DIY dia copy, the simple way.

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    I have about 600 slides from the years 1970-1985. Last year I borrowed a slidescanner to digitise the slides , but it was not a success. That machine gave an exception, and that would mean that I should update all the pictures again .
    A few weeks ago I saw this post that inspired me.
    I got the idea to use my PC-screen (white) as a light box , and to set the picture of the PC-screen as the White Balance.
    Then it is quite simple. I was satisfied about the first experiment.

    I made a holder for mass production.The holder consists of three small pieces plywood (glued), with the center is a few millimeters back, so that the slide can be pushed in. The photo shooting is such that the slide is full screen, so I do not need to cut. I set the camera in AV-mode with aperture = 5.6, shutter speed is automatically determined by the amount of light needed.
    I focussed once in live-mode. Pictures are shot with a remote control.
    Lights are out, in order to combat glare. But the PC screen provides enough light to work. In a few hours I made 175 slides.

    here are some results:

    To demonstrate the quality, I have the top picture zoomed to 100% (ie full size image; PICASA)

    LSpec, nitoru6, DeGenT, ItsyBitsyAmi, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Eric Dankbaar 39 months ago | reply

      De productie draait op volle toeren volgens mij.
      Je resultaten uit 1974 zien er keurig netjes uit, het licht van je scherm is perfect geschikt.
      Zie ik op deze foto de bekende "stick in a pot"?

    2. Atlimann 39 months ago | reply

      This is brilliant, what kind og lens did you use?

    3. gerdivinia 39 months ago | reply

      Camera: Canon EOS 500D
      Lens : EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM (macro)

    4. Bokang24 21 months ago | reply

      Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

    5. Richard Wintle 5 months ago | reply

      Very nice, thanks (that second photo in particular turned out beautifully - nice tones, sharpness, everything).

      I need to try this as I really want reproductions of my medium format negatives with the film rebate... which my local lab never includes!

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