Best tools and equipment to digitise film negatives with DSLR, without breaking the bank

I am considering buying Lomography DigitaLIZA film masks for both 35mm and 120mm film to use within my digitisation process, however I am unsure of the best methods around the other areas of my process.

I struggle for back-lighting of the negatives mainly. I have an iPad in which I initially used, showing a blank white screen with my film negative on top and a glass/perspex sheet on top to flatten out. However, I found that upon inspecting the photos of my negatives, I could actually see the pixels of the Retina display in the whiter areas. I have gotten better results with no pixels in the background when lifting the negatives up, away from the screen and resting the setup on top of say a cardboard box, however this can sometimes lead into another problem… Making sure everything is level.

I have seen people use copy stands and film viewing light panels, but from what the products I have viewed this can start to incur great cost.

Does anybody have similar experience with digitising film negatives and a way to do it without breaking the bank?

Am I getting out-of-control with buying equipment? [closed]

I started getting serious about photography two years ago before heading to Iceland for a trip. I bought a D40 and a Tokina wide-angle for landscapes for a total cost of about $ 900.

I got some decent shots. For example, Skogafoss

Over the past two years I’ve added a Sigma 70-300mm 4.6f at about $ 250 and a Nikon 50mm 1.8f for about $ 225. Still getting some good shots including these from last month:

Tokina: Sunrise

Sigma: Crabby Patty

Nikon: Sunset

In November, I’m taking a trip to Africa and am considering upgrading. Right now, I’m sitting on the fence between upgrading the body to a Nikon D700 or keeping the D40 and getting a 300mm f/2.8 VRII. Either one of those options means spending as much or more on upgrading gear than on the trip itself.

So my question is, as a hobbyist with some semi-pro aspirations and a desire to enter serious amateur competitions, am I getting out of control with buying gear too early, or should I just keep getting better with what I have right now? Primarily, I just love taking photos. Making money and entering contests will always be secondary. I just wonder with where I am in my current abilities if so much money going into gear will bring an equivalent amount of satisfaction from something that I’m not really doing for the money or notoriety.

What kind of lens, optics, or other equipment was used to take this uber wide angle photo?

The BBC News article UK Antarctic meteorite hunt bags large haul shows this ultra wide angle photo looking straight down to the ground yet capturing copious quantities of blue sky around the edges, and I can’t understand how this can be done. I can’t tell the angular FOV but it’s way beyond 180 degrees.

What kind of lenses, optics, or other equipment are used to do this? How is this done?

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Most of the space rocks in collections were picked up in the Antarctic. KATHERINE JOY / UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

DnD 5e Adventurer’s League 5e Variant Starter Equipment?

I’m making an Adventurers League character. He’s a fighter but I want to start him off with Medium Armor (Scale Armor) instead of Heavy Armor (Chain Mail). With my stats, the only difference between the two sets of armor is the cost and the weight of the armor. So is it within Adventurers League’s rules to be able to exchange the two armor sets? I don’t expect to gain gold from the exchange of armor…

If someone has Reduce/Enlarge Person cast on them, does equipment picked up later (after the initial casting) resize?

The rules for enlarge person and reduce person say “All equipment worn or carried by a creature is similarly [reduced or enlarged] by the spell.” Does that happen once at the beginning of the spell for the duration of the spell or do other things picked up later also change in size?

Which one of the two is it, and wouldn’t the latter have really strange consequences, such as if you pick up a friend all their equipment (but not the friend itself) would become while you carry it/him?

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Is there any equipment available in the Feywild in published adventures that is not ordinarily available to characters?

My DM has taken us into the Feywild, into an elven city that should be complete with shops, trading post and the like. We’re heavy with gold and I’d like to take the opportunity to obtain items I couldn’t ordinarily come by.

I know the DM could create this opportunity but the thing is, he’s not too imaginative about such things. On the other hand, he’s generally really open to players’ suggestions for fleshing out the environment — but he strongly prefers our requests to make reference to published materials.

So are there any such items that could be available, that can be backed up with any good references? Maybe in other published adventures?

Can chain lightning (and perhaps, spells with similar wording) target worn or carried equipment?

Chain lightning can specifically target objects and does not specify that the object must be unattended; spells like fireball or lightning bolt do. Does this mean its secondary targets can be objects worn or carried by the initial target creature? Can the initial target be an object worn or carried by a creature? What about any combination of these?

You create a bolt of lightning that arcs toward a target of your choice that you can see within range. Three bolts then leap from that target to as many as three other targets, each of which must be within 30 feet of the first target. A target can be a creature or an object [no specification unattended or otherwise] and can be targeted by only one of the bolts.

A target must make a Dexterity saving throw. The target takes 10d8 lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successfully one. (PHB p. 221, emphasis mine.)

Dealing 10d8 damage to up to three worn or carried objects after zapping the creature seems to be a really effective way to use this spell; it would probably break things you don’t want your enemy to use and deal him a good chunk of damage. This potential use of the spell, its expected damage output, and the comparatively low HP of objects suggested in the DMG make for a potentially pretty electrifying attack.


Related, though I couldn’t find an answer here.

How does the Chain Lightning spell target?

This one’s accepted answer does address areas of effect, though I think chain lightning is different enough to warrant my question.

What qualifies for the target of a spell?