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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but fiddly, 17 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Nikon Fh-869G 120/220 Strip Film Holder Glass (Electronics)
I scan a lot of 120 film, and the free medium format holder for my Nikon 8000ED, being plastic, worried me. Occasionally I got slightly out of focus scans, so I decided to get one of these glass-mounted holders.
On the whole, I'm pleased with it. Certainly the film is flatter, and scans are now uniformly in focus. However, there was a startup issue, and a couple of ongoing ones.
Firstly, no instructions come with the unit -- I searched the web, and found some (sadly, I can't remember the URL). The instructionos were necessary to be sure I was using the flimsy film dividers correctly (hint: place them under the film!).
Ongoing issues: When scanning just 1 6x7 slide, the thumbnail view in NikonScan (v3.1.2) displays the image TWICE -- no big deal. Other issue is more serious -- the thumbnail image is not always accurate. Scans where I've adjusted the start position then display correctly in thumbnail view, but the actual scan is not adjusted as per thumbnail. Doesn't happen all the time, but sufficiently often to catch me out now and then. The adjustment is out a little (3mm or so), but still can force a re-scan.
It's fiddly, since keeping the glass clean, and getting the film divider properly in place, can sometimes be difficult. Results are worth the bother, however.
Glad I bought it, but I now wish I'd got the FH-869GR -- simply to permit scanning of panoramic 35mm -- this unit does not come with film dividers for such, the GR does. However, with care, 35mm panoramic can be scanned.
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