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FilmTray

Carrier For Minox Film In Scanner Tray



FilmTray is a film strip carrier designed to hold Minox 9.2mm film in a digital scanner. While designed for the Wolverine F2D 35mm Film to Digital Scanner, it should be useful with other scanners by cutting notches to match pegs in tray. I must say, my still-experimental ScanDcamTM provides better resolution; sorry, not ready for publication. See samples here.

[ pictures taken with Polaroid PDC5070 - not good for close-up photography - next time I use Minox ]

FilmTray

in tray

in scanner

Operation

The emulsion side of the film, mentioned in these operation steps, is the less glossy side. It's harmless to touch the edges of film but keep your hands off the surface, especially the emulsion. Still, your hands and work area must be clean and free of dust; lint-free gloves are suggested. Dust on Minox film must be avoided, so be especially careful to work in a dust-free environment.
SETUP
Set scanner for Color or B&W negative film, depending on which to scan.
Place FilmTray into the 35mm negative film tray, align notches in tray.
Insert tray into scanner to position FilmTray inside scanner.
Slide Minox film strip into FilmTray under diagonal, emulsion face down.
Slide strip through upper portion of FilmTray, then down into window.

SCAN
Slip black strip into field of view to adjust contrast.
Move film, not tray, for subsequent images.

PROCESS
Move image files to computer.
Open your favorite image editing software.
Crop image as desired.
Adjust image highlights and shadows as desired.

Construction

cut a sheet of clear plastic 3 1/4" x 4 3/8" (use very thin plastic)
  The sheet of plastic can be scavenged from product packaging material 
  (you know, that stuff difficult to open without cutting). 
  (Actually, I printed this page on plastic paper - scale was adaquate.)
trim the corner and side as shown in pictorial (size not critical)
fold under at A, then at B while still folded at A
mark for fold at C, exactly 1 3/8" (35mm) between B and C
fold under at C and crease all folds
place on tray to mark and cut notches to match pegs in tray
unfold and cut-out the two windows (size is critical - measure carefully)
remove all burrs that may scratch film
wash with detergent and dry (lint-free), refold and crease

pictorial (may not be to scale)                                 ___(FOLDS)
        _________________________________________________
  ^    |                           ^ 1/4"                \       ^
  |    |                 3/8"  ____v_                     \     5/8"
  |    |         ^        ^   |      |                     \     |
  |    |_________|________v___|cutout|______________________\    v   (A)
  |    |         |        ^   |      |                      |    ^
  |    |         v        v   |______|<----- 1 7/8" ------->|    |
  |    |        3/4"     3/8" <-5/8"->                      |   7/8"
  |    |                                                    |    |
  |    |                                                    |    |
  |    |____________________________________________________|    v   (B)
  |    |                                               |         ^
 3 1/4"|                                               |         |
  |    |                      <-3/4"->                 |         |
  |    |                     |        |  ^             |         |
  |    |<------ 1 3/4" ----->| cutout | 5/8"           |<-->    1 3/8"
  |    |                     |        |  |             | 1/2"    |
  |    |                     |________|  v             |         |
  |    |                            ^                  |         |
  |    |____________________________v 3/8"_____________|         v   (C)
  |    |                                               |         ^  
  v    |_______________________________________________|         v  3/8"
        <---------------------- 4 3/8" -------------------->

black strip
cut a 1/2" x 6" strip of black paper (plastic is better, no dust)
slip black strip above FilmTray at fold C (used to adjust contrast)

 
 


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