I spent at least half my photographic life shooting film. Color and b/w neg, transparency, even some crazy "instant" roll films from Polaroid (waaay back). I had a VERY small sampling of these, going as far back as the 1980's, scanned to Kodak Photo CD. Well, I was able to pull some of my favorite images from that Photo CD and published them in an earlier project. However, that project - and the memories it brought back - fired my desire to start digitizing my slide film collection.
My research started with the obvious; buying a flatbed film scanner. But the more I read, the more I realized I wasn't going to find a film scanner I would be happy with, at a price that didn't bleed out my pocket book.
So, I started looking at other alternatives and after more research, decided that a slide copying attachment for my DSLR was the route to go. It offered the benefits of focus control, moderately hi-resolution (Nikon D7000) and - very important to me - RAW capture. The images you see below are my first captures. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm getting decent quality files, and with some tweaking in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, I'm producing results I am happy with.
The device I settled on was the Opteka HD2 slide copier. I had to buy a couple step-down rings in order to attach the copier to my Sigma 70mm macro lens, but all in all, it was a very affordable solution. The Opteka is a little awkward to work with, but I quickly got a rhythm going and once I was set up, I easily duplicated 24 slides in under 20 minutes. The hard work (if you can call it that) was working in Lightroom and occasionally Photoshop to crop, straighten and remove dust/processing residue from the captures.
This collection will likely change. As I digitize more images, I'll likely break out projects based on year, location or even film type, to keep the scroll manageable.