The Light Slide

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Notes: DSLR Scanning Research


✅ Nikon PB-5 bellows + PS-5 slide copy attachment + Nikkor 55mm Macro

🎞 Nikon ES-2 kit (probably also worth buying?)

💡Suggested backlight sources for scanning film with DSLR

💡Negative Supply light — $279

💡Or an enlarger head for the light…

💡Possible replacement for the Bolt in the FrankenScanner

💡Adaptalux: Another possible replacement for the Bolt… $$$ but neat for macro lighting

💡🌞…or maybe just use DAYLIGHT?

General Info

DSLR Film Scanning: The Secret to Perfect Color Negatives

Color drama: Negative Lab Pro v2… Finding the right workflow for scanning color film at home

Exhaustive detail wiki page: High resolution film transparency digitalization using macro lens and stitching


I am not expert but for 6x6 and 6x7 I have been happy with my results stitching two Fuji X-T30 images together. I use a Lawoa 65mm and can normally get down to the level of the grain - the limiting factor is often depth of field and film flatness rather than raw resolution. With only two images LR normally does a decent job.

When I first started dslr scanning I did a few tests. A single image was fine for quick viewing but didn't capture all of the detail. Two was the sweet spot. Four did not show an appreciable difference and increased workflow and filesizes. So I settled on two.



Basic PB-5 PS-4 Nikon setup with the 55mm f3.5 setup

Nikon Slide Copy

The Franken-Scanner Slide and Negative Digitizer

PetaPixel series

  1. Why You Should Digitize Your Film Using a Camera Instead of a Scanner with drum scanner comparisons (!)
  2. How to Scan Your Film Using a Digital Camera and Macro Lens

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