Re: negative scanners (OT)
Another way to vary the distance is by gluing small round washer to the bottom of a plain piece of glass that fits over the scanner glass. You can find washer of this type at hardware stores from 0.25mm up to well over 2mm.
However, Doug Fisher's mounting station is a good value in my estimation for the Epsons 4990, V700 and V750. You can also use it on a number of other scanners. For example, I use it on my Scitex EverSmart Pro scanner. The oil mount station sold by Creo Kodak for the EverSmart sells for over $1000, so at $60 the Fisher mounting system saves more than a little money.
If you have never tried fluid mounting you should give it a try. It won't improve sharpness (that is a product of the lens and CCD), but it will improve micro-contrast, reduce the appearance of grain, and eliminate small spots and scratches on the negative.
At 6:00 PM -0400 7/1/07, SusanV wrote:
Haha... Hey Eric. I felt the same way when I read it! So darned easy. I do wish I could give credit for the person who shared the idea, but I can't remember, darnit. eat your vegetables, Susan On 6/30/07, eric nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Your tip just gave me a V8 moment!Thanks. Eric On 6/30/07, SusanV <email@example.com> wrote:Regarding "best plane of focus"... I read somewhere an easy way of finding this on a flatbed. Using a stack of business cards or something similar, fan them out a bit so that each card edge extends past the others in the stack, then place this on the scanner bed and scan. Note the card edge with the sharpest image. In my case it was the third card... so the focusing distance is 3 cards high. Happily for me, that also happens to be exactly where my Epson stock negative holder places the neg. susan gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com On 6/28/07, Sandy King <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > For $60 you can buy a fluid mount kit for the Epson 4990, V700 or > V750. See http://www.betterscanning.com/scanning/mstation.html > > This mounting station provides for adjustment to plane of best focus, > and fluid mount on the under side of the mounting station. These two > features together will provide a significant increase in quality of > scan with the Epson flatbeds. > > Sandy King > > > > > > > At 12:38 AM -0400 6/28/07, Ryuji Suzuki wrote: > > > >In my comparison of V700 and Coolscan scanner (5000 and 9000), > >V700 delivers just as good resolution for 35mm > >format. However, 5000 scans faster. Another thing is that > >V700, like any scanner, is very sensitive to the glass-to-film > >distance, but Epson ships the scanner with flimsy plastic > >crap, which is usable, but requires some tests to get full > >potential performance. > > > > > > -- susan gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com-- susan gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com website www.dalyvoss.com