Looks like a Great Allternative to a Film Scanner


Looking though gorgeous self scanned pics on the site, envious as any Lomographer I recently felt the need to buy a scanner recently. But looking around I realized that film scanners are not available at all in Dubai. This is not so much of a hi-tech a city, I thought.

Finding film related stuff is very difficult here. Im swimming against the tide by shooting film… have faced much resistance & ridicule in the process from self-declared digital prophets… but to each one his own. To cut a long story short. I came across A cheap alternative while going though Flickr discussions.

Enter "Opteka slide copier " I think its a pretty good alternative to a scanner. It’s available here I got mine from eBay. I believe you can find one on Amazon too, not a bad of a bargain for 40$

Credits: pushkar

Copied with my Canon 350D | lens EF 50mm | ISO100 | f/22

Scanned by lab

You can see a Hi-res scan here

I’m quite pleased with the result. looks very sharp. I shot it hand held with a white image on my LCD monitor. I think mounting on tripod will give better result. Will soon experiment with Higher ISO and Colour

Credits: pushkar

From the Experiments so far I’ve figured that shooting on f/22 gives the best results. f/11 iso 200 is not bad either for black & white. will have to use lower ISO for colour & slides… but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it :D

What do you think?

Credits: pushkar

Have any of you used this before? I’m aware there is a similar product available from Bower. If you have any tips, please add them in comments.

written by pushkar on 2011-04-09 #gear #tutorials #scanning #tipster #opteka-slide-copier-looks-like-a-gr8-alternative-to-a-film-scanner-pushkar-scanner


  1. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    pretty darn'd impressive results i'd say!

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Nice idea and quite satisfying results.... <:)

  3. tsingtao
    tsingtao ·

    Is it for all kind of film? (35mm and 120mm)

  4. sj85
    sj85 ·

    I would also love to know if this works with 120 film!!

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hey LSI ! here's a new product for you to work on : ) Nice !

  6. gundamit1
    gundamit1 ·

    So this is for film already processed and mounted to a slide? So by using your digital camera as the scanner and the opteka as the holder correct?

    Interesting way of bringing back slides,but I don't get it? Is a scanner a bit of an inconvenience or is this a cheaper alternative if you have a digital camera already?

    Either way great job for finding a cheaper way that works fr you:)

  7. pushkar
    pushkar ·

    @tsingtao its for 35mm film.

  8. pushkar
    pushkar ·

    @gundamit1 you can scan the whole roll by using digital camera as a scanner... its much cheaper than a scanner...
    & As I said before its tough to find a film scanner here... no one sells it anymore...

  9. the_detourist
    the_detourist ·

    this is the "pro" version of the "ghetto scan" technique! great!

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