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Jim
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      07-03-2005
Silly question I know.
I have just made a Heath Robinson gadget that fits on the front of my
Minolta Z10 so I can copy my many hundreds of 35mm colour slides on to my
hard drive and then on to CDs.
To my surprise it works perfect as the Z10 in macro will focus down to .5"
Only problem is that I need some diffuser material to place between the
slide and my light source which is the sky.
I am using it with a piece cut out of an ice cream carton and the results
are good but there is grainy stuff showing because of the impurity of the
plastic.
My question is what is the correct material that is used in the slide zoom
copiers.
What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser filter do the
job.
(Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
Any suggestion welcome.
Cheers.
Jim


 
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Malcolm Stewart
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      07-03-2005
"Jim" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> My question is what is the correct material that is used in the slide zoom
> copiers.
> What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser filter do

the
> job.
> (Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
> Any suggestion welcome.
> Cheers.
> Jim


If you're in the UK, I'd suggest getting a Jessops slide viewer and using
the plastic diffuser off that. (It pulls off on my copy.) Afraid it will
cost about twice that of your ice-cream.
(If you do go down this route, I'd like to know whether the slide is focused
correctly. Mine isn't - the lens isn't quite enough, so I'm about to do
some surgery aided with epoxy.)
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Ken Weitzel
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      07-03-2005


Malcolm Stewart wrote:

> "Jim" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>
>
>>My question is what is the correct material that is used in the slide zoom
>>copiers.
>>What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser filter do

>
> the
>
>>job.
>>(Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
>>Any suggestion welcome.
>>Cheers.
>>Jim

>
>
> If you're in the UK, I'd suggest getting a Jessops slide viewer and using
> the plastic diffuser off that. (It pulls off on my copy.) Afraid it will
> cost about twice that of your ice-cream.
> (If you do go down this route, I'd like to know whether the slide is focused
> correctly. Mine isn't - the lens isn't quite enough, so I'm about to do
> some surgery aided with epoxy.)


Hi...

Or if you're in Canada just buy yourself a 4 litre jug of
milk

After the youngsters finish up the milk cut the neck off
nice and square with an xacto knife and you'll have the
nicest light tent you could want.

Take care.

Ken

 
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Jim
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      07-03-2005
I'm in the UK Ken.
Your idea sounds good. There must be a lot of us Heath Robinsons around.
Saves a lot of money doesn't it.
Regards
Jim



"Ken Weitzel" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>
> Malcolm Stewart wrote:
>
>> "Jim" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>>
>>
>>>My question is what is the correct material that is used in the slide
>>>zoom
>>>copiers.
>>>What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser filter do

>>
>> the
>>
>>>job.
>>>(Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
>>>Any suggestion welcome.
>>>Cheers.
>>>Jim

>>
>>
>> If you're in the UK, I'd suggest getting a Jessops slide viewer and using
>> the plastic diffuser off that. (It pulls off on my copy.) Afraid it
>> will
>> cost about twice that of your ice-cream.
>> (If you do go down this route, I'd like to know whether the slide is
>> focused
>> correctly. Mine isn't - the lens isn't quite enough, so I'm about to do
>> some surgery aided with epoxy.)

>
> Hi...
>
> Or if you're in Canada just buy yourself a 4 litre jug of
> milk
>
> After the youngsters finish up the milk cut the neck off
> nice and square with an xacto knife and you'll have the
> nicest light tent you could want.
>
> Take care.
>
> Ken
>



 
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Frank ess
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      07-03-2005
Jim wrote:
> Silly question I know.
> I have just made a Heath Robinson gadget that fits on the front of
> my
> Minolta Z10 so I can copy my many hundreds of 35mm colour slides on
> to my hard drive and then on to CDs.
> To my surprise it works perfect as the Z10 in macro will focus down
> to .5" Only problem is that I need some diffuser material to place
> between the slide and my light source which is the sky.
> I am using it with a piece cut out of an ice cream carton and the
> results are good but there is grainy stuff showing because of the
> impurity of the plastic.
> My question is what is the correct material that is used in the
> slide
> zoom copiers.
> What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser
> filter
> do the job.
> (Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
> Any suggestion welcome.
> Cheers.
> Jim


Can you apply a little distance between the subject and the diffuser?
Faster shutter and wider f/stop to reduce depth of field?

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Bob Williams
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      07-04-2005


Jim wrote:
> Silly question I know.
> I have just made a Heath Robinson gadget that fits on the front of my
> Minolta Z10 so I can copy my many hundreds of 35mm colour slides on to my
> hard drive and then on to CDs.
> To my surprise it works perfect as the Z10 in macro will focus down to .5"
> Only problem is that I need some diffuser material to place between the
> slide and my light source which is the sky.
> I am using it with a piece cut out of an ice cream carton and the results
> are good but there is grainy stuff showing because of the impurity of the
> plastic.
> My question is what is the correct material that is used in the slide zoom
> copiers.
> What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser filter do the
> job.
> (Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
> Any suggestion welcome.
> Cheers.
> Jim
>
>


Do not use the sky as your light source. It is way too blue.
Place a piece of White Foamboard or a piece of plywood painted with PURE
WHITE Flat Paint in direct sunlight. Set up your camera a few feet from
the white surface and use the reflected light as your light source.
That matches the color temperature of sunlight very closely. It also
provides a nice, even, diffused light source for your slide copier.
Bob Williams

 
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Tony
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      07-04-2005
You can get a milky mylar sheet at any art supply house. This has a
specific name but right at the moment I'm having a senior moment as to what
it is. Be sure to set it far enough away from the plane of focus (the slide
you are duping) that any grain to it will not show up - consequently you
will need a lot more that 1 by 1.5 inches of the stuff. Last time I bought
it a 16x20 sheet was a few dollars. It can also be used to diffuse a point
light source for many shots, but you have to keep it away from any bulbs.

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"Jim" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> Silly question I know.
> I have just made a Heath Robinson gadget that fits on the front of my
> Minolta Z10 so I can copy my many hundreds of 35mm colour slides on to my
> hard drive and then on to CDs.
> To my surprise it works perfect as the Z10 in macro will focus down to .5"
> Only problem is that I need some diffuser material to place between the
> slide and my light source which is the sky.
> I am using it with a piece cut out of an ice cream carton and the results
> are good but there is grainy stuff showing because of the impurity of the
> plastic.
> My question is what is the correct material that is used in the slide zoom
> copiers.
> What is it called and can it be bought. Would a Kokin diffuser filter do

the
> job.
> (Yes I did wash the ice cream out first)
> Any suggestion welcome.
> Cheers.
> Jim
>
>



 
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Father Kodak
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      07-04-2005
On Sun, 3 Jul 2005 21:58:19 +0100, "Jim" <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>I'm in the UK Ken.
>Your idea sounds good. There must be a lot of us Heath Robinsons around.
>Saves a lot of money doesn't it.


OK. I'm a "yank." So who/what is "Heath Robinson?" In the USA, we
used to have a company that sold Heathkits. Way back when, I built
several Heathkit radios. Good way to develop soldering skills.
 
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Jim
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      07-04-2005

"Father Kodak" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 3 Jul 2005 21:58:19 +0100, "Jim" <(E-Mail Removed)>
> wrote:
>
>>I'm in the UK Ken.
>>Your idea sounds good. There must be a lot of us Heath Robinsons around.
>>Saves a lot of money doesn't it.

>
> OK. I'm a "yank." So who/what is "Heath Robinson?" In the USA, we
> used to have a company that sold Heathkits. Way back when, I built
> several Heathkit radios. Good way to develop soldering skills.



Heath Robinson was a artist and cartoonist (1872-1944)
He specialised in drawing cartoons of crazy inventions with his vivid
imagination.
So any gadgets that are made up of bits & pieces etc are described as Heath
Robinson.
Type Heath Robinson in Google to see what I mean.
Cheers.
Jim.


 
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ASAAR
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      07-04-2005
On Mon, 4 Jul 2005 11:38:12 +0100, Jim wrote:

> Heath Robinson was a artist and cartoonist (1872-1944)
> He specialised in drawing cartoons of crazy inventions with his vivid
> imagination.
> So any gadgets that are made up of bits & pieces etc are described as Heath
> Robinson.



The equivalent in the USA would be the convoluted devices drawn by
the famous cartoonist (at least here) Rube Goldberg. He was a
contemporary of Heath Robinson but slightly younger, and didn't
start drawing his odd devices until fairly late in his life.

> Rube Goldberg
> (4/7/1883 - 7/12/1970, USA)
>
> http://www.lambiek.net/goldberg_r.htm


 
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