edge100 wrote in post #15470384
This is a very timely thread. I just picked up a Mamiya 7, and have been looking for a 120 film scanner. The V700 was my first choice, but it's very pricey, and from what I've seen, doesn't produce markedly better scans than the 9000F.
I shoot mainly chromes, so I'm a bit concerned about the DMax of the 9000F, but I'm hoping that VueScan's multi-exposure will help dig out the detail from the shadows.
The advantage with the v700 is that its native optical resolution is 2400 dpi. With the medium format negative, you can get all the available details somewhere in the 5000+ pixel. Any resolution above that, you would see no gains other than the file size. If you print large often, the v700 maybe a good option. With the Canon 9000f, I can get printable files around 1800 dpi (max native optical resolution). Roughly, with 6x6, around 4000+ pixel.
Here are something you should look out for, especially if you are looking at the Canon 9000f. After scanning over 10 rolls, more than 100 negatives, I can say that the scanner is the sharpest when the film emulsion side, the dull side, is facing and lying flat on the scanner bed. You need to put an anti newton ring glass, or non-glare glass, on top of the negatives. Turn off ALL sharpening, grain reductions, and FARE. Scan the negatives bared. With the VueScan, the software does not care about if you are using a holder or not. With the Canon software, it does matter. Since you are already sandwiching the negatives in between the scanner glass and the none-glare glass on top, you don't need the holder. However, the Canon software would require the holder to know which formats you are scanning. In this case, cut out a paper mask in the shape of the holder. Then, tape it ontop of the none-glare glass. The Canon software will function accordingly.
To get the none-glare glass, try your local picture frame shops. I just got one today for $8, 8x10 inches. And this place:
http://www.fpointinc.com/glass.htm charges you $88+ shipping of the same size and quality!!!!!