In my last post I talked about how to prepare Silverfast for negative scanning. Today I aill show you how I mount my medium format film into an Epson V700 film holder. Therefore I have prepared a short video showing how I do the mounting. Let me just tell you real quick why I use the conventional Epson holders and not any kind of third party holders which get good critiques. Well, I have used them, literally every mounting solution availbale for the Epson V-series, and I must say in the end they are not worth the effort. I find the conventional standrad Epson film holder do their job very well. Maybe I am lucky and my scanner is manufactured the way it should be, but I was able to get better sharpness and grain from the Epson holders than from any other holder I was using.
Before we mounting the film I always clean my scanner. I use glass cloths from Zeiss and a simple microfibre cleaning cloth to get rid of dust and contamination on the scanner glass. If I have not used my scanner for a while I start with a brush to get rid of dust particle before using the cleaning cloths. Anyway, make sure the scanner surface is a s clean as possible and also have a look on the film holder which maybe needs a short treatment as well. It is also advisable to work in an area that is as dust free as possible.
- have your negatives ready
- use gloves for all negative handling
- use a dust blower to clean the negatives when mounted
- put the holders directly on the scanner after mounting
- For film from the Hasselblad V-System use a scanner mask for best results.
- The Epson V700 holder work best with the emulsion side of the film (dull side) facing upwards.
Excerpt from the Epson V700 manual:
Hope this very basic tutorials helps to ensure proper film mounting. Feel free to adapt this method to suit your own needs and your personal technique.