scanning with a DSLR negatives and slides

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Ever wondered what your going to do with all those old slides and negatives, well here’s how to scan them without spending a fortune, I show you how to make the holders and compare the results to a high end scanner

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lsolberg63 says:

What is the negative holder clamped to? thank you!

sldjfkjasdlfj says:

Same here; could you please do a video on the 700/750 Epson and your workflow when scanning medium format (6×6) if possible? And I really enjoy your videos; very helpful.

TeamCGS2005 says:

Have you seen the video on the first colour film Phill? This video reminded me of you but you may find it here: /watch?v=XekGVQM33ao

villainmack says:

that someone he is talking about is me also

villainmack says:

silides and negative b&w is easy to process, just invert color. but color negatives are painful really. proper white ballance is a must and photoshop settings. Anyone has any info about this subject?

Phillip McCordall says:

I have a Epson 750 pro flat bed with ice or wet scanning , it’s much better than shooting with a dslr but a completely different budget.

MALITHA8 says:

would greatly appreciate if you could do a video on the work flow when scanning negatives on your Pro flatbed scanner. planing to buy one.

MALITHA8 says:

Phill, since the scanner has a lot of features such as digital ICE to take care of the dust and scratches, would you prefer this method over the pro scanner you have? Just like to know your thoughts since I’m thinking of buying one.

Ray O says:

This is just what I was looking for, wonderful. Many thanks

Nati0us says:

baiiiiiiii

lyshaboy4 says:

Great video!! Thanks for sharing

Phillip McCordall says:

I’m sorry to disappoint you but there’s nothing special , there’s no DOF problem because you’re focusing on a flat surface, exposure guesswork, or if using continuous light auto. and white balance , depends on the lights being used, it’s much easier than you are thinking it is. I would suggest linking the camera too a computer and using live shooting.

93PGTKL says:

I hope the answers to these could help others as well as satisfy my curiosity: Any tips on setting the film or slide holder square to the lens? I’d imagine this would be one of the most critical parameters to getting a sharp image across the frame.
Also, I’m assuming you were stopping down to f/8 or so… or maybe further? What did you find got a workable DOF but still enough detail?
And for white balance, were you metering off your background card, or just using flash preset?
Great Vid!

Phillip McCordall says:

A set of non automatic extenders costs around £8 on ebay are you sure it’s worth the effort and risk of using a home made one.

rondacosta says:

well, I said I was going to make the extender, and it would be a tube that may require to be cut until I find a length that will provide room for proper manual focusing,,,,
and what really let me to ask you a suggested length question was the realization that you were using one of 13mm.  That reset my previous thinking of a long extender, was hoping for a more realistic size to start with based experience that I don’t have, The camera in question is not mine, can’t easily do trials. Thanks

Phillip McCordall says:

I’m afraid I can’t tell you that, it’s just a question of experimentation, I don’t understand why you are talking about cutting an extender as they exist in a kit of three sizes, I would try and see ,there’s no problem with removing the lens. I take mine off about 10 times a day.
Phill

rondacosta says:

What a discovery !!, your video. My daugther’s Nikon D7000 has only a Nikkor 18:200 zoon lens. Could you, PLEASE, make an educated guess as to the lens setting (min/max zoom) and the aproximated LENGTH of an extender that I intend to home-make to digitize 36mm slides?
I do not want to constantly expose the sensor while cutting/adapting the extender many times to find out that I had to take more than 90%,,,,,, Many, many thanks. ron.dacosta@gmail[.]com

Roland Helerand says:

TO: BirdOfParadise777
I have the same scanner, where I work, It´s PRO photo and slide scanner 😉

Phillip McCordall says:

It’s an external flash shining on to a white card

BirdOfParadise777 says:

Is the flash just the camera flash or lightbox flashing? Thanks:)

BirdOfParadise777 says:

The scanner is just a flatbed scanner or is it especially for scanning negatives?
Thank you for this! You’re a peach;)

Phillip McCordall says:

Thanks for the remark, it’s not how I think it’s how all photographers had to think !! All I can say is that I retired from photography and wanted a camera to play around with, having never used a digital before, I chose the 7d because it felt good in my hands, that’s the only reason.
For amateur or semi pro use it’s great, also has good video capabilities, I also prefer to have better lenses than an expensive body.
Phill

Simon Mwangi says:

I have been faithfully following your posts. I must say you are the best. How you think…. just amazes me. A by the way question: why do you use a 7D? Am torn in between 5D and 7D. Any advice?

Phillip McCordall says:

Thanks for the plug on google + Heidi, I’ll have to employ you as my publicity agent.:)
Phill

TeamCGS2005 says:

Of course, sorry about that (was a silly question to be honest).

Phillip McCordall says:

It’s fine on everything , the 7d is a aps-c sensor but it doesn’t really matter it’s more the megapixels within reason that counts and the final quality you require.
Phill

TeamCGS2005 says:

By the way Phill can this only work on a full frame camera or can other types (APS-C or 4 thirds) manage this technique as well? Cheers mate. Presumably you’ll get better results with the FF cameras because of the lack of 35mm conversion?

Phillip McCordall says:

Just invert them in photoshop, images/adjust/invert.
Phill

villainmack says:

Color negatives always has this inverting problem :S WHat we can do

TeamCGS2005 says:

Awesome I’ve loads of my dad’s 35mm slides, so this will be something I’ll be doing. Thanks Phill!

villainmack says:

Thank you Phill 🙂

allen4505 says:

Yes Phil, I’ve a number of slides that need to be digitalised. I’ve been thinking along the lines of a light box …. then you come along with a solution that is so simple, yet so effective… Just brilliant ~ Thanks

kuekuetube says:

Thanks, i think to do this for long time but do not start 🙂

Phillip McCordall says:

Just at the correct exposure, that’s all I can say ,it needs experimenting with.

kuekuetube says:

how flash you set up -2, -1, 0, +1, +2

andy mcwatters says:

clever great vid thanks

capodastaro says:

You made the wrong career choice, you should have been on Blue Peter instead!

titroxmexico says:

Master…¡¡¡ ….very clever. Thanks again.

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