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Glass film holder for Nikon Coolscan 9000- FH-869G vs FH-869-GR?

Hany Aziz , Mar 13, 2005; 06:01 p.m.

I wish to purchase a Glass holder for a Nikon Coolscan 9000 since their standard MF holder is a horror. I see that Nikon appears to make two of them (FH-869G and FH-869-GR and am unclear of the advantage of one vs the other. I wish to mainly do batch scanning of 6x4.5 and 6x9 images? What is the advantage (and disadvantages) of the rotating holder? Does it also take 35 mm film?





Robert Martin , Mar 13, 2005; 07:12 p.m.

The FH-869G film holder works like the FH-869S holder except it has glass to hold the film flat. The FH-869GR film holder allows you to rotate the film by 5 degrees in either direction to straighten the image, but it will only scan one image in the strip at a time. If you want to batch scan medium format, you probably want the FH-869G film holder. A description of these holders is in the optional holder section of the Nikon 9000 User Manual.

I have the FH-869G holder and it is a major improvement over the FH-869S holder that comes with the scanner, but you will have problems with newton rings on some film. Some users are purcahsing a fluid mount carrier for medium format film. This film holder will keep the film flat, no newton rings, but it is more of a problem to mount the film. I constructed my own glassless carrier that supports the film on all four sides of an image, just like the 35mm carrier. I only scan 645 and 6x6, so I constructed a film holder for each size. I use this carrier for most of my medium format scanning - I do a lot of batch scanning of both 35mm and medium format.

Charles Patrick , Mar 16, 2005; 12:50 a.m.

Does anyone know if it is possible to scan 645 slides mounted in glass slide mounts like Gepe? If so, which film holder would work? I'm thinking of buying a Nikon 9000, but I have many slides mounted already. Thanks.

Paul H , Apr 06, 2006; 06:17 p.m.

Hi Robert, a year later but can you describe making you own holder? I would have a go too!

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