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02-16-2014, 09:36 PM   #1
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Pentax Film Copier Accessory Demo / Video

A little bit of info on the new film duplication accessory from CP+ 2014:

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02-16-2014, 11:04 PM   #2
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It looks good.

However, it seems the lens is just pushed into the back opening, am I correct? (I'm assuming there's a rubber/cloth gasket thing to keep out light)

Would I be correct then to assume that this would be Autofocus only?
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it already difficult to digitize/scan negatives to get the correct colors of particular film....
I think this process pretty much make it more difficult to get those 'film color', by adding another layer of 'Pentax color' to the digitization process.

Just a thought.
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The biggest problem with using a DSLR to copy film negatives is getting the colour right for colour negative film, due to the orange mask. Doing this is extremely difficult with standard software that isn't designed to do it (such as scanner software).

If no software to do this is provided, and the DSLR doesn't have a function to do it (even to just get it almost right) then the problem isn't really solved. My suspicion is that this rig will be ridiculously expensive anyway.

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It's the type of thing that will become available used, after people use it to scan all their negatives / slides. After you've scanned all your old film, you don't really need it anymore. So anyone with a bit of patience could expect to pick one up second hand and then further on-sell it when they're done. Would be a good accessory for camera shops to rent out.
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What lens is being used, will it be prt of the duplication accesory kit?
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Yeah, wondering about the software part. Dealing with scanned negatives is non-trivial...
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QuoteOriginally posted by calsan Quote
It's the type of thing that will become available used, after people use it to scan all their negatives / slides. After you've scanned all your old film, you don't really need it anymore. So anyone with a bit of patience could expect to pick one up second hand and then further on-sell it when they're done. Would be a good accessory for camera shops to rent out.
That assumes one isn't shooting film anymore. Some of us still do, you know!

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QuoteOriginally posted by calsan Quote
It's the type of thing that will become available used, after people use it to scan all their negatives / slides. After you've scanned all your old film, you don't really need it anymore. So anyone with a bit of patience could expect to pick one up second hand and then further on-sell it when they're done. Would be a good accessory for camera shops to rent out.
This actually is the sort of thing that is available used. I saw a bellows/copier unit (Olympus) a few years ago that was able to use both film strips and slides. It was a real nice unit...should have bought it on the spot.


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I have the Vivitar bellows with slide copier attachment -- basically the same thing. Not too hard to find.
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Any word on the ETA of the film copier?
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QuoteOriginally posted by klh Quote
Any word on the ETA of the film copier?
I think it was January of 1976... LOL!!!
Is this the re-introduction of the proverbial wheel...? At a greatly inflated price...? (to say nothing of reduced quality and precision...)
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobphoenix Quote
I think it was January of 1976... LOL!!!
Is this the re-introduction of the proverbial wheel...? At a greatly inflated price...? (to say nothing of reduced quality and precision...)
I second that!
I wonder what the inflation-adjusted retail price of the Auto Bellows K would be?
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QuoteOriginally posted by klh Quote
I second that!
I wonder what the inflation-adjusted retail price of the Auto Bellows K would be?
According to 1Soft dot com's "today's dollars" calculator... If the Auto Bellows II sold for $85.00 new then (which I think was about the price...) It would be $284.91 in todays money...
But, I doubt that would include the additional cost of todays salaries for manufacturing the parts... so add another 40% ($114) to that and you would still be 33% less than the $1200.00 entry price that is proposed...
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobphoenix Quote
According to 1Soft dot com's "today's dollars" calculator... If the Auto Bellows II sold for $85.00 new then (which I think was about the price...) It would be $284.91 in todays money...
But, I doubt that would include the additional cost of todays salaries for manufacturing the parts... so add another 40% ($114) to that and you would still be 33% less than the $1200.00 entry price that is proposed...
The Pentax Auto Bellows K suggested list price was $154.95 in Canada in October 1975. (The regular Pentax Bellows K was $69.95.)

The slide copier was an extra $72.95.


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