My cheap way to digitize 4x5 negs

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  1. pete_6109

    pete_6109 TPF Noob!

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    I tried this on a whim today. I backlit a 4x5 b&w negative with a light box and took a digital pic of the negative with my Sony A100. Then I inverted the image in PS. I think it came out pretty good....all things considered.

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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    :thumbup: Nice work, man. There's some people around here that have constructed light boxes to fit over their flatbed scanners, which might be worth looking into as well...
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Looks good.

    I've done the same thing. A light box is very similar to the
    light source in the lid of a flatbed scanner.
     
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    pete_6109 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks nealjpage and compur. I shot some 4x5 chromes and want to try copying them when I get them back from the lab. Color slides seem to copy this way even better than negatives.
     
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    Good idea,and it worked. Nice shot, too, BTW.
     
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    Will it work for the entire scanning field? Is the size of the light source the only limiting factor with regards to the film format that can be scanned in flatbeds? Sounds like a nice idea to me if it will allow me to circumvent the limitations of a flatbed scanner.
     

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