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EZ setup to copy stuff w digital camera

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Post Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:30 am

EZ setup to copy stuff w digital camera



A digital camera stuck on a 4 legged tripod with adjustable rails to hold down pages in a book or just hold the camera steady is one of my new projects.

I am using a Canon camera with software from http://www.breezesys.com/ that permits me full control and viewing of the camera on my computer monitor.

I can zoom in and out and use all camera settings from the computer and it works ok .

I want an easier to use set up where it works just like a photocopier.

An digital camera mounted upside down in a convention scanner (gutted) where the book or tool would be placed on the glass and a button tapped to shoot the image.

Problem is glass creates huge amount of reflection and plexi glass is not much better.

1) Is there a glass or plexiglass that is virtually reflection free?

2) Typically I want to shoot an area of about 8.5 by 11 with the camera about 18 inches from the document.

My 4.3 megapixel camera gives result that at best are tolerable .
Any suggestions what the best megapixel level would be with out going into overkill (higher expense). ?

Thanks for any suggestions or comments.
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Post Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:53 pm

Re: EZ setup to copy stuff w digital camera

That's a great idea. Thanks for posting the link - I'm sure a lot f the members will find this useful.


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Post Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:28 pm

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i've thought of making something similar to this b4. glad to see some ones done it.


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Post Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:31 am

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This is useful and interesting. I'm really going to have to take a look at this software, and experiment. Thanks for the post!
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Post Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:19 am

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I've considered doing something like that before, but alas, were is the time?
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Post Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:01 am

Re: EZ setup to copy stuff w digital camera

I have a business reproducing old books, a sort of a sideline as my real occupation is locksmithing. A few thoughts. It is better for the book to not be opened flat, most digital copy systems for books use a cradle that positions the book in a V shape, not open all the way, obviously your camera must be at the same angle.

I use an inexpensive book scanner that is quite effective and does better than a camera in most cases. Plustek OpticBook 3800 is the scanner.

For copying larger flat material I do use a copy stand and have a piece of non-reflective glass on it, it does reflect but not if the light is 45 degrees off axis. I bought the glass from a Disney animator and I don't know where he bought it.

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