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Nikon ES-1 52mm Slide Copy Adapter
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- this adapter enables duplication of 35mm film
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|Package Height||2.44 x 2.6 x 2.91 inches|
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Attached to the AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens with the BR-5 Ring or the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 lens, this adapter enables duplication of 35mm film. Attaching the ES-1 to the Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 lens and extension tubes, you can copy 35mm slides.
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The best tip I found involved getting the correct image size. If you use a DX-format DSLR, as I do, using a lens like the 55 Micro-Nokkor that's designed for 1:1 copying (with its dedicated extension) will produce too much magnification, as the DX sensor is smaller than the 35mm film frame. The solution is to add a 55mm-55mm extension tube in *front* of the lens, between it and the Slide Copying Adapter. 10mm is just about the right amount of extension, and you can find tubes like this on eBay for very little. If you can't find 10mm, go longer rather than shorter. The adapter telescopes to half its full length, so you can always adjust shorten the lens slide distance.
As some reviewers have noted, this is a very simple device, and doesn't even have a way to lock the extension in place. Once you're set up, a piece of tape works fine, and as this is something you only have to do once. It's not a big problem. Sure, for $60 you'd think they could put in a lock screw, but my feeling is the simpler it is, the less likely it is to break.
So while it's not as convenient as a digital copier or a Bowen copying stand, the Nikon 3213 is a good solution for those who own a DSLR and a good macro lens. Some fine tuning is needed for your own particular setup, but with practice and careful calibration you can produce excellent results.
if you can work round those problems, u will be blown away!
- I didn't realize that even though I have a macro lens with a 52mm front thread that I would still need a few accessories to make this work. While the barrel of this adapter extends a bit, it doesn't extend far enough for my use on a non-full frame DSLR.
The barrel extends to ~2.875" from the front threads of my lens.
This puts it just a little too close for my macro lens to focus on a slide.
I thought that adding an extension tube (25mm) behind the lens would fix that. It did make it so my lens can now focus on a slide inserted into the adapter however now the magnification is such that I can only see ~75% of the slide at a time. My work around involves a set of step-up adapters and step-down adapters (found on fleabay) to add an extra 12mm or so to the effective barrel length which allows me to eliminate the extension tube and just focus with my macro lens (no more cropping!).
After I figured this out, I have quite enjoyed being able to rapidly archive hundreds of old family slides in no time at all. The only other snafu I encountered was dust - a giottos rocket blower helped minimize that problem.
While I wouldn't consider this fully equivalent to scanning on a high quality scanner, I will say that 8x10 enlargements look FANTASTIC and it is a decent alternative if you aren't planning to make posters out of your slides (I shoot in RAW format and use a slave flash for a consistent quality backlight source).
In my experience, many old family slides were not taken on a tripod-mounted camera and thus are not exactly "tack-sharp" to begin with therefore, the potential increase in resolution from drum scanning really is of no benefit (though better DMAX really is if the exposure is blown or if you are looking to manipulate the image much in photoshop).
update: After all this time I found that in order for this to capture the full frame of the slide you have to attach it to a full frame camera. It would have been useful to know that BEFORE someone orders it. And it even isn't in the spec sheet that came with it.
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I have used slide films for over four decades and one can imagine how many slides I will have!?Read more