Increasing Crop Size on Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by David Gintz, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. David Gintz

    David Gintz Guest

    Is it possible to INCREASE the size of the scanning area for the above
    scanner? I've got some old slides (I think they are 126 format or something
    like that) which are in 2 inch mounts just as are my 35mm slides. The film
    area is higher and narrower than a 35mm slide however. I'd like to be able
    to set the width and height to be the same as the width of a 35mm slide and
    then crop the resultant images in Photoshop later.

    I have seen how to decrease the scanning area but not how to increase it.
    (Maybe this scanner doesn't support that - I'll have to check the manual, I
    guess.) How would one scan the 126 slides?


    - Dave
    David Gintz, Apr 30, 2005
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  2. David Gintz

    David Gintz Guest

    Obviously, I should have read the manual first - this device will only scan
    35mm slides! (Or part of 126 slides.)
    David Gintz, Apr 30, 2005
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  3. Or anything smaller, using the film-strip holder in the slide adapter,
    possibly with some improvisation. But not anything bigger; that's set
    by the optics of the unit.

    I suspect you're dealing with 127 "super-slides", actually.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Apr 30, 2005
  4. David Gintz

    David Gintz Guest

    Could be 127 format but I don't know. My wife shot them with her old camera
    back in the 70s. They're 2x2 inch slide mounts with the actual film size of
    around 1 1/8 inch x 1 1/8 inch.

    Anyway, I know I can't scan the whole image area of those slides in with the
    4000. Silly me.
    David Gintz, May 1, 2005
  5. David Gintz

    Tony Guest

    Unless you want to spend a lot more on a medium format scanner you will
    have to do it in two passes - shifting the slide 90 degrees and then doing
    your best to re-assemble the scans - it ain't a pleasure.
    I do this with panoramics, but the re-assembly takes long enough that with
    the square format I just have the client pick the way he or she wants it
    scanned and lose the extra. If I scan both ways I charge for both scans. and
    so far nobody has wanted to pay me to do a re-assembly job.
    The slides sound like "Instamatic" which has a picture size of 27x27mm
    or a shade more. There is simply no way to broaden the scanning area of a
    film scanner beyond the maximum it was designed for.
    I have a flatbed with a light top I can use for it now - the Canon 9900.
    This will scan up to two 6x6 slides at a time - considerably larger than
    your 126 slides. It was not too expensive when I got it over a year ago, so
    that might be the route to go. I've never used mine for scanning med format
    (or instamatic). I do very little work for others these days. The scanner
    does pretty well on 35mm film (I use it for "contact" scans, but not as well
    as a dedicated film scanner. I still use my film scanner for "final" scans.
    Tony, May 1, 2005
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