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Bill Kuta

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  1. I use a small nondescript bag (Ape Case AC540BL) to carry two Sony APS-C mirrorless with lenses (they fit just right, lenses up). The bag is nylon with typical padding panels on bottom and sides with a moveable panel for creating two compartments.


    There's a front compartment that can hold two chargers, extra batteries and cards, and more (small pockets in that compartment for the small items). In the main compartment, there is room on the ends between the padding panels and bag to put a small table tripod, lenspen kit, even a water bottle after I remove a camera.


    For air travel, the whole thing fits in the bottom half of my carry-on backpack. 


    When I'm ready to shoot, I put one camera around my neck and the bag crossed over to a shoulder. Or both cameras (and bag) crossed over shoulders.


    I've been using this arrangement (and original bag) for eight years with no problems. Currently carrying a Sony a6300 with 18-105mm, and a6000 with 10-18mm. 

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  2. You been poking around our yard, John? 😃  The Asiatic lilies are fading now, but the Red Hot Pokers are coming in.


    I can't take credit, though--the previous owner was a Navy doctor who was a bit property-starved from his assignments, and went on quite a planting spree here. He did a good job, but we did eliminate a couple of large gardens and the 25-30 raised beds. 

  3. 19 minutes ago, Bryan said:

    Last evening I was persuaded to head to a nearby grassed area to play bat and ball (Matkot) with the Mrs. We always carry a set in the caravan, and normally play in empty spaces on campsites in mainland Europe. 


    Another word to look up. Here we call it Kadima (actually, most here call it "Pro Kadima" because that's what the overwhelmingly dominant brand calls it). Pretty much just played on the beach in my experience, so you get pretty rusty between beach outings.

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  4. I received my spacer ring from Hong Kong, and have inserted it between my 50mm macro lens and the Nikon ES-1. 


    The spacer ring adds 28mm, and I find that I can nicely fill the frame with just about 100% of the slide content on my Canon SL1 18mp APS-C, with the ES-1 unextended. 


    The ES-1 can extend 24mm, so I really only needed another 4mm if I were to extend the ES-1 all the way. Kind of lucked out that 28mm was just right.


    Good to go now on DSLR slide copying 😎

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  5. I removed the back panel and metal cover from my Canon FS4000, but the mirror face is at an angle (duh) and not quite visible through a side opening. The lamp is also barely visible, and the sensor is still buried on the other side across the channel where the slide holder moves. So no clear path to cleaning anything. It seems to work adequately, although when it does an IR scan in Vuescan, the middle third of the onscreen display of the IR scan is darker than the outer two-thirds. Not sure what that might mean.


    So I scanned a few slides that I never digitized from the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. They'll be my latest nine images tomorrow or whenever.

  6. Chuck Nacke or other Canon FS4000 user:  I decided that while I'm waiting for my extension ring from Hong Kong, I may as well be using my FS4000. It's been sitting in a cabinet for years, but I tried it tonight and it works fine, on my Win10 PC using Vuescan and a USB cable.


    The resulting scans don't seem quite as bright as I expected, so maybe I need to clean the internals? Have you ever done this? I googled the subject, and one guy said if you remove six screw on the bottom and slide off the metal cover, you have access to the mirror, sensor and lamp, and can use a blower brush. 

  7. 23 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:
    I spent a lot of time today carefully trimming my beard. Stange behavior, since I'm the only person who sees me except at a supermarket check-out where I'm wearing a mask.



    I can remember realizing one day about 25 years ago, when I had had my beard for about 15 years already, that I didn't mentally picture myself with a beard. Do now, though.

  8. You may be right about needing a bit more extension on the ES-1. The macro lens is only extended out to 1:1.5, but the ES-1 is extended all the way out. Sadly, I don't have anything on hand to add to the extension. But I'm pretty happy with the results so far anyway.


    Edit:  Just ordered an extension ring from Hong Kong. Will quarantine and fumigate upon arrival.

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  9. OK, pixel-peepers don't bother reading this one.


    After a little noodling around, I cobbled together on-hand items, and can get most of a slide with a Nikon ES-1 and an APS-C camera.


    Back to front:

    --Canon SL1 18mp APS-C camera

    --Vello 31mm extension tube

    --Canon 50mm f2.5 macro lens

    --Sigma achromatic macro lens (a 1.6x "close-up lens")

    --Nikon ES-1 extended about a half-inch


    Results look good, but I just grabbed a random slide. Will need to look for sharpest ones.


    What I don't get is, I'm capturing nearly all of the long edges of the frame (i.e., the edges at the top and bottom of a horizontal image), but lose a small but noticeable amount at the sides.


    Again, just trying to see what might work from what I already have. It helps that the Canon lens, Sigma close-up lens, and ES-1 all have 52mm threads.

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