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    8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Just posting a link that might be helpful so those who scan 8x10 on Epson v700 - v850 scanners. I have two of these being machined for me and I will let you know how well it works out.

    http://bendolman-photography-journal...0-film-on.html

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Very interesting - Thanks for sharing !
    Looking forward to your own experience with these.
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    Following link is just a recent sample, pending presentable Large Format production...
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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre 2 View Post
    Very interesting - Thanks for sharing !
    Looking forward to your own experience with these.
    Pierre
    Ok the results came with an added bonus - better sharpness! So the holder is very basic as expected but the aluminum is sturdy enough to mount the negative with decent tension with tape. Below are the pictures of the simple frame and the 1200 DPI scan from a 8x10 negative that shows the added sharpness with the holder.

    Holder in Epson v700


    Holder on lightbox with negative


    8x10 1200 DPI Crop Without Holder


    8x10 1200 DPI Crop Without Holder (Increased sharpness)


    I got this for color negatives but I haven't shot any color negatives just yet (still new to 8x10). However, I do have Portra film that I will be shooting when family is in town during 4th of July. I am fairly confident that this will avoid newton rings.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Very interesting.

    Seems many of us have various ways of finding 'good enough' to quote from another thread.

    I use a different, but not better method, unnecessary to specify again, as it's in the archive here somewhere.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    I scan my "snapshot" 8x10 negatives on my Epson 4990 scanner by placing a piece of Tru-Vue Ultra Vue glass over the negative while it's laying directly on the platen glass. Works perfect for me I don't find anti-newton rings and the sharpness/quality is pretty good considering the scanner.


    BTW, do you have any more aluminum 8x10 negative frames? I'd buy one

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    I'd buy one as well

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Pali,
    I like the idea very much, but what would stop me from doing this (or buying this) is that I couldn't scan a full 8x10 negative, including the black borders.
    Am I correct in thinking that, or might it be possible?
    I know it's nitpicking, but I'm one of those people who prints/scans 100% of every image, including borders.

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Ari brings up a good point...I didn't realize the borders were being cropped off :/

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Pali,
    I like the idea very much, but what would stop me from doing this (or buying this) is that I couldn't scan a full 8x10 negative, including the black borders.
    Am I correct in thinking that, or might it be possible?
    I know it's nitpicking, but I'm one of those people who prints/scans 100% of every image, including borders.
    Ari, you're absolutely correct. The frame is cropped by the holder which sucks. The only way to avoid it would be to cut the holder to the exact size of the film and then use clear tape to mount the negative. Or you can scan the negative and then Photoshop the cropped layer on top. The align-layers tool should make the process easier.

    Knowing the sharpness benefit, it will be hard for me to scan without it now. Posting another negative that I re-scanned to see if sharpness is indeed a major improvement and once again, holder is significantly sharper on my scanner.

    Full Scans [Without holder on left]


    100% Zoom Resolution Comparison Unsharpned Originals [Without holder on left]


    For those who are interested in getting one, I am sure that I can make it work if there is enough interest. I would be passing it to you guys at cost but keep the following in mind. This was made at my dad's CNC shop that is his retirement business. He wouldn't mind making a few of these but his shop is one that moves slow and he would have to squeeze these into his schedule. I could get an idea from him on how much it would be at cost for him but I am pretty sure that it will be cheaper if we can get multiples, 10+, vs. just 2 or 3. The only cost I know so far is that he paid approx $20 on ebay for the 2 aluminum sheets.

    Pali

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    Re: 8x10 Scanning DIY for Epson scanners (v700/v750/v800/v850)

    I will want one.

    Whatever it takes.

    Thanks!

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