Dry Scan with Epson Fluid Mount Accessory

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Don Park Regular Member • Posts: 126
Dry Scan with Epson Fluid Mount Accessory

I have been using an Epson V850 Pro scanner to scan 6x6, 6x8 medium format films. Honestly, I am not satisfied with the level of focus on the scanned output when using the V850 MF film holder. I did try DigitaLIZA from Lomography, but it showed worse outputs. I did try scanning with digital camera. Yes, I could get sharper outputs, but the whole process was quite tedious to me.

Yesterday, I happened to read a Mark Segal's article. He made a comprehensive review report on Epson V850 in comparison to the higher end scanners such as Imacon 848, Nikon CoolScan 9000ED, Plustek OF120. Let me quote a part of his summary below.

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Flatness of field is important for all these scanners, hence I recommend that those scanning medium format media in the Epson V850 buy the Fluid Mount Accessory and a piece of Museum Glass for making thses scans, as I did here. I did not rely on the supplied holders for these tests, because my primary purpose is to show how the scanner perfoms when used at its best. The media must be very flat for film holders to work as the approach I used

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Let me make it clear that he did not do the fluid mount scanning, rather he did dry scanning using an accessory designed by Epson for fluid mount scanning with V800 & V850. He used this tray as a film holder where the film was put on and he used a Museum Glass as a substitute for anti newton ring glass to make film flat under the glass. The V850 film holder has height adjusters while the Fluid Mount Accessory is set for 3mm fixed height.

I am now considering to test this solution. If this doesn't prove any better improvement, then my last resort would be a real wet mount scanning.

I would appreciate it if anyone who attempted this solution or anyone who has an insights on scanning with Epson flatbed scanners. Those advices or inputs will be greatly helpful for me to decide which way to go. FYI,  I am not interested either in the dedicated film scanners such as Nikon CS, Plustek, etc or in digitalizing with camera. I just stick to V850.

Thanks!

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