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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2020 at 09:58
I had a vague memory of a preset in DxO Optics pro for negative conversion, but thought I must be misremembering as it wasn't in Photolab - but it was there - and it works!

You can also export the preset from Optics Pro and import to PhotoLab...
 



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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


Re. light: I think you want a panel to have even light. Most (all?) flashes do not have a panel, but a few leds - at least my HVL-F60M LED's seem to small to give even lighting to do this well.


I've tended to use a flash behind a white perspex panel, but I think an LCD panel should be fine (maybe even an old PC screen showing a white surface?) it would then act just like a light-box - I think the trick would be to make sure it is sufficiently behind the negative to be totally out of focus.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Thank you

There is some market forces at play - the ES-2 officially is 149,- in The Netherlands and 169,- in Germany

Some questions: Is it really that easy to convert a negative with the orange layer?
I noticed Nikon does not recommend current longer macro's like the 85mm and 105mm, made wonder how the 100mm you use behaves.
Why do you use an UV filter? Does it do anything?

Re. light: I think you want a panel to have even light. Most (all?) flashes do not have a panel, but a few leds - at least my HVL-F60M LED's seem to small to give even lighting to do this well.


It is available for £144-149 from couple shops in UK. But they don't have stock and cannot make any promises or tell me when it may be stock. The ones that have it in stock are charging £179, so it was cheaper to buy from a German shop on ebay. I could have probably saved £10-20 if I had waited and looked longer. But I have been waiting since the lockdown started in the UK and I just want to get on with it. Its something I can do at home, its time consuming and now that I am stuck at home with no where to go (for the most part) I want to make use of this time.
TL;DR - yes prices vary, I am sick of waiting and my time (certainly 1-2 months) is worth more than £10-20

>Is it really that easy to convert a negative with the orange layer?
yep, I have done it above

Nikon does not suggest longer focal lengths because its MFD at 1:1 is longer and hence you cannot shoot the full film at 1:1. You can still use them if you can somehow manage to add distance between the lens and film (i.e. adapter).
If you look at the fredmiranda inspiration links you will notice how someone has managed to use it FE90 using setup/down rings as spacers.
In my case thanks to the design of the laowa lens (i.e. built-in helicoid to achieve 2:1) I don't need to space it out too much. The two UV filters are needed to push back the adapter enough to able to shoot the whole film at 1:1. One UV filter came with the lens by default and I added another I had lying around.

There is a diffuser on the adapter which is handy. Since I will be doing this on a table top I can deal with long-ish exposure using a remote shutter. I am going to try diffusing my phones LEDs to help or may be use a tablet as scanning bed (pocket softbox app). Anyway I will workout something that works, its not such a big deal IMO because the setup is so stable from other perspectives

Edited by nandbytes - 27 June 2020 at 10:27
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2020 at 11:10
Thnx, both you and Bob.

I was surprised the official price was different between Germany and here as we are both in the Eurozone, that is, within one market.
You can always wait until something cheaper comes up, but sometimes that is never

Haven't read the Fred Miranda threads yet, but I suppose you turned IBIS off as the subject is fixed to the lens.

I saw a review of the Reflecta equivalent of the ES-1 where somebody complained that his pictures were sharp in the centre but blurry at the edges with the Nikon 105mm VR - I think he left his VR (OIS) on
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sony cameras are good are recognising your setup is on a tripod.
But yes I have turned IBIS off.
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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

sony cameras are good are recognising your setup is on a tripod.
But yes I have turned IBIS off.


The manual for the A7 iii says, "When using a tripod, etc., make sure to turn off the SteadyShot function because this can cause any malfunction when shooting."

So do other higher-spec Sony cameras have a tripod sensor and adjust accordingly when one is used? I just wonder where this claim comes from.
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looks like I have wrongly assumed:

A7RIV says the same things - "When using a tripod, etc., make sure to turn off the SteadyShot function because this can cause any malfunction when shooting."

Probably one of the internet truths I picked up on one of the many forums.
So certainly turn it off for purposes of digitising film.
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And the Japanese English, 'can cause any malfunction' looks slightly alarming!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2020 at 17:43
You did not say it was on a tripod when you took the picture and I assume you didn't. I do not know why I thought so....

Manuals often are all about "just to be sure". This could be one of those cases.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2020 at 20:05
I would be lying if I said I have always turned off IBIS when taking shots on a tripod. But I almost always check the end result for sharpness and haven't noticed any issues. In this case I did actually remember to turn it off.
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