Sunday, October 1, 2006
Slides To Digital
Duping with a D-SLR
Most longtime film photographers who want to convert slides and negatives into digital images do it by using a film scanner. Scanners offer high resolution (a 4000-dpi scanner turns a 35mm slide into a 21-megapixel digital image) and versatility (including built-in dust and scratch reduction, color restoration, grain management and even dynamic range-expansion features), along with settings optimized for color slides, color negatives and black-and-white films.
But there's another handy way to turn your slides (and negatives) into digital images: copy them using a slide copier and a digital SLR. Inexpensive slide duplicators that attach to the camera body or lens have long been popular with film photographers and work well with full-frame D-SLRs. The drawback is that D-SLRs with smaller than full-frame image sensors (all current ones except the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS 5D) will crop the slide; you won't be able to copy the entire slide with a simple duplicator.
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