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Old Aug 24, 2010, 9:03 AM   #1
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Default El Cheapo slide(transparency) copier

I enjoy copying my old slides, some from over fifty years ago. To facillitate this, I built my own device to make this enjoyable. I'm enclosing a couple of photos for those of you who might want to do the same.

I bought a 2x1/4" chunk of ash for the job at Lowes. I hope the photos make sense and if not, I will try to answer your questions. I am using my Sony A200 with a Minolta 50mm f1.7 lens plus a half inch extension tube. I like to use subdued light indoors or out. I always use a sheet of white paper as a background. I like to stop down to f8 or greater to keep the image sharp. Since the camera and the slide move as one, shutter speeds of 1 sec. or longer, hand held are done with no blur. I have made similar rigs for point and shoot cameras and they have worked equally well. The camel hair brush on it's holder is for dusting the slides which is a definate must. The nylon tie wrap is used as a depth guage.
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Sony A57 with 18-55 kit lens, Sony A200 and Sony H70
50mm f3.5 Minolta Maxxum macro
24mm f2.8 Minolta Maxxum
100-300mm Minolta Maxxum APO Zoom
70-300 Sony apo G SSM Zoom

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Old Aug 24, 2010, 4:04 PM   #2
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It would be nice to see it with the camera mounted but then you may have only one camera!
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 9:06 PM   #3
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I made a similar device out of a cardboard tube. It fits snuggly over the lens. I made a slide mount on the opposite end. I use an x-ray viewbox as my light source.
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