DSLR Film Negative and Slide Multi-Format Copier Duplicator Scanner 35mm to 6x9 FREE SHIPPING
The Film Bloke
DSLR Negative and Slide Copier Duplicator
Designed and 3D Printed in-house by The Film Bloke, for use with a DSLR and Macro lens or Extension Tubes.
There are not many scanners that can match the resolution of a decent DSLR sensor and Macro lens combination, or the speed of digitising.
A Modern Crop Sensor 24mp DSLR will produce an image of 6000x4000 pixels, which is the equivalent of blowing up a 36x24mm Neg to 25x16.5 inches or 63.5x41.9cm (@240 pixels per square inch).
'XYZ' refer to Left to Right, Front to Back, Bottom to Top Axes respectively.
- Totally Biodegradable, made from Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), a Bio Plastic made from corn and other vegetable matter.
- The material is quite strong and stiff, and can break if dropped on a hard surface.
- Supports any DSLR.
- Will Copy formats from 35mm neg or slides up to 6x9 (with additional masks available for purchase)
- Comes standard with one mask of your choice. 35mm Neg, 35mm Mounted Slide, 6x6, 6x4.5, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9.
- Has X,Y & Z Axis movements for focus and framing.
- Camera, Head Frame & Neg Mask can be moved independently of each other.
- All movable components lock in place with knurled stainless steel thumb screws using the same diameter and thread pitch as a normal tripod mount (1/4”x20tpi UNC)
- Once locked in place, no further focusing required, just feed the Negs through.
- Total size (L,W,H) 440x85x140 aprox, can be shortened to 220mm.
- Weighs 550gms, but will require a 3kg satchel for postage to allow for packing.
- Can be dismantled for storage.
- Tabletop or Tripod mountable.
- Legs can be moved to any position you like, they just pop in and out.
Lighting sources can be:
- A clear Sky,
- A light box or iPad white screen placed forward of the Negative.
- A reflector or white wall forward of the negative, lit by bounce flash on camera.
- A good bright LED torch pointed at a white surface forward of the neg.
- Try and position the light source square to the neg or parts of the Neg Mask my throw a shadow on the image area. The mask aperture is angled to prevent this as far as possible.
NOTE, THE ONLY SCREW THAT NEEDs TIGHTENING WITH A TOOL or COIN IS MOUNTING THE CAMERA TO THE 'X' SLIDE, ALL OTHERS REQUIRE ONLY FINGER TIGHTENING.
- Join the front (Identified by the Male Guide protruding from one end) and rear slides by means of the provided thumb screw and 3mm plastic washer. Use a 3/16” allen key or a pair of pliers to gently 'nip' it up, do not over-tighten, the plastic thread could be damaged)
- Gently Push the Legs evenly into position from underneath, one at the rear, under or to the rear of the camera position, one just forward of centre of slide. Do not try and fit them with force or by putting in one leg before the other, damage may result.
- Mount the Head Frame to the Long Front Slide with the 'flat' side facing away from the Camera, by slipping it into the angled channel and gently hand tighten the screw to lock.
- Mount the Negative Mask into the Head frame, bulky side facing forward, and turn the lock screw so it applies just enough friction to hold the mask in place without being so tight as to make it difficult to move. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN, IT WILL SPREAD THE HEAD FRAME.
- Mount the short 'Y' slide to the other end of the rear long slide, with the adjusting screw on the right, hand tighten.
- Mount the DSLR to the short 'X' Slide and tighten the Slotted Screw to so the camera is locked in place, you may tighten this with a coin, then mount this assembly to the 'Y' slide in the last step, the locking screw should face you.
- With your light source in place, turn on the Camera, put it in 'AV' mode and live view, slide the Head frame toward the camera until the neg fills the viewfinder and lock the head frame to the rail.
- Adjust the height of the neg if needed, focus on a neg in the mask and gently lock the neg mask in the Head frame to maintain that height.
- You will not need to refocus again unless the head frame or camera is moved back or forward or the lens focus ring is turned. (a bit of blu tac will prevent accidents)
- Using one of the light sources mentioned, shoot your negs and adjust your exposure as needed.
- (I focus using a manual M42 Takumar 50mm f4 Macro lens mounted to a Canon DSLR, I use the flash and camera in manual mode. My flash also has a 'video' mode, where a constant LED light is projected to a white surface, I use this to prefocus.)
- If you use a camera mounted flash, you will need to put a bit of cardboard or something below and forward of the flash head to avoid stray light hitting the camera side of the neg, it will reduce contrast. You can place a remote flash forward of the neg to avoid this problem.
- Do not leave the copier in hot environments like in a car in summer or out in the yard, the plastic will distort.
- Do not tighten any locking screws with anything other than your fingers, and just enough to keep the part in place, especially the mask lock screw in the head frame (exception being the two screws mentioned earlier).
- If using a tripod, keep the camera positioned directly over the tripod, IE, don't slide the camera forward, slide the Head Frame back instead.
- If using on the table top with legs provided, make sure the rear legs are behind the camera position to avoid the unit overbalancing backwards.
- Do not submerge in water, the interior is a hollow shell filled with a grid, it will absorb water. Just wipe with a damp cloth to clean, detergent is ok.
- Do not feed through negatives with a severe curl, they could possibly be scratched by way of pressure against the walls of the mask, try and flatten them under a heavy book or something first.
Anyway, you're photographers, you will work out the best way to use the Copier to suit yourself.