Stand to Reproduce 35mm Film and Slides With Digital Camera

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About: Ed and Stephanie Vinces, co-owners of Pacifica Computer Pros, in business for 30 years. www,compros.com. We do kinetic art, art projects, robotics, mosaics, statues, needlework, and much more. Lifetime mem...

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.

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    Bosun Rick

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    rocketman221

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Pat Pending

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    impcproPat Pending

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    gserrano701

    6 years ago on Introduction

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