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I don't have first hand experience on that kind of hardware. So I can only answer based on second-hand knowledge.

You may try answering a few questions upfront:

- How many negatives you want to convert? Do you plan to have more in the future?
If the numbers are low, a professional service would be more cost-effective and, most likely, provide superior quality to what you can achieve in house

- If the numbers are significant and you plan to do it on your own, how much computer savvy are you? The relevant equipment cost vary a lot, do you have a budget in mind?

- Do you already have a flat-bed scanner? If yes, have you checked if adapters for negatives are available for that model?

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I'm looking into a "negative, or slide converter", simply could use some tips and advice on what works best. In a few weeks I want to convert some negatives, to digital computer copies. Any help appreciated. Thanks. Rick
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I like the Camera on a pole and may buy a pole one day! Meanwhile, I have been trying out my 10' "A" frame ladder as a means to take high angle photos.


I am afraid a frame ladder would be hard to carry inside my backpack Shocked
But I can see it's working fine for you.

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Understood - I waited a while for the 600D to come out just for its articulated screen.


So far Canon hasn't added the articulated screen to their most sophisticated models, as far as I know, it's to avoid compromising the weather sealing (a feature missing from 600D and 650D). But even if they'll do someday, the weight factor remains, a 1.5 kg camera/lens combination remains too heavy for me to use on a pole.

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Thanks Trevor!
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Nice pics!

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I like the Camera on a pole and may buy a pole one day! Meanwhile, I have been trying out my 10' "A" frame ladder as a means to take high angle photos. I'm going to attach 2 shots of the M60A2 in Ephrata, PA. It works ok but has sufficient drawbacks. Outside only, level ground, and is heavy. Rick
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Understood - I waited a while for the 600D to come out just for its articulated screen. I ended up buying it only the week before flying out for the Netherlands/Overloon trip.

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Any of my reflex cameras + lens is much heavier than a 600D + 18-55 lens and don't have articulated screens. Definitely they aren't suited for the "pole" job.

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I continue to use my Canon EOS 600D on a pole (actually a 'Quikpod' telescopic handheld monopod) and am very happy with it. I don't think I'd have the patience to carry a second camera. In fact the monopod is so light and convenient that I left it connected (but collapsed) when I took the non-pole pictures around Overloon. I highly recommend it:

Quikpod



It comes with a belt hook so when I don't need it I can hang it off a trouser belt loop.

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Usually I do my indoor "pole" shots with a little external flash (Canon 270 EX) since my compact camera (Canon G12) doesn't handle well ISO over 400. In Overloon I made a mistake a few times, I shot before the flash recharged, most times the image without flash was too bad, 2-3 times it was okay, even if the shutter speed was low (the G12 is stabilized, and that helps).

Here is the shot without flash:


M51 Super Sherman by Massimo Foti, on Flickr

Almost the same, with flash:


M51 Super Sherman by Massimo Foti, on Flickr

No need to say everything looks better and more natural without the flash. That's why I am thinking to upgrade my pole camera to something that can handle ISO 1600 without loosing too much quality. So far I was considering a Micro 4/3, either an Olympus OMD-5 or Panasonic G-5, but the EOS-M announcement make me think it may be worth waiting...

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Canon just announced a mirrorless system camera:
www.dpreview.com/news/...on-preview

I was thinking about replacing the G12 I use for "pole" shots, with something that doesn't always require to use the flash indoor (basically decent quality at ISO 1600/2000). I was thinking either a Canon G1X or Panasonic G5. Now this is tempting, since it's very compact and lightweight and uses a large sensor that can deliver at high ISO. The adapter for existing EF lenses could make it also a good candidate as back-up camera
Unfortunately it's missing the articulated screen that is so important for the pole... Hope a later version will have it. An integrated view-finder isn't needed for the "pole", but could be handy for other usages, again, maybe Canon will add one later on.
Anyway, it will not be available in time for this year tank spotting season and I already consumed all my photo-gear budget for 2012 Smile

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- vagabond
Panasonic has announced the new G5 and FZ-200 cameras. The FZ-200 is a bridge camera with a constant f 2.8 Leica lens covering 25-600mm. 12 fps burst rate. The specs on the G5 are very impressive too!

Hopefully we'll hear soon about the GH3 - expected announcement in Sept 2012.


Here you can read some early impressions:
www.dpreview.com/news/...-published

It's a great time for Micro 4/3, I've seen rave reviews of Olympus OM-D E-M5 too.

I guess the GH3 will have the same sensor used by the G5, so I wonder if it would be worth the extra money, apart for the video features. But it's too early to say that.

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Upgraded from LR3 to LR4 and are very happy with the change. The amount of recovery possible in both shadows and highlights is amazing.
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Panasonic has announced the new G5 and FZ-200 cameras. The FZ-200 is a bridge camera with a constant f 2.8 Leica lens covering 25-600mm. 12 fps burst rate. The specs on the G5 are very impressive too!

Hopefully we'll hear soon about the GH3 - expected announcement in Sept 2012.
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