Sunday, October 1, 2006
Slides To Digital
Duping with a D-SLR
One solution to this problem is the Novoflex Castel-COP-DIGI slide duplicator, coupled with any of three Novoflex focusing racks (the Castel-L, Castel-Q or Castel-mini). Mount your D-SLR (with macro lens) on the focusing rack and attach the duplicator's rails to the rack. Mount the slide to be copied on the duplicator's white diffusing panel (it accepts 35mm through 6x7cm slides). Move the panel toward or away from the camera along the rails (or move the camera toward or away from the diffusing panel using the focusing rack's precision-geared knobs) until the slide fills the frame or you've cropped it the way you want, then shoot.
You can mount the whole assembly on a tripod, but since the subject slide is firmly attached to the camera, camera shake isn't a problem. Any handy light source will do, from sun to electronic flash to tungsten, but be sure to set your camera's white balance accordingly. (You can also remove the diffusing panel from the duplicator and use the unit as a stand to hold a variety of macro subjects.)
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