Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set review

Dust off old 35mm film negatives and slides and give them a new lease of life with the Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter

Nikon ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter Set
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The ES-2 Digitizing Adapter kit works well, but it feels overpriced for a collection of plastic holders and adapters, given that you will also need one of the three compatible macro lenses, but it does make use of the D850’s resolving power. However, a quality flatbed or dedicated film scanner can be had for less than the combined cost of an ES-2 kit and lens, though the scanning process can be much slower.


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    Simple slide/negative digitization system

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    Automatic inversion of negatives with Nikon D850

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    Faster duplication than with film scammer


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    You need a compatible macro lens & camera

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    Limited filter mount options

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    High cost of kit

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Nikon’s Film Digitizing Adapter ES-2 kit was designed to harness the power of the Nikon D850’s 45.7MP resolving power to create exceptionally high-resolution digital scans of your old analogue film negatives and slides –  whether they be color or monochrome. You will also need a compatible Nikon macro lens in order to use the ES-2.

Although launched for use with the D850, lots have people have used this kit with other Nikon cameras including the 45 megapixel mirrorless full-frame Nikon Z7 and Z7 II. In terms of macro lens, The ES-2 Digitizer can be mounted on Nikon’s AF-S DX Micro 40mm f/2.8G, AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8 ED, or AF Micro 60mm f/2.8D. The two 60mm lenses require 62mm adapter rings, included in the ES-2 kit. The recent Z-mount Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S also has a 62mm filter ring, making it a suitable choice for use with the kit.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.