A better title for this post might be Not scanning 120! Having recently sorted myself out loading rolls of 120 into my spiral that likes 120 film, I’m now Ok at processing 120 B/W at home. I would stop short of saying I’ve mastered it. After my recent holiday I’ve got 5 rolls to scan – but don’t have a 120 scanner. I did recently up-date my cheap and cheerful 35mm scanner to the much better Plustek, which after a bumpy start with the software am now ok with. I didn’t feel like forking out over £2000 for the 120 version!
I should say before going any further that I do have “access” to one, but it’s not always convenient either for me or it’s real owner! The other problem is that the holder contains cheap and cheerful plastic that is a dust magnet, and it drives me mad!
The other thing I should say is that I do realise many other people have mastered what I just tried, so I realise this is nothing new!
What I do have is my Fuji X-Pro2, an old Jessops light box – 5×4, and an extension tube! I also have the 120 holder from my (hardly ever used) enlarger. So I did a quick set up as an experiment..
There are many problems here – not least reflection on the shiny surface of the neg, keeping it flat and square, focus, exposure and so on. What I did get from this set up is below..
Into photoshop I inverted and cropped the image, and got this…
With a little more work, converting to B/W, one level of sharpening, and some levels managed to coax out this….
This is Ok for most purposes that I actually use scans for, of course the system needs refining I need to basically build a little rig, so that..
The neg holder is held slightly away from the light box. I can scan from left to right, rather than back to front. I can hold the camera above the centre point and get closer to use the extension tube to nearly fill the frame. At the moment the little tripod legs get in the way! Having said that I’m encouraged with the results for such a quick crash test!