Off set zooms on to a sharp slide looks a lot better than straight in zooms.
Stills cut into other real moving shots often won't be noticed as a still. To
do this it is easier to move the slide to hold focus and flatness. Canon makes
a great little slide copier, FP 100, for camcorders. The source is day light
corrected, is small and covers the frame well. I use strong corrected diopters
to focus close and move the slide with a small cam that gives a smooth start
and stop. Century Precision Optics has corrected diopters. (See Crank
For camcorders a close-up tube adapter with a diopter is also available from
Canon, but most consumer camcorders have poor zoom controls. This diopter allows
some closer focus. Adding an additional diopter allows tighter zooms. Cut in
two, it will allow the front section which holds the slide copier above to be
moved separately. The tubes are a handy 2.00" OD.
Because the moves are small they have to be very smooth and the camera and slide
equipment has to be well connected to each other.
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