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Old Mar 19, 2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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This side copier was made from a single slat purchased from Home Depot for under three dollars. I use a Minolta 50mm f3.5 Macro lens on my Sony a57.

For a light source I use an all white desktop on my monitor.

The image below is a copy of a 42 year old Kodachrome slide of my wife.

The camera is firmly attached to the copier. The rig is just sitting on the tripod for the purpose of taking the photograph.
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Old Mar 19, 2015, 4:47 PM   #2
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G'day mate

10/10 .... I'm also a DIY fella and to see this - great!!
The results are obviously worth the effort

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Hi,
I'm always in for the DIY approach, here's a copier that I made around 2005-6,
My project took more time to produce than Streets effort, it does a great job ... 3X optical zoom gets rid of any vignetting and produces a sharp full frame pic
I used it to convert 2-3 shoe boxes of slides to digital format, sadly a lot of the slides had suffered some chemical deterioration, I was unable to correct colours( see attached shot). light source is simply achieved by pointing at the sky away from the sun.
Results were far better than using a scanner/slide copier, and much quicker, I could process 36 slides in 20 minutes or so.
For info this project was put together using bits an pieces I had to hand, mainly stepping rings etc. and luckily a good quality two element 10X supplementary lens, all came from a job lot of items in a photographic shop sale. .... Jack
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Nice looking rig. Looks a lot more professional than mine. My Sony a57 with the 50mm Macro will cover the entire slide with even more enlargement available. Your results look very good. A camera having a higher pixel count can only make them even better.
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Nice looking rig. Looks a lot more professional than mine. My Sony a57 with the 50mm Macro will cover the entire slide with even more enlargement available. Your results look very good. A camera having a higher pixel count can only make them even better.
Thanks ... I always think a lick of paint helps things look more pro, but if something will do the job cheaply and easily, what does it matter. ... Jack
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