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[filmscanners] Scanning 4x5" in Nikon LS-8000

First of all, a disclaimer - don't try this at home.

After purchasing an LS-8000 last week, I have been staring at the film
holders and a 4x5" transparency - would it be possible to somehow fit a 4x5"
sheet into one of the film holders?

It had to be done in four different scans that would be stitched together.
Film flatness would of course be important, as well as alignment. On Friday
I finally hacked away at the FH835S neg strip holder with my Dremel tool.

The result is actually promising so far. The workflow starts with scanning
one 56 mm wide strip in two 6x7 scans, then rotating the film 180 degrees
and scanning a second overlapping strip in two more scans. Then stitching in
Photoshop. The total scanned width is 87 mm (my Readyloads have an opening
92mm wide).

It does involve some work, and of course a high-end flatbed or an Imacon
would be much better, and easier to use.

First I tried scanning at 4000 dpi, but with resulting image files towards a
gigabyte my poor old 450MHz computer did not do very well (even though I
have a GB of RAM). 2000 dpi is workable, though, gives a file size of about
180 MB.

Best regards,


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