Prosumer vs DSLR for copying slides

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by qwert2b2, Nov 6, 2005.

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    qwert2b2 Guest

    Greetings! I want to copy slides [few thousands] after projecting the
    slides on the screen. Which will be better? DSLR has one problem - one
    can not see the pictures in the LCD as one can see in the Prosumer P&S
    before taking the pictures. DSLR has the advantage of bigger image
    sensors? What is your opinion? With thanks.
    qwert2b2, Nov 6, 2005
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    dj_nme Guest

    It realy depends on if you already have one of the two cameras that you
    If you have one, try it and see how it goes (it won't cost you
    anything, except time).
    Otherwise a better suggestion is to get a scanner, there is less
    shot-to-shot setup, you don't need a projector or screen and so you can
    just step away from the computer if you are sick of digitising for the
    day without having to put them away.
    dj_nme, Nov 6, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    A slide scanner will outperform either of these options.
    Jim, Nov 6, 2005
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    Deedee Tee Guest

    You should definitely not take pictures of slides projected onto a
    screen, because this adds all sorts of degradation (parallax error,
    uneven illumination of the screen, physical defects of the screen,
    color offset etc.). Invest a little money in a simple slide
    duplication adapter to mount in front of your camera lens instead. If
    your camera can shoot macro pictures, buy a slide duplicator that does
    not contain additional lenses (in cheap duplicators, these lenses
    usually are of poor quality).

    You can also make your own duplicator. Basically, a duplicator is just
    a section of pipe to hold the slide at the right distance, a frame to
    hold a slide, and an opal glass (or perspex) in front to illuminate
    the slide evenly (opal glass is far better than ground glass). Always
    use the same light source once you have found the right colour

    A good POS with macro capabilities (i.e. practically all high end POS)
    will give you slide copies not much different from a DSLR. The lack of
    LCD preview is not an issue with DSLRs - just take one or more test
    shots. With a DSLR, you will also need a macro lens or a normal lens
    with a close-up add-on lens.
    Deedee Tee, Nov 6, 2005
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    Nick Fotis Guest


    Another option would be to use a full-frame DSLR and a slide-copier barrel.
    I have used this way with an 1Ds MkII, and it worked pretty well (and faster
    than a typical slide scanner).

    Of course, you must have extremely clean slides (ICE is very useful in a
    slide scanner).

    Nick Fotis, Nov 6, 2005
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