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Slide Copying/Duplicating with a Nikon D200

Mark D. Raab , Jan 10, 2017; 02:42 p.m.

I have been involved in photography for many years and before going obtaining my digital camera I had accumulated thousands of 35mm slides which I want to digitize. Scanners are to expensive and take far to long to scan so I am trying to find the best way to shoot these slides with my D200.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on the best techniques and equipment would be best to accomplish this.
Thanks much


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Ellis Vener , Jan 10, 2017; 04:07 p.m.

I have tried a few different pieces of equipment and techniques to do this over the years.

Here is my current set up Canon 5DS (full frame) Nikon PB-6 bellows Rodenstock APO-Rodagon D 75mm f/4 lens Nikon PS-6 film holder Savage Luminous PRO LED panel (set to full brightness and 5600K)

All of this (bellows rig and light) are mounted on a single long rail to keep everything aligned

For your APS-C format camera I recommend you change the lens to the Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-S Micro-Nikkor

A quick overview of my technique

Shoot raw and manual exposure mode.

Use the PS-6 movable stage to shoot the slide in overlapping quadrants

Bracket exposures from each quadrant from -2 to +2 in one strop increments and combine using a mild HDR Technique

Stitch the four quadrants together.

For the HDR and Stiching software I am using Lightroom cc 2015.8's Photomerge tools.

Once combined I use lightroom's develop tools to make any adjustments

Martin Dake , Jan 10, 2017; 04:10 p.m.

I found these articles very useful when I was researching the same thing.


The simplest solution is to buy a 60mm Micro Nikkor and an ES-1 slide copy attachment.
I have a D200 and D90 and a 55mm Micro Nikkor with Nikon M2 and K1-5 extensions.
I did not want to spend a lot of money and a PB4 Bellows unit goes for a lot of money but it is probably the simplest solution.
Even the Nikon ES-1 Slide Copy adapter is $60 and while it works for slides it does not really work for negatives without modification.
I decided to see what I could do with what I had on hand and for little additional cash spending.

I cobbled together what I had on hand and a Nikon Es-28 slide/negative holder. I ended up with my Nikon D90 with the M2 extension and my Nikkor Micro 55mm. I adapted the ES-28 to the front of my lens with a 49mm and 55M-55M filter adapter. I found this put the slide to close to the camera and would not focus without cropping so I used a couple of K tubes between the lens and slide holder to put the focus point further out.

The reason why I went with the Nikon ES-28 is it comes with both a slide holder and a 35mm film strip holder for negatives, I wanted to digitize negatives as well. The ES-28 can be picked up very cheap, I got mine new for $9 plus shipping. The ES-28 was made to attach to the front of an early Nikon point and shoot but it was perfect for what I needed once I adapted it for my needs.

Just a note...
My 55mm Micro Nikkor is Non AI which is a no no on a Nikon digital DSLR; however, my M2 tube while technically pre AI is quite safe to use on a Nikon DSLR.
Plenty of other lenses will do the same thing, even old 35-70 or kit lenses can be used just by extending either the lens from body or slide adapter from lens. Many even reverse a normal lens to accomplish macro capability.

I have an Epson scanner that I have used and still use for medium and large format but for 35mm using a DSLR is so much faster.
Good luck

Edward Ingold , Jan 10, 2017; 04:32 p.m.

In order to copy slides with a D200 (1.5x crop), you need a closeup lens capable of reproducing at a 1:1.5 level.

My setup is for a full-frame camera (Sony A7Rii), using a Novoflex Nikon to Sony adapter, Nikon 55/2.8 Micro Nikkor (1:2), a Nikon PK13 extension tube to achieve up to 1:1 magnification, and a Nikon ES-1 Slide Copying Attachment, which attaches to the 52 mm filter thread of the lens. The A7Rii has more than enough dynamic range for slides without resorting to multiple exposures or HDR. I have a Nikon LS4000 scanner, but results from this setup are as good or better in a fraction of the time.

To reduce the magnification to 1:1.5, you would also need extension tubes between the filter ring and the ES-1. Nikon made a set of "K" rings for this purpose, which are available used. There may be other brands too.

Since the entire assembly is locked together, you don't need a tripod or a fast shutter speed. For light, I use a daylight type LED bulb in a desk lamp, which gives good results. I use a shutter speed of about 1/4" (aperture priority) at f/5.6 and ISO 400.

In order to achieve grain-sharp copies, you need a resolution of about 24 MP (or more). The D200 is a bit challenged in this respect.

Hector Javkin , Jan 10, 2017; 04:32 p.m.

The easiest and least expensive way to do this is with a slide duplicating attachment that attaches to the front of a close-focusing lens. You will need a light source, and for repeatable results it is best to use a flash unit. An inexpensive (non-TTL) flash will do. You may be able to find everything you need on Craig's List or that auction site which I don't know if we're allowed to mention. Some older and cheaper duplicators (mine cost $20 new thirty years ago) come with their own lens, typically with a fixed aperture of f/11 or smaller. They attach to the camera mount via a T-ring adapter. The lenses on these aren't great, but the results are not as bad as one might expect.

Wow! You had a bunch of answers while I answered a phone call. I hope all the replies help.

Martin Dake , Jan 10, 2017; 04:37 p.m.

The problem with the old cheap slide duplicators from years ago is they will crop a 35mm slide if used on an APS-C camera like a Nikon D200 as they were made for full frame 35mm; not to mention the poor optics contained within them.

Martin Dake , Jan 10, 2017; 05:00 p.m.

Here is a picture of my setup, mounted on my D200.
The film strip holder is at the side and the slide holder mounted in the adapter.

Martin Dake , Jan 10, 2017; 05:03 p.m.

Try that again for the picture...

D200 Slide Copier

Rodeo Joe , Jan 10, 2017; 05:43 p.m.

I've recently seen many self- contained duplicators around used - or even brand new in original box. They're usually designated as "zoom" slide duplicators under various different brand names. "Panagor", "Ohnar" and "Bush & Meissner" spring to mind, but they're all of the same design and quite likely from the same factory. They take a T2 mount and have the advantage of being simple to use once set up.

The inbuilt lens isn't that great, but usually adequate to resolve the film grain/dye globules.

Once focus is adjusted by means of a sliding tube and lock-screw, all that's needed is to point the camera and duplicator at a light source and press the button. No need to worry about camera movement since the whole thing sits rigidly on the lensmount.

Expect to pay between £5 and £10 UK, that's around $7 to $14 US. However a Nikon T2 adapter will likely cost you more!

Martin Dake , Jan 10, 2017; 05:56 p.m.

I have several of the self-contained slide duplicators mentioned by Rodeo Joe but probably by different names.
While these are simple to use they will crop on a APS-C camera to were you only get the center 66% of your slide. Even though they are "Zoom" the zoom goes the wrong way and crops even more.
The reason for this is they were made to use on 35mm film cameras.
There are newer recreations of these self contained units of varying quality that would work on APS-C sized cameras but I doubt the objects are as good as a regular lens.

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