Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set

Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set

Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set

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  • Convert Film to Digital Files
  • Holders for 35mm Film Strips and Slides
  • For Use with Select Nikon Micro Lenses
  • Ideal for D850 Negative Digitizer Mode

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Nikon 27192 overview

  • 1Description

Easing the process for making digital files from your film originals, the ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set from Nikon is a clever accessory for re-photographing 35mm negatives and slides. Designed to be paired with select Nikon micro lenses, such as the AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED, this adapter is fitted to the front of the lens and holds the film at the minimum focusing distance of the lens to ensure critical sharpness. Dedicated film holders for both film strips and mounted slides are included, as well, to help hold the film taut and to benefit handling. While suitable for use with any camera, this adapter is particularly well-suited for the D850 due to its dedicated Negative Digitizer mode and ability to automatically reverse colors in-camera to expedite the digitizing process.

Compatible Lenses
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 G
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED (in conjunction with included 62mm Adapter A)
AF Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8D (in conjunction with included 62mm Adapter B)
UPC: 018208271924
In the Box
Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set
  • FH-4 Strip Film Holder
  • FH-5 Slide Mount Holder
  • 62mm Adapter A
  • 62mm Adapter B
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nikon 27192 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.5 x 3.5 x 3.5"

    Nikon 27192 reviews

    ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ES-2 makes it easier than ever to shoot film The Nikon ES-2 makes it easier than ever to get into (or back into) 35mm film photography. It works well and the cost is reasonable compared to alternatives. 'All it does' is hold the 35mm negative or slide in front of a lens, squarely, flat, at exactly the right distance to fill the dslr frame with the 24x36mm film image, and with a perfect, flush (i.e. no shadows along edges) diffusing surface facing the light source. Prior to the ES-2 was the ES-1 which was harder to use; various combinations of rails, bellows, and holders such as Nikon PB- and PS- series; or other vintage equipment or home-made solutions costly in time if not cash. ES-2 body has a 52mm filter thread and comes with adapters to work out-of-the-box with Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D and f/2.8 AF-S macro lenses on FX dslr bodies and 40mm f/2.8 AF-S on DX dslrs. You don't need a D850 (although the D850 is nice). ES-2 should work perfectly with any dslr and macro lens with the right combination of 52mm spacers and filter size adapters. ES-2 is easy to mount on the lens. Fine adjustment of image size and angle is obtained via a sliding sleeve that locks via thumbscrew. The thumbscrew holds it pretty well but even after the screw is as tight as you'd want to twist it, you still have to be careful when moving holders in and out of the ES-2 because it can still move. The film and slide holders work fine. That's it for the ES-2. If you want to do dslr capture of film, I highly recommend ES-2. But, if you are also considering the larger question of dslr capture vs. scanning, here are some additional thoughts: Image quality: in my experience, having used a variety of flatbed and film scanners as well as dslr capture, after reasonable post-processing there is no visible quality difference between images captured with a film scanner versus a D750. Some images are just better with one or the other but for most there ends up being no difference. Workflow: DSLR capture can be faster than scanning although overall I have not seen much difference when well-developed workflows are compared start to finish. Whether using dslr or scanner you'll need post-processing software such as Lightroom to get the most from each image. DSLR capture does have benefits: --the instant feedback from the histogram lets you optimize the exposure of each capture, especially useful to compensate for over- or under-exposed film; --dslr captures don't exhibit the shadow noise that scanned images tend to show, especially scans from black and white negatives; --the dslr does not exaggerate grain and dust the way a film scanner can. It takes fiddling and trial and error to arrive at a reasonable workflow for any type of film capture, whether using a dslr or scanner. Here are a few findings I've made along the learning curve for dslr capture: --For a light source, I use a Cree 5000K (daylight) 120W-equivalent LED floodlamp with a solid frosted front surface, in a hardware store clamp-mounted reflector held a few inches from the ES-2. This allows shutter speeds around 1/100 at ISO100 at f/8. Before getting that floodlamp I did a lot of captures with a Speedlight and found it very frustrating to control exposures. The floodlamp makes it way easier. I paid about $14 for mine at the local home improvement store. --Mount the camera and light source; don't hand-hold. --For slides and B+W, preset white balance with the light on and no media in the holder; for color negatives preset white balance on a blank area. --I compared a D7200 (24mp DX) to a D750 (24mp FX) and the FX capture was better under close comparison. The DX capture was still quite good and probably would have been indistinguishable from the FX capture under real-world viewing conditions. --Use raw capture. --Use ISO 100 and aperture-priority auto exposure and exposure compensation as needed to adjust the histogram, or use manual exposure adjusting the histogram by varying the shutter speed. --Use the shutter delay feature or remote trigger to minimize vibration. --Lenses: I use the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 AF-S micro at f/8 with Live View and manual focus and it works great. I tried a friend's Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D and image quality was identical. --Manual focus is easier and more reliable than autofocus. --Reverse negatives using software or plug-ins; don't invert the curves in Lightroom as some suggest. I use FastStone to reverse the NEF image with one click, save as TIFF, and import that to Lightroom.
    Date published: 2018-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Replaced my scanner I'm using this device with a D750 and then converting my negatives to positives in either Photoshop or Lightroom. �It has replaced the need for a drum scanner for most work. �I gave it a 4/5 because I wish the openings in the negative carrier were a little larger. �As constructed I cannot capture a small sliver of the outer edge of the exposure. �I like to have the entire frame and a little empty space to work with. �Otherwise, very well made and very well thought out. �I get huge files that allow a lot of flexibility. �A lot easier to use than a flat or film scanner. �Highly recommend this tool.
    Date published: 2018-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from does the job; works with non nikon bodies and lenses great adapter; I am shooting with a 30mm macro lens on Lumix G9 with a $20 daylight balanced LED (1/2 size of FF by crop factor, hence half focal length of recommended 60mm). With high resolution photo on G9, you do get slightly better clarity, but do you need 80MP raw file? The option is available if needed; very good resolution and no focus issues shooting at f/8. Slides and E6 films are not an issue when white balanced to the light and the film being used. The orange cast can be completely eliminated from color neg by shooting a small part of developed unexposed film and subtracting that in photoshop. Alternately, increasing the blues and greens on custom white balance can also achieve this.
    Date published: 2018-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for copying any 35mm images I ordered this last August! It finally came into stock. Mine arrived this week. Of course I just had to try it out. I have 2 D800E bodies. I put my 60mm f2.8 (latest edition) on and added the 35mm color negative. �It was easy to setup, conversion was also easy. I shot RAW file. I leave a small amount of the blank orange film area. In Camera Raw, I use the eye dropper to set the blank area. This sets the orange area to natural. I set the image as I would any negative. I then open in PS, and invert. I look for any black or dark white area. I set that to neutral in levels. I make any needed adjustments and save.
    Date published: 2018-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Past Lives On! I am thrilled to add this tool to my kit. I'm a retired newspaper shooter in Florida and I kept every old strip of black and white film I ever shot. I had an old ES-1 slide dupe adapter but it's made for mounted slides, not film strips, and I never got around to hacking my own strip film holder. So I went ahead and bought the Nikon ES-2 film digitizing adapter set, primarily because it has a six-neg strip holder with click stops, for quick and easy setup. In order to shoot with the Canon 100mm macro, I also needed a 67-62mm step down adapter, plus a stack of twelve 52mm filters as a hollow brass extension tube (with the glass busted out; easily done by wrapping the filters one at a time with an old t-shirt, then a clean hit with a ball peen hammer). The total length of the brass tube is 2.25". You may find such a tube online, or you can buy used filters cheaply from B&H. The tube was necessary because the ES-2 is designed to work with a Nikon 60mm macro lens, which has an appreciably shorter 1:1 shooting distance than my 100 mm Canon macro lens. I had no idea how easy or excellent using my camera to "scan" my old negatives was going to be. I have incredible tonal control working in Camera Raw. I've also found that the "Camera Raw Filter" is a superb tool to use AFTER opening the photos in Photoshop (not just before). This is way better than any wet darkroom process I ever worked in. I am blown away by the possibilities here... Attached is a photo I made in 1975 of rocker Elvin Bishop. I was a 19-year old sophomore when I got my first paying photo gig, as the house photographer at the old Great Southern Music Hall in Gainesville, FL. And now the past lives on!
    Date published: 2018-07-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nikon ES-2 is not perfect I'm not sure why it took Nikon so long to ship the ES-2.� First shipments were initially anticipated in November 2017, then postponed to the end of March 2018.� I got mine in April.� Given all this time, I would have expected something closer to perfect.� Still, it suits my needs fairly well. Once the focus is set, inserting and photographing slides is a fairly simple proposition. So far, I have used only the slide mount holder.� The shortcoming I see here is some play once it is inserted.� This means that some adjustment is needed while looking through the viewfinder after the slides have been positioned.� Along the same lines, while the locking screw prevents the adjustment ring from sliding once it has been positioned, it does not, contrary to the directions, see to prevent it from rotating. I might wish there were more detailed instructions, or hints and tips, about the overall process.� Which side of the slide mount holder should face the diffuser screen?� Does it matter?� What aperture is best?� Are there recommended ways to arrange the light source (I'm just pointing it out of a north-facing window during daylight hours).� But at this point, I'm making it up as I go along, and the results so far are very satisfactory.
    Date published: 2018-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth the Wait I finally received the ES-2, which was on backorder since last August. It is well made and the film holders are finely finished and operate smoothly, with click stops for each frame. Unlike the ES-1, it is plastic rather than metal, but strong and of high quality. The base using has a 52 mm thread and a telescoping section for focusing. It comes with two 62 mm adapters - a short one for a 60/2.9 AFS and long for a 60/2.8 AIS macro lens. In order to use it with manual 55/2.8 Micro Nikkor, you must impose a 10 mm extension ring between the lens and the ES-2. I use a Nikon K-4 ring, which has been discontinued. There are suitable rings available on the internet. A simple 52-62 step-up adapter is the wrong length for either ES-2 adapter. I look forward to using this slide copier. I have hundreds of rolls of negative film, printed once but never scanned. Instead of minutes per frame with a Nikon scanner, I can "scan" 5-10 rolls/hou with the ES-2 and a 24 MP camera and get equal quality.
    Date published: 2018-05-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good The adapter set is very good, typical for Nikon is well build in details and is quite full - there are two 52-62mm adapter rings - one is tube-like, I assume it's for crop DSLR (it has to be further away a bit for 1:1 size frame), the only negative is that it is fully plastic, while the first one ES-1 is fully metal. I hope they will also integrate somehow the Coolscan software for easy converting the negatives - either in camera or as ACR plug-in - even better, if you can choose film type and etc... as the original Coolscan software. The option in camera of D850 is working only in JPEG mode, which is not good for me, first I want uncompressed file and second I use the HDR mode as it gives much more dynamic for the slides. I could easily be done and I hope it will be in future.
    Date published: 2018-05-08
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