negs you use the color inverse setting for copying negatives. The slide copy adapter for the CP995 (ES-E28) will not work for the the Canon SLRs. It has 31mm threads to thread onto the CP995 lens. You'd also have to be able to focus at about 1.25 inches. The CP995 is a pretty slick, powerful digicam that I still use regularly today, even though it's over 5 years old. If it ever dies, I'll be looking for another one.

pdqgp Forum Pro • Posts: 10,607
Re: They work great!

yes, but I bet the negative film holder will fit in the promaster adapter I have. I'll know shortly. The inverse setting can be had in various third party software.

Lenny7 wrote:

DI_Jeff wrote:

Is there an adapter for color negative film?

The CoolPix 995 had settings specifically for copying slides &
negs. For negs you use the color inverse setting for copying
negatives. The slide copy adapter for the CP995 (ES-E28) will not
work for the the Canon SLRs. It has 31mm threads to thread onto
the CP995 lens. You'd also have to be able to focus at about 1.25
inches. The CP995 is a pretty slick, powerful digicam that I still
use regularly today, even though it's over 5 years old. If it ever
dies, I'll be looking for another one.

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Paul Stricklin Contributing Member • Posts: 900
Re: They work great!

Visit Vue Print (www.hamrick.com/)and then bye the nice program which includes a scanner scripting program that includes over 100 film base corrections. even if you don't or can't use the scanner program the film base corrrections will spoil you. The program has a batch mode capability that will allow you to process and entire set of captured images unatended. When scanning film strips use the batch mode if possible. Using a digital camera will work with anyone of several copiers. Check Adorama online for several options. You will sacrifice a good deal of dynamic range but as you noted you don't always need it. Please note that you can use multiple copies of critical images at different exposure levels and Vue Print can combine them and do noise reduction at the same time. The program has been around for many years and has done great things for my scanned slides and films strips.

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pikeface Contributing Member • Posts: 529
Re: They work great!

I had the idea some time back to get a slide copier, after some surfing I found that there are quite a few copiers for Canon, try ebay. You may also find this link helpfull -:

http://www.ephotozine.com/techniques/viewtechnique.cfm?recid=269

I do note that you have a scanner already but you don't say what one.

In the end I bought a second hand Nikon Cool Scan (Ls20) for £50, it does neg and slide about 1min per slide, I don't remember how long for 35mm negs but it done 6 at a time.

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morris Forum Pro • Posts: 74,668
Re: They work great!

Thank you Paul.

This looks like a fine solution.

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morris Forum Pro • Posts: 74,668
Re: I'm dumb....

Tim,

The base color is the orange mask they put on color negative film. If you simply invert this you get a blue tint to the photos.

Morris

pdqgp Forum Pro • Posts: 10,607
ok...

I see...as the other poster(s) noted, there are several software options to invert negatives. I think you'll find the appications friendly and good to use.

As I've said, most all of my work with negatives and slides have turned out wonderful. Well worth the say $60 in hardware and few bucks in software.

Keep us posted on your results, etc. Love to see some shots.

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