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Old 02-06-2012, 02:58 AM
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Default Slide duplicator rather than scanner for 'scanning' Kodachrome?

Okay, so the difficulties in scanning Kodachrome are well-known. This makes me wonder if maybe there might be a better way. Specifically, I noticed that you can get a 'slide dupicator' for around $100 at B+H. It looks like you use it either in addition to or instead of a lens on an SLR. And if you use a DSLR, it would seem that this might allow for an easier (and quicker) alternative to using a film scanner to scan Kodachrome. And since you wouldn't have to deal with the fact that scanners are factory calibrated for E6, it would seem like you could avoid all the difficult color issues associated with scanning Kodachrome with a conventional scanner. Anyone tried this method?
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:46 AM
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There are some forums out there that deal with this task. One good one is here: http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php

Some other good sites with some info are http://www.scantips.com/es-1.html and http://www.sphoto.com/techinfo/dslrvsfilm.htm

It's a decent way to get the job done that does not require a huge outlay of cash. There are also some decent accessories you can buy that allow you to do this easily and consistently (a little stand that you mount your camera and place a slide for snapping a photo) and there are some decent little USB "scanners" that do the work for you (can find a lot out there but I've never looked at them.)

If you are not super critical and just want to get the job done, you should be able to do so using a decent digital camera. Good luck.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:48 AM
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My husband has a duplicator which attaches to a camera body. We tried it and I was not particularly happy with the results, especially sharpness fall-off at the edges. I can't say if all such devices will produce the same results, though.

When I wanted to seriously get into slide duplication to make the highest quality stereo slide dupes I could, I purchased the Beseler Dual-mode Slide Duplicator via ebay. Actually, I got two; the second because of its excellent Schneider APO duplicating lens, and in the bargain, plenty of spare duplicator parts! The total cost may have been around $250. With a little patience, old analog photo gear can go for a song.

I've been VERY happy with the quality of my dupes. Most cannot tell the difference between them and the originals.

Since I don't have a DSLR, I haven't tried this yet, but I've often thought that I should be able to make excellent "digital dupes" using the Beseler rig. As long as I get a camera which will operate with a traditional T-mount adapter, and not require some kind of electronic lens coupling. I just know if it is possible, this arrangement would give me a great deal of flexibility.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:30 PM
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There are some forums out there that deal with this task. One good one is here: http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php

Some other good sites with some info are http://www.scantips.com/es-1.html and http://www.sphoto.com/techinfo/dslrvsfilm.htm

It's a decent way to get the job done that does not require a huge outlay of cash. There are also some decent accessories you can buy that allow you to do this easily and consistently (a little stand that you mount your camera and place a slide for snapping a photo) and there are some decent little USB "scanners" that do the work for you (can find a lot out there but I've never looked at them.)

If you are not super critical and just want to get the job done, you should be able to do so using a decent digital camera. Good luck.
Good sources of information all (a lot of "mad scientists" out there in photo-land) but a great many of the posts are several years old. Has anyone here done any experimenting with newer equipment ( I see the Nikon D2X mentioned frequently)? My D800 arrived today...and I see KEH has some bellows and a few other odds and ends for sale...and my curiosity was sort of piqued...considering the size of my Kodachrome archive and the cost of drum scans...
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:29 PM
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