Possible to use 40mm with Nikon z5/z6 and ES-2 Film Digitizer?

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Michael Benveniste
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Re: Possible to use 40mm with Nikon z5/z6 and ES-2 Film Digitizer?

GillMan wrote:

I really don't want dish out the cash for a 60mm lens, which I know is what you would typically use with full-frame for this purpose. Is there any way I could use my existing 40mm lens and still get the extra resolution provided by the Z5/6 sensor?

TL;DR -- not worth the effort.
The main issue you'd face is that the 40mm isn't designed to illuminate the full Z5 or Z6 sensor.  I think you could use a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter to expand the image to nearly cover the frame, I see at least 2-3 problems with that "solution:"

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The Kenko TC may or may not be compatible.  While I have an older Kenko 1.4x, and it works with my 18-105mm and 55-200mm DX lenses, I don't have a 40mm to try it with.

-- Teleconverters are designed for longer lenses.  While you'd record more pixels, the optical quality would likely suffer.

-- A new Kenko 1.4x teleconverter is roughly the same price as a 60mm f/2.8D.

Another thing to think about is that even the best gear can only work with what you start out with.  Given the realities of old slides, I'm not sure that 24 megapixels is going to give you significantly more to work with than the 10.9 megapixels you get in crop mode.
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