Slideshow & Slide Copying

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Hello!

I'm just beginning to use Lightroom 6 on a more consistent basis and had a few questions:
  1. I'm now creating a slide show using Lightroom's Slideshow module, but creating the preview seems to be taking a VERY long time. I have approximately 380 slides selected and each is a 14 mb .NEF file. It's been running a full day and is up to slide #161. Is this normal? Should I have used the .JPG files instead? Any recommendations would be appreciated.
  2. I have 4,000 slides I'd like to digitize, but no time to scan them all. My understanding from the DAM book on the subject is that copying is now preferred due to the speed, and the equivalence of the result. Then there's the hardware set-up: I'm considering copying off a projector, since it would likely be faster to load a tray of slides, and shoot using a macro lens. Anyone have experience with this? Is there a way to integrate the shot into Lightroom as soon as it's taken?
Hope to hear,

Tom
 
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(1) no, something is wrong. Make sure you get to the latest version, as there were some bugs if I recall. Try building previews outside of slide show, sometimes it helps. It should take no longer, and probably less time, than building previews to get ready.

(2) I went through a lot of slides very quickly with a macro lens and a Nikon ES-1 slide adapter. I put the camera on a tripod, used a flash to light it (I actually used two flashes so they would collectively last longer and perhaps be more even light) and would just pop a slide out of the tray, blow it off (also tried wiping with micro-fiber, and maybe better though a bit more dangerous), pop it in, expose with the camera tethered to Lightroom, glance to make sure it looked good on the screen, repeat and repeat and repeat.

Slides went very quickly, no problems at all. Negatives not so much.
 
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(1) no, something is wrong. Make sure you get to the latest version, as there were some bugs if I recall. Try building previews outside of slide show, sometimes it helps. It should take no longer, and probably less time, than building previews to get ready.

(2) I went through a lot of slides very quickly with a macro lens and a Nikon ES-1 slide adapter. I put the camera on a tripod, used a flash to light it (I actually used two flashes so they would collectively last longer and perhaps be more even light) and would just pop a slide out of the tray, blow it off (also tried wiping with micro-fiber, and maybe better though a bit more dangerous), pop it in, expose with the camera tethered to Lightroom, glance to make sure it looked good on the screen, repeat and repeat and repeat.

Slides went very quickly, no problems at all. Negatives not so much.
 

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Welcome to this forum Tom.
1.) is this a mix of portrait and landscape oriented photo's?
2.) Peter Krogh wrote a book about the subject and his experience is also that color negatives are a lot more difficult to scan with camera than slides.
 
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Welcome to this forum Tom.
1.) is this a mix of portrait and landscape oriented photo's?
2.) Peter Krogh wrote a book about the subject and his experience is also that color negatives are a lot more difficult to scan with camera than slides.
Roelof, thanks for the response:
1) Yes there is a mix of portrait and landscape.
2) I'm reading Peter Krogh's book now, but it has no mention of the projector-based equipment set-up.
Also, I've updated to Lightroom 6 ver. 6.12, but it's still very slow.
 
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(1) no, something is wrong. Make sure you get to the latest version, as there were some bugs if I recall. Try building previews outside of slide show, sometimes it helps. It should take no longer, and probably less time, than building previews to get ready.

(2) I went through a lot of slides very quickly with a macro lens and a Nikon ES-1 slide adapter. I put the camera on a tripod, used a flash to light it (I actually used two flashes so they would collectively last longer and perhaps be more even light) and would just pop a slide out of the tray, blow it off (also tried wiping with micro-fiber, and maybe better though a bit more dangerous), pop it in, expose with the camera tethered to Lightroom, glance to make sure it looked good on the screen, repeat and repeat and repeat.

Slides went very quickly, no problems at all. Negatives not so much.
Thanks, Ferguson. The update fixed the problem.
 
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