I still shoot film, not a lot of it, but enough that it is rather expensive to get it both printed and scanned. And when that is done there are often many pictures that aren't worth a second look. Then there are the 1000's of negatives I have stored that I'd like to sort through and keep the better ones as digital images.
With those thoughts in mind, and considering that I know absolutely NOTHING about macro photography I have been encouraged by posts I have seen on the internet where people have used DSLR's, macro lenses, a slide copier, and either the camera's onboard flash or a shoe mounted to aim against a wall and fire away.
I realize that a set-up like that will not beat the better dedicated scanners, but I don't want to be bothered with a $ 400.00 plus scanner that is slow as molasses and requires it's own dedicated software for processing.
I would like to copy what I want to copy and move on. As I shoot new film I'll keep what I want to keep and disregard the rest paying only for a contact sheet and the returned negatives.
I own a Canon 40D, an Canon EOS 1DMK3, and a Nikon D300. If anyone cares to offer any suggestions as to which camera, slide copier, and which $ 300.00 used macro lens I should buy it would be greatly appreciated.
Likewise, I will entertain recommendations of a $ 300.00 scanner set-up, and by that I mean a flatbed scanner and a good negative carrier, that doesn't require a programming degree from MIT to operate at a reasonable speed. By that I mean 24 to 36 frames viewed and the keepers scanned in an hour.