Dec 032012

One of the projects I want to get off the ground is copying a bunch of old slides I have. So I got out my old Kodak RFS 3600 scanner, plugged it in, and it just flashed lights at me. I emailed PIE International, the company that made it, and still makes a variant of it 10 years later, and they regretfully informed me that the RAM was dead.

I don’t feel like dropping more money on a scanner. I’d like to find a faster solution. And I think I did. Maybe.

According to some posts I’ve been reading on the DPReview message board, it looks like the best solution is going to be in 40-year-old technology. I picked up a Canon 35mm FD 3.5 lens, a Canon Bellows FL, and a Canon slide copier from KEH, and I also got an FD-E-mount adaptor ring to get it all to fit on my Nex.

It kind of works. It kind of doesn’t, because I haven’t figured out how to make the bellows fit tight enough to the body so that I get all 100% of the slide image in the slide copier. I can get about 98% of it, and me being me, that last 2% bugs the heck out of me. The solution probably involves removing the FL mount from the bellows, and changing it to something thinner, but I need to get help on that.

I tried mounting a 28mm lens, and that was a total bust. If I go wider than 35mm, the slide copier stops working, because I can’t focus it properly. So I’ll need to spend some time figuring out how to fix the lens mounts.

I also picked up a Canon FD 50mm f3.5 macro lens with a 2x extension tube. That’s a lot of fun.

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