Photographing 35mm slides and negatives

Sometimes I read an article in a magazine and it makes me re-evaluate where Saturn Films 1969 ranks in the scanning world. One such article leapt out of the pages of NPhoto magazine. It was relevant because it was about copying 35mm slides and negatives so I was interested. I am always on the lookout for new improved technology in the slide scanning world.
The article is on page 110 of Nphoto magazine issue 87, August 2018 and it is about the Nikon Film Digitizing adapter ES-2.
The article describes slide scanning utilizing the kits bits of plastic to mount your slides or negatives – and then to photograph them using a D850. The disadvatages were the need for an expensive quality camera and lens aside from the kit. Also the need for lighting and practice with the method. If you want to try it I won’t discourage you, its a great learning exercise, albeit and expensive one …. and without some serious input you will never get great results.
To be fair to the author he did suggest alternatives using a ‘quality’ flatbed scanner from the likes of Epson or Plustek.
Now this is why I could cry ! Nikon produced, far and away, the best slide and negative (non-drum) scanning machines in the underated Coolscan 4000 and the fantastic Coolscan 5000. They stopped manufacturing them early in the 2000’s and what a pity that was. Today these machines can be picked up on Ebay but they are sought after and do not come cheap.
It is ironic that this article was inspired by a piece of Nikon kit that I would not consider using, one that would replace one of Nikons best ever products.
If you want to do your own scans where you get good consistent lighting across the image, where the lens is focussed, where there is automated dust and scratch reduction – then use a calibrated Nikon Coolscan and do it properly.

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