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Wednesday
Sep142011

Our Fluid Scanning Kit Has Arrived

The ScanScience Fluid-Scanning Kit For 35 MM Film With Nikon ScannersFor quite a while now, we were looking for the best method of scanning our enormous collection of photos in negative film format. Based on some research the wet-mounting method seemed quite promising.

ScanScience's signature product the "LUMINA"

Problems With Black and White Negatives

One of our main issues - which fluid-scanning addresses - is a particular one we encounter with B&W film: For colored film, Digital ICE technology does wonders with getting rid of the dust and scratches, it is a completely different story with B&W - which isn’t supported by Digital ICE technology. Because of this all of our scanned B&W negatives had undesirable results. Even worse, the Nikon scanners  we use - and for that matter most high-end dedicated film scanners - use LED lighting which exaggerate the dust and scratches even more.

The Nikon Coolscan 4000, the scanner we will be using for this project

A Great Discovery

When we discovered that fluid scanning is made available for CCD (digital) scanners and can considerably, if not completely, remove the dust and scratches from the scans, we got excited and thought this might be the solution we were looking for.

 The Nikon adaptor we needed to obtain for making the scanner compatible with the kit

Additional Benefits

Besides for Fluid-Scanning possibly being the answer to our main issue there are additional benefits it provides, for the same reason that many seem to consider Digital-ICE technology as being an amateur approach because

1. It degrades sharpness of the image as compared to scanning without it

2. It fills-in the scratches and dust areas with non-original data

Therefore with fluid-scanningb even for our colored-films can be tremendously beneficia, plus it is claimed to have some other advantages such as Broadening the depth of field – Sharper image, greater contrast, a wider dynamic range, greater color saturation and smoothens the grain.

With all these promising expectations we intend on putting this to the test and hopefully by next week we will present our findings here.