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    Lightbox for film scanning

    I'm having trouble finding anyone recommending any other lightbox besides the Kaiser Slimlite Plano:

    (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...k_battery.html)

    This one is out of stock everywhere I can find it. Does anyone have experience with anything else that they would recommend? This one is in stock and looks like a decent candidate but I haven't found many reviews or many people talking about it for film scanning. They don't specify color temperature or CRI ratings, etc.:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...t_panel_6.html

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    See if your doctor,clinic,or hospital has gone completely digital for x-rays and is ready to discard their x-ray viewer. I have one, and procured one for the college where I taught for 20 years.

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    FYI,
    My attempts to use fluorescent bulb light boxes have been unsuccessful.

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Looks to me that a larger Kaiser is available (at the bottom of the page), but it costs more.

    Les

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by Leszek Vogt View Post
    Looks to me that a larger Kaiser is available (at the bottom of the page), but it costs more.

    Les
    Yeah, I saw they have the larger one but I'm trying to avoid it both for cost and size reasons. I won't be shooting anything larger than 4x5 so it's overkill.

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by cablerelease View Post
    Yeah, I saw they have the larger one but I'm trying to avoid it both for cost and size reasons. I won't be shooting anything larger than 4x5 so it's overkill.
    B&H also sells a smaller 4X5 Logan light panel.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...SABEgIpp_D_BwE

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by sanking View Post
    B&H also sells a smaller 4X5 Logan light panel.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...SABEgIpp_D_BwE

    Sandy
    I anticipate getting a panaroma back for my 4x5 so I don't think that little one will be best long term.

    Does anyone have any opinions on the Porta-Trace/Gagne light boxes? Such as the one I posted in my first comment?

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    If you're doing anything with color you'll need a relatively expensive lightbox. There are past threads where Bob S. as well as myself explain why, but the main reason is that these devices are rarely what they claim in terms of color accuracy or evenness. There's quite a bit involved to making an accurate one.

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Make your own. I use a Pixel P50 as the light source, white, solid PVC for the box, and white acrylic for the top.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    I made mine too - a big so-so version just for sorting out negatives and chromes, but also a smaller very precise one for color repro work and critical evaluation.

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