Introduction: Stand to Reproduce 35mm Film and Slides With Digital Camera

This stand is easy to make and use, allows a digital camera with macro capability to take pictures of slides and film.
First I designed an acrylic ring with 4 holes for 1/4" acrylic rod avallable at any plastics supply store.
Using Corel Draw or AutoCAD, the dimensions of the ring have to be customized for your camera, I used a 1.8" inner circle and a 3.8" outer circle, the proper dimension for the 1/4" rods is .255" for a tight fit.
I made it at the Tech Shop

Step 1:

Designed with Corel Draw, cut in the Epilog 45 watt laser.

Step 2:

Next, cut the acrylic 1/4" rod to the dimension that focuses a slide or film on the camera frame

Step 3:

The rods are adjustable for optimun position, the camera lens its into the inside ring.
Set the macro to the closest setting, Mount the camera and subject on top or a light box and start taking pictures.
I used Adobe Photoshop to convert the 35mm film to color pictures, then I adjusted the color, contrast and more.


Bosun Rick (author)2013-06-17

How well would this work if it was made in a 3D printer?
What about blocking out environmental light? is it necessary?

rocketman221 (author)2012-05-16

Nice, this is definitely cheaper that buying a film scanner.
You should post an instructable on how to use it though.

Pat Pending (author)2012-05-16

Tidy instructable, well executed. I have found that using a black paper mask on the lightbox with a 24mmx36mm opening for the negative/transparency being copied eliminates the effects of stray light and improves image quality.

impcpro (author)Pat Pending2012-05-16

You are perfectly right, I cut a heavy black paper mask of the same ring design but substituted the center ring with a 1.42" X .945" rectangle ( 24 X 36mm ) to use as a mask for film, but I did not include in the picture for clarity, with slides it is no problem.
I have copied old slides that were faded and color was all wrong, Photosop did an amazing job.

radiomens (author)2012-05-16


gserrano701 (author)2012-05-15

Looks great and quite easy to build. Could you post some pictures to see the final result?

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Bio: Ed and Stephanie Vinces, co-owners of Pacifica Computer Pros, in business for 30 years. www, We do kinetic art, art projects, robotics, mosaics ... More »
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