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Old 31 Mar 2006
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slides from digital possible?

I am not into digital cameras much, having a love affair with 35mm. I do have a digital camer, but it doesn't have interchangeble lens, F stop reduction, or any of the tools that my 35s do. Still, it can store 300 pics.
My hope is that there is a digital process that can make my photos into slides. So far, I've been told no. If this remains true then I will have to take more cameras on "The Trip" I had planned on one 35 F-1 Canon and the digital. Does anyone carry big lenses? I hate to leave them behind, but if any experienced long distance riders advise against them, I guess I will listen to advise. I have to have slides though.

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I carry Medium Format equipment. More than 6 kilos of lenses and camera body alone, some 1/5 of the pannier room takes the film rolls, so around half a pannier is fit with photo equipment.

I do prefer film above any digital, because i do alternative processes on B&W material.

Re: digital photos to slides? Where's the point doing that if there're very good digital projectors enlarging the photos to the wall on presentations and there are good hi-end monitors if you need good quality looking them from the monitor?
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There are several processes to make slides of digital pictures but I don’t know what it’s available where you live.
I have tried it but even with a good dSLR-camera I don’t think the quality was good enough – but there might be different processes.

Do a google-search on "digital to slide" and you will get about 60 results.

Margus: The price of a “very good digital projector” is about the same of the price for a new bike. Don’t mix up with the cheap stuff for home use because it’s not even close to the quality of a cheap slide projector. (Yes there are good digital projectors but it costs).

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I just made a google search "slides from your digital photos" and got this as my first hit: http://www.iprintfromhome.com/image_...7349&pid=25704

In other words, this is a simple thing to acchieve, just upload your digital phtos and order your 35mm slide copies online.

I would however consider going the other way round though, converting your old negatives, slides and paper photos to digital format. Adequate digital LCD projectors have become quite inexpensive.

Just hook up your camera, camcorder, computer or dvd player, directly to the projector and view your show. Some projectors even have slots for putting in your memory card and view your slides directly from the card. The digital medium can be viewed on TV's, pc monitors, projectors, etc. You can automize transitions, add lots of transitional effects, mix still photos and video, add narration and music, add numerous visual effects, etc. Also, this stuff is really easy to learn, for anyone!

My personal opinion: converting your digital photos into 35 mm slides is like converting your cd collection into eight track casettes. Never the less, the nostalgia of old technology is great, and I'm sure you have your reasons for going this way and not the other.
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Margus: The price of a “very good digital projector” is about the same of the price for a new bike. Don’t mix up with the cheap stuff for home use because it’s not even close to the quality of a cheap slide projector. (Yes there are good digital projectors but it costs).
I agree the slide projector is much cheaper, but it looks to me the prices of digital projectors are going down very fast like the most of digital prices are. Maybe worth cheking the eBay?

I find that when using digital anyway, then why to hassle with making the digitals to slide. When i use 120 slide film then the raw cost of doing one pic (film+development) is about 1US dollar per pic, for 35mm it's about half cheaper, so if you have 500 digital photos that you want to make slides of (it's probably more expensive than just shooting film with film camera indeed) so around 250-500$ per such serie, add the cost of slide holders, dust blowers, cleaning materias and your own time. How many series you need to make up the cost of proper digital projector along all the hassle involved with the proccess of making them to slides, sorting them by hand etc while fully digital equipment requires no such thing, just plug-and-play?

So i'd rather go to fully digital OR just use film SLR camera with analogue projector to keep the costs in control if it was me. Making cross hybrid from digital to analogue seems like pricy and hassle-rich option, vice versa it's much cheaper, all you need is 35mm film scanner that go around very cheap now (Epson Photo series).

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thanks all. issue solved. I thought I needed to change the digital stuff into slides becasue I haven't seen a digital slide project thingamabob. apparently there are many out there. not to worry. the reason and the only reason for the slides is so we can earn so bucks when we come back to korea. old woman will be the first korean woman to make an around the world trip on a scooter. the feminist appeal is already high. she is old, widowed, remarried, handicapped, so is entirely atypical korean female, As such, she has been asked to appear on t.v., newspapers, etc. and we haven't even left yet. schools want her to present slide shows when we get back in 2010--12. Me, i have always liked my 35s but to carry or use the amount of film she needs ????? so, i got a digital, not too crazy about it, but it does ok work. no big lenses, no real adjustments. anyhow, thanks much for answering the problems caused by changing technololgy. i still marvel at the computer.
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Be sure to carry TWO digital cameras - as all things more complicated than a rock, they can fail. Do a lot of reading here and in the Communications forums on backup and storage of digital media.

If your film camera is a Canon EOS, Canon makes great digital SLR's that use those lenses, and the price of the (non-pro) bodies are surprisingly reasonable.
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You can make slides from digital. Any good digital store or laboratory can do it easily. I can't say where but it is possible here in Türkiye. If it is possible here, should be more easily in the States.

I carry 35 mm system most of the time with different lenses. I don't use digital. Sometimes I carry my medium format system and lenses with my bike. No problem at all.
But I know that zoom lenses are not good to carry on the bike bec. of vibration. You must prefer focal fixed lenses with bike like 24 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 85 mm, 200 mm etc. as to your taste or choice.
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Travelling with SLR

As Grant already said, try to take a backup body with you. Though, personally, I intend to stick & travel with Nikon. I'm planning to take a digital Nikon SLR and a manual focus Nikon FM3n. The FM3n is great. It will take all latest lenses, and it doesn't need a battery. Fully manual. But WITH a battery, it provides semi-automatic (aperture priority) – the only camera with a hybrid shutter system.
But careful: if you plan to go that way (Nikon), make sure you get lenses that have an aperture ring. Nikon's "G" type lenses don't have an aperture ring any more, and if you put them on an old-school manual focus body, they'll only work at a fixed aperture.
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