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    Default scanning film photo vs photographing it with DSLR

    My scanner is the cheap epson 120 bucks scanner which I got.
    what is the diff when I scan at 600DPI vs taking the photo with 24mega pixels mid range DSLR?

    Which one is better for archival?

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    Are you talking about prints or negs/slides?

    If prints, the cheap Epson v370 is capable of very good results without much effort.

    Rephotographing (which I normally only do for photos too large for my scanner, or if frame removal is difficult/dangerous) is far more tedious.

    With negs/slides, the cost of a scanner to get good results is considerably higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahart View Post
    My scanner is the cheap epson 120 bucks scanner which I got.
    what is the diff when I scan at 600DPI vs taking the photo with 24mega pixels mid range DSLR?

    Which one is better for archival?
    Don't u need some form of backlight in ur scanner to scan negative or slides?

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    Agree with what Catchlight said, need a decent micro lens. I've tried before, Epson V300 vs my Nikon D3 and Sigma 150 vs Drum Scanner. Epson is soft, and drum scanner is sharpest with the DSLR method being the best compromise. But ultimately it's up to you

    This is my setup, using my V300 to hold the film for the scanning process, used lego for the rig from my childhood
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    thanks for all the input/advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidey89 View Post
    Agree with what Catchlight said, need a decent micro lens. I've tried before, Epson V300 vs my Nikon D3 and Sigma 150 vs Drum Scanner. Epson is soft, and drum scanner is sharpest with the DSLR method being the best compromise. But ultimately it's up to you

    This is my setup, using my V300 to hold the film for the scanning process, used lego for the rig from my childhood
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    Can this be used for medium format film?

    Quote Originally Posted by spidey89 View Post
    Agree with what Catchlight said, need a decent micro lens. I've tried before, Epson V300 vs my Nikon D3 and Sigma 150 vs Drum Scanner. Epson is soft, and drum scanner is sharpest with the DSLR method being the best compromise. But ultimately it's up to you

    This is my setup, using my V300 to hold the film for the scanning process, used lego for the rig from my childhood

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidey89 View Post
    Agree with what Catchlight said, need a decent micro lens. I've tried before, Epson V300 vs my Nikon D3 and Sigma 150 vs Drum Scanner. Epson is soft, and drum scanner is sharpest with the DSLR method being the best compromise. But ultimately it's up to you

    This is my setup, using my V300 to hold the film for the scanning process, used lego for the rig from my childhood
    Awesome! Thanks for the idea, I've got lots of old slides to convert but haven't thought of how to do it, and now it's time to raid my kids' lego box!
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    Anerjee there are ppl who use stitch medium and large format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anerjee View Post
    Can this be used for medium format film?
    I've tried, it requires some rearrangement since this is made for 35mm, but it can be converted to be used for medium format. I've scanned it before with my E-M1, mainly because my D700 is 35mm equivalent and 645 is 4:3 aspect ratio, the same as my E-M1. I'm shooting a medium format film now, 4 frames to go, will post when I develop and scan my MF film.

    Quote Originally Posted by MacroMarlin View Post
    Awesome! Thanks for the idea, I've got lots of old slides to convert but haven't thought of how to do it, and now it's time to raid my kids' lego box!
    No problems, I got the idea from watching people use lego do automated rigs but I lack such engineering skills, so I do it the "analog" way hahaha! I pity your kids, dad's gonna steal their legos hahaha
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    http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=130731

    Sharing a link on scanning with scanner and getting more sharpness using superresolution

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSolZ View Post
    http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=130731

    Sharing a link on scanning with scanner and getting more sharpness using superresolution
    Ahh.... Photoacute, haven't heard of that in a while, downside is need to pay $149 USD for the pro version, I prefer the lego and DSLR method because it's somewhat free, since lego was from my childhood and DSLR I already had, and the film holder I had from my scanner which I don't use to scan films now
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    Some photos of your medium format set-up would be highly appreciated! As well as scans from the set-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by spidey89 View Post
    I've tried, it requires some rearrangement since this is made for 35mm, but it can be converted to be used for medium format. I've scanned it before with my E-M1, mainly because my D700 is 35mm equivalent and 645 is 4:3 aspect ratio, the same as my E-M1. I'm shooting a medium format film now, 4 frames to go, will post when I develop and scan my MF film.



    No problems, I got the idea from watching people use lego do automated rigs but I lack such engineering skills, so I do it the "analog" way hahaha! I pity your kids, dad's gonna steal their legos hahaha

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    Will post the medium format setup after I've cleared some work, think there are some films I want to rescan with my DSLR because they were initially scanned with flatbed. But I have to use a tripod to scan because the height I've made is for 35mm film and for a DSLR. I use my E-M1 for scanning MF film

    Though looking at my old scans of MF. A flatbed is quite reasonable with MF films, but soft with 35mm ones
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    Alright guys, as requested, here is the setup for MF film. It looks like crap because I used to only shoot with 35mm, but having recently acquired a MF camera, I now have to dismantle the rig everytime I want to scan MF film (which isn't often), so I prefer leaving the rig for 35m



    Because of the size of the film, it's not necessary to align it as "accurately" as I do with 35mm film (to avoid frustration). I used my E-M1 with the 12-40 (it has good closeup capability) and mount it on a tripod

    35mm BnW film



    35mm color negative (I just scanned this, didn't do any processing other than color correction)



    645 slide



    645 color negative



    A couple of things to note, I'm not sure if the lego causes a color cast on the image, in the slide film, I don't see any color cast, but color correcting and inverting the color negatives, there is color cast though. The 1st model's negative is quite old, and the 2nd model's photo supposedly wasn't developed properly by the shop. I'm shooting a roll of 120 color negative now, I will update when I shoot finish (4 frames more) and develop it

    *update
    I realize that my lens has haze in it and the shot has a hair light which could give rise to the issue of different colors
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