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Microtek FilmScan 35 and Minox negatives
Obviously,the 8x11 negative needs a professional film scanner!You actually need all the resolution that you can lay your hands on!As a pro scanner is very expensive(Minolta D'Image at 300 something st.p.,Kodak at over 500 st.p,etc.),it is recomended to purchase a budget one,JS-21(Jenoptik make),Jessops or Microtek!The resolution is not the one acquired at >2700 dpi,but you can have very beautiful results with the ones above!As i don't have a Minox enlarger(even if I'd buy one,the costs and time will be un-economical,for me at least),I bought an MICROTEK FilmScan 35,at 119.99 GBP from Jessops and I am very pleased with the results,as you can see from the album page in here!It comes with a software bundle,including ImageFolio 4.0,which gives you a lot of tools to improve the image(neg/pos)on-screen;is very easy to use and all you have to do is making a slide for the 9.2 mm negative frames(the slide tray of the scanner is designed for 35 mm)!Easy to do,and easy to use;it'll take a while until you actually master the basics of the software,but is very user-friendly,you won't have trouble mastering the commands in a very short period of time!If you have any questions whatsoever about the scanning issues,please feel free to contact me,and I'll be more than happy to share with you what little knowledge I have on the subject!Until next time,take care and happy minoxing !!!

Flatbed Canoscan N650U method
My first attempts to scan a 8x11 negative was on a flatbed scanner,my CanoScan 650U,a very good flatbed,but not designed to take transparency adapters,unfortunately!So I tried and I experimented from scratch,using a series of home-made filters,to soften the light!But the main problem with a flatbed is that the light comes from UNDERNEATHthe negative,whereas you need a light sourceABOVEthe negative,in order the image to be read properly!So,after a few trials,I discovered that if you put the slide on the flat surface,and ON IT,A SV-2 SLIDE VIEWER,from Jessops(4.99),you'll be able to scan a decent image!Now,it's a complete unorthodox method,I know,but I like experimenting new stuff,so you Minoxers outhere,close your eyes :-)))!Seriously,the scanning of the slides with such a method leaves a lot of place for speckles,bigger grains than usual,but in the absence of a professional tool,you can do with this one!Any questions,I'll be happy to answer them!Best regards,Julian T.