Nikon D850 doubles as 35mm film scanner with ES-2 adapter

Aug 25, 2017

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Nikon D850 doubles as 35mm film scanner with ES-2 adapter

Aug 25, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Nikon D850 was officially announced yesterday, and we went through all of its features. The camera undoubtedly thrilled many digital photographers, but there’s another useful feature occasional film photographers will find useful.

With the optional ES-2 film digitizing adapter, Nikon D850 doubles as a 45.7 MP film scanner. You can use it for both 35mm negatives and slides, and take advantage of the high pixel count on the latest Nikon’s DSLR.

This adapter is designed to be fitted in front of the lens. It holds the film at the minimum focusing distance of the lens to ensure critical sharpness. Nikon recommends using it with macro lenses, such as AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED. For scanning negative strips, you need the FH-4 strip film holder with the ES-2 adapter. For scanning slides, use the FH-5 slide mount holder.

If you plan to buy the Nikon D850, you may find this useful for scanning your 35mm negatives. It seems like a good solution for those who still grab their film camera sometimes, but it can also come in handy if you want to scan the negatives from the pre-digital era. It’s also worth noting that the adapter is suitable for any other camera, even though it was designed with D850 in mind. The reason it’s particularly suitable for the D850 is the camera’s dedicated Negative Digitizer mode. It can automatically reverse colors in-camera to make the digitizing process faster.

The ES-2 is available for preorders, along with the FH-4 Strip Film Holder and FH-5 Slide Mount Holder. You can get them separately, but the film scanning set includes all three and costs $140.

[via DPReview]

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9 responses to “Nikon D850 doubles as 35mm film scanner with ES-2 adapter”

  1. DUCK! Avatar
    DUCK!

    This could be the start of a competition by the manufacturers to fulfil the needs of those increasing number of people that are still interested in photography, as opposed to digital imagery.

    First one major manufacturer then another and very soon we will have something half useful.

  2. Danny Legros Avatar
    Danny Legros

    Damn. Getting GAS bad

  3. Andrew Pollock Avatar
    Andrew Pollock

    My guess is DIYPhoto will have an article in less than 96 hours with someone doing this with PVC and/or 3d printed tubes that replicate this.

    1. Mike DF Avatar
      Mike DF

      Gaffer tape, Pringles tube (empty)….

    2. nacezavrl Avatar
      nacezavrl

      my guess is it will cost about 39$

  4. Autumn Jay Avatar
    Autumn Jay

    Why

  5. George Avatar
    George

    Looks just like a slide copier I used to have many years aga. Must see if I can find it again!

  6. James Baker Avatar
    James Baker

    Nice !

  7. the_ul Avatar
    the_ul

    diy is a nice solution here, with one slight problem – the color cast of color negatives, so there’s a lot more to do than just flipping the colors. last time i checked (not too recently) all the solutions/tutorials involved quite a hassle to achieve decent colors, so in-camera processing is a quite tempting solution.