DIY negative viewer

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  1. Craig Swensson

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    greetings, anyone around who has made one of these?
    I get the idea, a box with glass top and a light inside.
    Some improvements on the above would be appreciated.
    regards,
    CW
     
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    Sure-- just google "DIY light table" or "DIY light box" you'll get plenty of ideas and plans.

    Rick
     
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    Between my wife and I, we have three: One "store-bought" and two hand made. I made a small one and a larger was made by someone else, and I picked it up at a camera swap and "improved" it.

    You understand the concept, and there ain't much more to it than that.

    The "trick", if there is one, is to get the lighting even.
    Suggest not using tungsten light sources, due to the heat.
    Find some white plastic ("milk glass") for the top.
     
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    I have bought one recently, that lets me hang it on the wall, and has tube that give me 5000K.

    Prior to that it was a 1' wide by 4' long x1' deep with a 3' long flourescent tube that I made back in high school. It had a white acrylic top; the inside of the box was painted white.
    It was very useful when first made to sort though hundreds of slides for a year end multiple projector slide presentation, but was a pain to haul with me as I moved though life after finishing high school.
     
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    The one I use most is a 5x4 battery model. Easy to pull out when I need it.
     
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    What a cool site, i might post my monopod made from an extendable mop handle there. cheers


    David Brown
    The "trick", if there is one, is to get the lighting even

    thanx David, this is the `little extra' i was after.

    thanx all and regards,
    CW
     
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    I am building a small light table in my new dark room and was concerned about flourecsent light leaking light even after it is turned off.
    /matti

     
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    hallo

    whats about led as lightsource??
    good or not????
     
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    Why not keep a dark, or dense piece of cloth, or some other material handy to cover it when it is initially turned off?
     
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    Try an ebay search for "x-ray viewer". Since almost all medical and dental x-rays are now digital, millions of viewing boxes have been discarded - i know, I've got one. They almost always have 2 fluorescent tubes and reflectors to give even illumination to the corners so fine for B/W not so good for colour. There are at least 2 on UK eBay at the moment, probably cheaper than you can make your own.
    Richard
     
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    I proof on a scanner or use a loupe and small table lamp with a white paper under it. Nothing complicated.
     
  13. Craig Swensson

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    made one thanx all, had all the bits required in the garage ,works a treat.
    regards
    CW