The macro that isn't a macro!

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The macro that isn't a macro!

Post by arlon »

I wanted to copy some old family slides so I made a fixture to use my 55mm micro nikkor to take some "macro" shots of the old slides..

It worked amazingly well..

Here's a macro shot of a slide from 1957. Yes, it's me.

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My custom macro rig for copying slides:
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Post by tpe »

Well done it did work great, I did something similar and used a ring flash to illuminate the back screen, but still not as sophisticated as yours (mine was all cardboard :). I think the resolution and sharpness are probably better than if you had used a amerteur slide copyier.

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Post by arlon »

My first one was all cardboard then I upgraded to a piece of PVC pipe, then found a real slide holder for $10 at a camera shop.

The 55mm micro lens worked better than anything else I tried. Resolution full scale is pretty good too if the original was decent.

With everything screwed down to a 1/4, camera movement isn't an issue and you can get by with some fairly slow shutter speeds.

More examples out HERE.
D50,100 IR, 90, 700, 800E and a box of old manual lenses.

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Post by rjlittlefield »

And if the slides are curved too much, you can even shoots stacks for better resolution corner-to-corner.

No joke -- been there, done that! It seemed a bit silly, but it sure beat the Newton's rings I kept getting when I tried to flatten between glass.

--Rik

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Post by arlon »

rjlittlefield wrote:And if the slides are curved too much, you can even shoots stacks for better resolution corner-to-corner.

No joke -- been there, done that! It seemed a bit silly, but it sure beat the Newton's rings I kept getting when I tried to flatten between glass.

--Rik
Haven't had that issue yet, usually shoot at f16-22 and have plenty of DOF. Stacking is an idea though. CombineZM would have been useful when I was trying to do them purely by hand.. Used it for a few other things but not slides yet. Keep the ideas coming! Arlon
D50,100 IR, 90, 700, 800E and a box of old manual lenses.

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