I have a Braun Novamat 35mm slide projector which is now completely redundant since I have scanned my entire 35mm slide collection.

I was going to junk it when I started wondering if there was some useful DIY project that I could use it for.

It seems a pity to waste a good lens and condenser. Can you suggest a good use for this in a DIY project?

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    You can send it to me, mine is ancient and has no remote
    – user19496
    Apr 21, 2013 at 23:03

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  • You can always use it as a source of light for your photography!
  • Project slides onto other objects to create interesting double-exposures.
  • Hand paint/draw with markers on slides and project that for interesting, organic images.

But as far as coverting it to do something cool... No clue.

  • I found it makes a very good spotlight in my photography, so that is how I am going to use it. Thanks for your suggestion.
    – labnut
    Apr 28, 2011 at 14:28

Entertain the cats. Be sure to project slides relevant to their interests.

Cat interacting with projected slide of hummingbird

(Then, of course, you can do as Jędrek Kostecki suggested, and use the projected slide as the starting point for a new photograph.)


Funny; I just posted this on a comment to another question:

The Fisheye Tin Lens

This is a lo-fi fisheye lens constructed from a 35mm slide projector lens, a door peephole lens, a soda can, a t-mount adapter, and miscellaneous other junk.


I still like projecting slides better than showing images on a computer screen or television myself (even if the latter is more convenient).

You might with a lot of electronics be able to turn it into a projection device for your laptop. Not sure how much it would take, but it wouldn't be trivial.


Some projectors can be modified to be used for digitizing 35mm slides.

Here's an example (in German, but I'm sure there's others around in English, too): http://www.dslr-forum.de/showthread.php?t=305572

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