Nikon “shookt” the photography world over the past 24 to 48 hours when they launched their latest flagship DSLR – the D850. It boasts a whopping 45.7 megapixels, 4k and 8k time-lapse capabilities, and the lowest base ISO 64 among others setting the bar high for their competitors.
With all that bling, there’s only one thing that mattered for us film photographers during the D850’s launch… the ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter. For just P7,650 or close to the amount of a legit film scanner, you get an accessory that will let you scan your 35mm or slide film yourself using a DSLR. Sounds good, right?
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Here’s the catch though, you’ll have to use it with the D850, which has this feature that automatically reverses the colors and stores scanned film into a JPEG image. Yes, this would mean that you would have to spend at least P168,364 (body only) to be able to scan your films faster.
That’s not even considering the other purchases you need to make such as the lens, as well as the FH-4 Strip Film Holder and the FH-5 Slide Mount that’s available for P2,038 and P1,273, respectively. Ouch!
We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not this will be a good investment for you. But hey, at least you get a monster of a camera that you could use to earn money on the side such as event coverage, paid shoots, or scanning film for others. Or you could just cross your fingers that future entry to mid-level Nikon DSLRs will get the digitizing feature too.