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How to scan 110 and 126 film

Ed Shropshire , Oct 05, 2005; 08:27 p.m.

Just wondering if anyone has had any success in scanning this size of film. I have a Nikon V ED that does a great job on slides and an Epson 3170 that does a good job on prints. Has anyone found a way to scan these odd size negatives? I don't expect fantastic scans from the 110s but I would like to digitize them if possible.

Any ideas or suggestions for sources would be helpful.

Thanks -- Ed


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David Stanton , Oct 05, 2005; 08:51 p.m.

I am looking forward to an answer since I also use some 110 cameras. I have simply been scanning the prints on a flat bed scanner and going from there. I hope someone has a better plan.

Ed Shropshire , Oct 05, 2005; 09:14 p.m.

My problem is that I don't have all the prints to scan. I also would like to see if it is possible to get a nicer image from the negative than the print. I hope someone has some advice. I have done some Google searching without good results. The few who do scan these sizes charge a lot.

Sandy Labana , Oct 05, 2005; 10:28 p.m.

I made a negative holders from thin aluminum painted black. I pull the negative roll through the holder scaning one negative at a time. You need aluminum thin but stiff enough to line up along the edge of the scanner and to keep the negative flat. Sandy

Ulrich Michel , Oct 05, 2005; 11:28 p.m.

To Sandy,

Could you describe your selfmade contraption with some more detail as to size in inch or mm for the benefit of interested persons? Im I correct asuming it locks like a feedtruh Slide Frame or an feedtruh Film Holder?

Sandy Labana , Oct 06, 2005; 09:07 a.m.

The outer dimension is 5 by 4 inches rectangle. There are two sheets of aluminum. A window is cut in the middle of both. The window is the size of the negative picture area. up to this part is simple. The machined part is on the top sheet to make a path with depth equal to thickness of the negative and width equal to the overall width of the negative. The two sheets are put together with negative strip between the sheets. Put in the scanner. Once aligned, I just pull the strip through and scan each negative. The bottom sheet is thiner than the top sheeet. the path for negative is in the top sheet. I got the idea from the 35mm negative holder ( made of plastic) which came with my Epson scanner. If you have trouble with machinig, I think you can bond something tto the top the sheet somethig same thickess as the negative to amke a path to pull the negative through. Make sure that the plates are large enough and can be butted agaist the edge of the scanner so they do not move when you pull the roll of the negative through for scanning. I have the two sheets taped on one edge so they stay together as a hinge. I had to do this because I could not find negative holders for size other than 35mm. Hope this helps. Sady

Doug Fisher , Oct 06, 2005; 09:35 a.m.

Whether you make something elegant like the aluminum holder mention above or cut a mask out of cardstock or PETG, make sure to trace the outline of your current holder as template so that you include the calibration notch at the top of the holder.


Dougs MF Film Holder for batch scanning of 120/220 medium format film with flatbeds

Rafael Franco , Oct 09, 2005; 08:54 a.m.

You can use Nikon FH-3 Strip film holder for 126 film. For 110 you may be able to fit two 110 strips at the same time but I haven't tried myself

Eli J , Jan 08, 2006; 01:38 a.m.

I have about 1000 110mm slides. When I first had them processed I had the option of having them put on 2X2 plasticmounts or 110mm mounts. At first I chose the 2X2 mounts until I bought a 110 slide projector. When I was in the business I used a BUHL copier along with the projector with fair results. Now that I'm retired and sold my equipment I bought a Konica slide Scanner and have been looking for 35mm X 110mm frames with the same success as you. Right now I'm punching out the 110 inserts from the few 2x2 holders I have. A bit time consuming but effective. If I had to do it for a living I would soon go broke. I also have some cardboard 126mm 2x2 holders that I cut out and forced the 110mm into. They wear quite fast so be sure to have many on hand. I would think Kodak should have some laying around I only need it for my personal use. I have great results cropping and altering them in Photoshop. Good luck Eli

Michael VaughAn , Jan 23, 2006; 10:48 a.m.

We scan 126 for as low as .65 per image.

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