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Slide copier

TonyCr Avatar
TonyCr 5 1
17 Sep 2020 2:37PM
The existing queries on this are a bot out of date. has anyone advice for purchasing a slide scanner/copier at a modest price. I have on old Optiflex but it does not work on Windows 10
dark_lord Avatar
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
17 Sep 2020 9:21PM
Look at the Plustek range of dedicated film scanners. They're the only current new ones available a far as I know as Nikon stopped making their Coolscan range a while ago.
I understand some Epson flatbeds can scan film, with the benefit of being able to scan larger than 35 mm if that's an issue.

Slide copiers allow you to use your DSLR but I wouldn't recommend them for serious work.

But see if Vuescan software supports your old scanner first.
LenShepherd Avatar
LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2020 8:28AM

Quote:The existing queries on this are a lot out of date.

As you say - the link is out of date - so why a slide scanner if you have a macro lens?

Using a modern DSLR with 1:1 macro lens well exceeds the ability of "historical dedicated" scanners from Minolta and Nikon.

As the image information is recorded on your camera no dedicated scanner software is required.

For slides Nikon users can use the ES-1 that costs less than £100 combined with a 60mm macro lens.
Sylviwhalley Avatar
18 Sep 2020 10:49AM
I have taken photos of the slides using a light box, I made a black mount to block out any light from around the slide then took macro photos of just the slide, ( with a Canon SX60 HS) then edited them in PS, You can see some of the results on page 8 of my portfolio, Mountain shots which my Dad too about 50 years ago.
bornstupix2 Avatar
bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
19 Sep 2020 9:31PM
It depends on what you intend to do with the images once copied....if you want archival digital images of old serious film images most of the cheaper copy solutions are pointless. There is then a sliding scale from the complex system of old scsi cards into old pcs to use the very cheap used minolta scanners which are to be found in all the usual ebay type sites thru to buying an led sunken light fitting and mounting it on a bench or tripod at a slight angle to rest mounted slides on (up to 6x6 in my case) and shooting with a 60mm nikon micro. I also use this lens on my D800 with the nikon es-2 copier. The quality you require is going to be the yard stick as used Nikon scanners bring high prices with little chance of repair when faulty. If you fail to fix some level of expectation to the whole issue you will finish up disappointed and a good deal poorer than when you started.....I offer this as a fair view of what happened to me after windows 10 rendered my beautiful Minolta Dimage Scan Multi 2 into a virtual ornament ......good hunting....stuart
TonyCr Avatar
TonyCr 5 1
5 Oct 2020 3:55PM
Thank you to everyone who responded. All were very helpful and I am sorry to have taken so long to respond. In the end I had a look at Vuescan but was not entirely satisfied with the results for the money. I already have a Plustek scanner and using Vuescan had established it was working OK so I paid up for an upgrade to my SilverFast and am very impressed with the results. Not so many options (in terms of film adaptations) as the original but they are not needed as the program does it automatically. (I have slides dating back to the 70s mainly Agfa, Kodachrome and Ektachrome). I use Affinity Photo for the photo editing (especially the black ,marks and scratches over the years)


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