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Assuming you're scanning 35mm or medium format negatives, and that you want to use the full resolution of your DSLR to digitize your negatives/slides, you can't do it with your setup (D750 + 24–85mm Nikon lens) alone. Why? You have to think in terms of magnification (also called reproduction ratio). See also: What does "magnification" mean? How ...


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Every service I'm aware of that produces large format prints from film will initially scan your film into a digital file anyway. Cutting out the middle man will allow you to use a color-managed workflow and most likely produce better outcomes. That being said, you can either go with a service that performs digital to film conversion for the film industry (...


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What's the preferred focal length to use (my 24-85mm lens) for this purpose? It's not so much about focal length when using a general purpose zoom lens as it is about what type of lens design you should think about using. People talk about macro lens, is it really necessary if I already have the above zoom lens? There are a few basic advantages to ...


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The analog camera you use most likely has no autofocus and thus has a split prism. These are great for manual focusing, but not so great for auto exposure (AE), as AE is done after the focusing screen. Since AF usually works fast (and has a confirmation by LEDs), most cameras use plain focusing screens, though some professional cameras offer interchangeable ...


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Your assumption about analog vs. digital viewfinders is incorrect. Some digital cameras still use "two misaligned half circles" for focusing and some analog film cameras do not. "two misaligned half circles" for focusing is also called "Split Prism" and was a focusing aid used in most older, Manual Focus cameras. When Auto Focus lenses were developed for ...


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A macro lens is not necessary to get a scan but you get better results with a macro lens because you can get a better magnification level. Whether your lens (and the DSLR solution vs dedicated film scanner) is good enough for your needs, only you can answer that. Essentially you want to be close to the negative to fill the frame but you want to avoid ...


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I would say that the one of the most important reasons to learn photography by first shooting film is that you learn that ISO ( ASA for digital ) in not a crutch for proper exposure. Learning to work within parameters of the ASA of a roll of film is vital. ( And how to manipulate the exposure and development to achieve the best results in situations where ...


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Learning (manual) film mostly sharpens your sense of settings (ISO, aperture, exposure etc..) because it makes you do a LOT of prediction. This is especially because you are actually wasting money when you take a whole bunch of pictures of the same thing and choose the best one, a common habit of digital photographers (not necessarily bad in all situations). ...


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