Slide copying
I am ready to purchase a digital camera and am attracted to the Nikon 950,990 or 995 because of their macro capability. More specifically, the ability to use the camera to digitize slides. Has anyone done this? If so, what coments would you make on the quality of the copy. Thanks..

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I have used the slide copying adapter with the Nikon 880. I have some slides that I took in the mid 60's while stationed in Europe. They are very good. Found that I have to use an image editor such as Photoshop elements or PhotoBrush to adjust brightness or contrast. Also made a few mistakes of having the slide in backwards. The 880 is a bit easier than the 950 or 990 because one of the menu choices is the slide adapter which automatically puts you in macro mode and turns of flash, etc.


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Nikon Coolpix 995 slide copy adapter Can any one give me a first hand opinion on the slide copy adapter that can be added to the Nikon 995? How good is it? Does any other camera offer this feature as it seems such an obviously simple way of killing two birds with one stone! Thanks..

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The slide copy adapter is pretty good for black and white negatives, you can see the filmgrain clearly when you shot a 400 Iso film; color slides and negative film need a lot of work in Photoshop to get the real colors back; different light outdoors means different colors, lightbox needed...

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I considered the Nikon Slide Duplicator attachment but then found the Happenstance unit reviewed at've gotten superb results with my Happenstance. For optimal results just set the white balance manually with no slide in the stage, stop down one or two stops from wide open, set the image size to 3:2 (990), zoom to fill the screen and keep the illumination high enough to stay in the normal ISO range of the camera. I'll bet the Nikon unit is a bit more convenient since it attaches to the camera while the Happenstance simply sits on the upward pointed lens. For the amount of slide copying I do, I wanted to save the bucks by choosing the cheaper, much more compact and very well made Happenstance...

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I am interested inlearning more about the Happenstance unit, but the company's web site seems to be down. Do you know whether that company is still in business? Where did you purchase your unit. I have a low end dedicated slide/negative scanner, the Pacific Image 1800U, do you know how the quality of the combination of the coolpix and the Happenstance compares to that type of unit? Finally, I have a coolpix 4500 - I imagine the Happensetance would work with that camera? Any info is appreciated. Thanks...

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