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Old May 29, 2005, 10:07 PM   #1
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Greetings;
I recently purchased the Sigma 105 EX macro lens. One of the things I wanted to do with it is copy and reprint some archival family photos. Is a lens mounted ring flash a reasonable lighting source for this task? Any hints greatly appreciated.

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Old May 30, 2005, 12:02 AM   #2
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Why not just photo copy them? Modern digital photocopiers can scan them and store them to a disk. The newer color photocopiers have amazing resolution also. You can probably have it all done cheaper than the cost of a new ring flash, at most office supply stores.
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Old May 30, 2005, 9:21 AM   #3
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Is a lens mounted ring flash a reasonable lighting source for this task?
Not really IMO. The camera will pick the glare from the flash.
I do this often, the best result is 2 fluorescent lamp at 45 degrees each side, cheap solution. Put your money in macro lenses if necessary.
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Old Jun 1, 2005, 2:51 AM   #4
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I copied all my old family photos using an Epson scanner. It can scan prints, negatives, and slides and does and excellent job with all three. I stored them on CD's which I copied sending the copies to my daughter for safekeeping. It was a lot easier to copy photos this way than using a copystand or a tripod.
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 8:38 AM   #5
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Hi - I agree with the advice given regarding scanning in the old photos. If they are in black and white, set your scanner to 256 grayscale and you will get excellent results - any imperfections can then be cleaned up in photoshop-type software and you will be able to size them and print them as desired.

I have scanned in horrendously poor and water damaged black and white photos and been able to restore them through this process - even the ones with the most damage were printable and the quality was more than sufficient for family records.

I have an Epson scanner at home and a HP at work. Either has worked well.

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