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Old 01-20-2011, 07:59 AM
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I'm trying to scan 4X3 glass negatives but the inserts for my Cano scan 8800F are not big enough to fit the entire plate for a total scan (crops the sides off but the quality is great). I have tried many ways to alter the scanner settings so that I don't have to use the film inserts with no success (it won't allow me to scan without an insert on the film setting). If I change the setting to document and use photoshop to invert and change the levels the quality just isn't there. Other than buying a new scanner, any ideas? Thanks ...
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:34 AM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

Hopefully we are talking about the same thing!

In my old scanner there where inserts(?) that went around the film negative so the scanner would only see the image and not the rest of the scanner. If that is what you are talking about, I took a piece of thin but opaque cardboard and made a new insert of the correct size to fit the negatives I wanted to scan. Seemed to work OK.

If you have an insert that is bigger than your negatives, use the cardboard to mask down the unwanted area.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:55 AM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

Yes, same thing and that should work, i will try it ... thank you very much!
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:10 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

The insert on my canon has a small window below the film window that it uses for calibration. You cannot cover that area or it won't scan. And obviously, making the window larger than the backlight in the lid won't help either.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:37 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

Thanks Steve13, I've tried making a "slide barrier" with poster board but it scans in 6 sections. Still trying ...
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:49 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

Are you sure that the negative scanner part in the lid will actually cover the plate size as it is 31/4"x41/4"?

You will be limited by the width of the scanning window and I suspect that it may not be enough to cover the narrowest width of your glass negatives and still give even illumination.

While I do not have the Canon model I do have an Epson which is limited by design to 21/4" max. to do larger sizes would require more money to be spent on the next model up - could it be the same with your scanner

This may be of interest
http://www.flickr.com/photos/amfyasin/4039081832/
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:09 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

It is 3 1/4 wide. I made a frame from poster board to contain the glass negative and it did scan but it came up with 6 images.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:11 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

and Tony W, thank you for the link.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:18 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

6 images sounds like it may be an incorrect software setting prior to scanning. Maybe set to look for 6 x 35mm for instance? If you can i.e. software allows, select a custom size prior to your scan
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:30 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives with a Cano Scan 8800F

Doesn't give me a choice, wish it did.
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