Photographing old negatives / workflow

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JohnXTanner Forum Member • Posts: 61
Re: Photographing old negatives / workflow

I use an Ohnar slide copier and Adobe s/w, so mostly different from you.

But some points apply to both of us.

  1. It may be obvious, but turn off IS/VR in the camera. Not necessary here.
  2. What light source will you use? The Ohnar device is effectively quite a small aperture, so I still have exposures in seconds even when using a bright LED as the source (I worry slightly about the white balance of this source, but not enough to do anything about it).
  3. Kodachrome produces some quite odd colours - this may relate to the point above.
  4. My old slides and negatives tend to be quite dirty. You might want to consider cleaning them first. (Some scanners used infra-red light to detect dirt, I think, but the rephotographing approach won't have this).
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