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Re: filmscanners: Sprintscan 120 focus/carriers
I have a problem with this (newish) scanner. In almost everything
I've scanned so far I'm getting very patchy focus across the files.
I'm comparing the file sharpness with 35mm scans from my Nik LS200
and 120 scans from an old Minolta Dimage Scanmulti.
The problem appears to be the film carrier because I got sharp
results by chopping the negs up and putting them in slide mounts.
Anyone who has an SS120 will testify to the carriers' bad design;
they lack any cross bar or masking across the neg.
It's most obvious in a grainy black and white neg produced by T-Max
3200 with large sharp grain. At 100% or so the Nikon and Polaroid
scans look reasonably sharp but the Polaroid's look very soft.
I was willing to believe that I was being distracted by the
Polaroid's increase in detail and tonal range but the slide mount
test says different. Is there a way of nailing focus in a scan, like
the way we used a focus finder in the darkroom? Can you position the
focus point manually in Silverfast Ai or Vuescan?
Failing that, anyone know of a redesigned film carrier?
Cheers for any help