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Scanning or copy


I watched a video of a famous film photographer a while back (hes that famous I cant remember his name lol} anyway he does not use a scanner to get the negatives on a computer, he uses a digital camera to copy the negative, the results where amazing, so I had a go.


I have just experimented with a 4x5 neg, this should also work with smaller formats, Image 1 is a copied from a 4x5 neg, image 2 is a scanned image on the Epson v700.

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Image two was taken with my Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12 to 40 pro zoom, I mounted the camera on a tripod and focused on the 4x5 neg that where placed flat on a Media light, (that's to say its a back lite viewing screen) and photographed the negative, the Media light is not Pixel based so will give an even constant exposure with no grid patterns.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results and how the digital camera resolved detail in the shadows and highlights.

That advantage of doing it this way is, Its quicker,
no test scans,
less dust
And from what I see on the larger files definitely sharper than the flatbed.

The disadvantage
A loss of Dmax (contrast)
A a loss in file size for big prints, that is of course dependent on the MP of the camera you use to copy, however I suppose contrast can be brought back in post and a large digital camera = bigger prints.

So if you have any old Black and White Negatives try it, its fun and the results are very good
 

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Re: Scanning or copy


There is a very noticeable improvement in the roof timbers for instance. The difference between the two images seems akin to the difference I have seen between my new scanner and the old one.

When I first started playing around with copying 35mm slides I used an attachment to my bridge camera. The only problem was that to get a 1:1 image I had to use supplementary lenses which caused severe chromatic aberration otherwise detail was not bad.

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Re: Scanning or copy


In this video you can see how "scanning" with a DSRL and macro lens. The most importan part is between yellow points or between 11 and 24 minutes.

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I used this method with 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 film format and I got great results taken 6 frames and then composed in Photomerge.

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