alphaomega wrote:Reading through the comments above with plenty of good advice I suddenly remembered I have a Jessop Zoom Slide Duplicator in MD fit. Luckily I managed to find it and wonder if anyone has converted slides to digital images by fitting such a duplicator to a DSLR. I guess I could fit the duplicator to my A580 using the "lens not fitted" setting and shutter priority. I have a glassless MD to A-mount converter which should do the job. I must try this as an alternative to scanning each slide. Problem is I have lost the instruction booklet and will need to experiment with the two adjustment settings. It can do 1x to 2.5x so I can even crop when copying although with the A580 I will be better just copying 100% of the slide and crop in PS. Used to copy in daylight, but David's LED advice is sound.
At 1x, you will be already cropping because those slide duplicators were done for 35mm (what we call now FF...) and your A580 is APS size.
If you already have the 30mm macro or the 50mm Macro, you can try this Nikon adapter: http://www.adorama.com/NKES1.html
It works perfect on the A850 with the 50mm and I think it can work on APS + 50mm (I can try it tonight or tomorrow at home)
I've duplicated slides this way with the A700 and print them up to 20x30 inches with a decent result. I want to go through my slides again, but now with the A850 or the NEX, and process them ( DAM them) on Lightroom, need some time and now I'm putting all my "free time" on find a new apartment -I can find time for a test anyway