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April, 2015

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The pros & cons of using a digital still camera vs. a digital video camera when copying with ShotCopy
As you may have noticed there is a transformation taking place in the digital camera world of video versus still camera photography.

Video and still cameras are being integrated into one device to   perform both still and video photography.

So what is the best device to use to copy slides and negatives with ShotCopy?

With the digital still camera you may have to purchase a macro lens or adapter attachment to get close enough to the image to be copied to fill the viewfinder.

With most digital video cameras the image can be focused to almost touching the lens.  More than adequate for copying slides, negatives and small photographs with ShotCopy.

 Try it for yourself, you decide which is better.  Just take your camera and see if it will focus close enough to a slide or negative to fill the camera viewfinder.  If so, ShotCopy will work for you, holding the image rock solid for your camera to copy with a click of the shutter.

Also, ShotCopy will migrate with you over the years as technology marches on instead of some other systems which will become obsolete.

How can I make sure my digital camera will work with ShotCopy before I buy?

ShotCopy is designed for digital cameras (still or video) that can focus clearly to within one inch of the camera lens.

Here is a simple test that you can use that requires only a white sheet of paper and a sharp, clean 35mm slide image. This test can be done on your existing camera or you can take these items with you if you're in the market for a new camera.

Basically, the test consist of holding the slide to within one inch of camera lens and using the white sheet of paper to bounce reflected light onto the back of the slide so that the slide image becomes viewable through the camera's viewfinder. Keep the white reflector relatively close to the back of the slide so you don't see the edges of the reflector through the slide. The camera should focus clearly on the illuminated slide.

If it does not focus on the slide look at another camera model that has a Macro-Focus feature.

That's all there is to it! A simple and quick way to test and verify that ShotCopy will work for you.

Also, if you have an existing camera that won't focus to within one inch of the lens, consider trying close-up lenses as explained in the next article to the upper right in yellow.

Having trouble getting your camera to focus to within one inch of the lens?

Consider purchasing a set of inexpensive close-up lenses that fit your camera lens.

Diopter Lens - Click for video

Make sure your camera lens is set for wide-angle viewing.

Sometimes auto focus systems constantly hunt on some digital cameras (constantly adjusting focus) - try setting your camera to allow you to focus manually.