I HATE IT.
This is my first (and absolute VERY LAST) attempt at scanning film with a DSLR.
Knowing full well that a scanner is “just” a digital imaging system, I decided I would get on board with the “much ballyhooed” (LOL, Peter’s term, not mine…) DSLR scanning of film negatives.
I patiently assembled everything I needed from Flea-Bay, B&H, and the four corners of Middle Earth…
- The Nikon PK-13 Macro Tube,
- The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 Macro lens, and
- The all-important Nikon ES-1 slide copying adapter
and dutifully read every tutorial while I patiently waited for it all to arrive.
That fateful day came yesterday, and I finally managed to assemble the unholy setup, crank it onto my D810, adjust the framing, fine-tune the exposure, and “scan” my first photo…
And it SUCKED.
To begin with, the process itself is EXTREMELY fiddly.
More importantly (while it is possible I am just being overly dramatic here…) the file honestly looks exactly like a digital photo, of a film image.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but–despite the huge increase in resolution–the file loses something that a dedicated film scanner seems to preserve.
(And DO NOT even get me started on the dust and specks!!)
(…and yes I used compressed air).
Anyone want to buy a super-cheap Nikon macro setup?
Sorry gang…I am not a convert.