How to Scan Odd (Non-Standard) Size Film Negatives on a CanoScan 8800F Scanner -Made Easy
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Scanning non-35mm negatives
Scanning odd, non-standard sized negatives on a CanoScan 8800F is easier than you think.
My sister inherited my Dad's negatives when he passed away and I was busily scanning all the old 35mm negatives using MP Navigator EX and my CanoScan 8800F flatbed scanner.
Then I came across some negatives that didn't fit the film trays I had. And then there were other negatives that fit the film tray but that the scanning software did not correctly interpret - the "cut off points" between images was off and the images were not being scanned properly.
In doing some initial research it seemed like I was going to have to build or buy a new film holder to be able to scan these non-standard size negatives. But doing additional research yielded some easier solutions.
Incorrect Scan Spacing using the 35mm Film Strip Setting on MP Navigator
Non-Standard NegativesClick thumbnail to view full-size
What Film Format are Various Sized Negatives? How Can We Scan Them?
We found this website that showed images of several negative sizes with photos of each kind of negative. So I now knew that the film strip with the incorrect "cut off" points was from a 110 camera. The other negatives looked like some that we had, but the measurements weren't exactly right.
I found on the Canon website that the key to being able to scan odd-sized negatives was to use the options in the ScanGear software driver (http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010501.asp). However, I couldn't figure out how to get ScanGear to load, it's not one of the options in the program menu on my computer (Windows 7 PC).
Then I noticed a little checkbox on the MP Navigator screen...
How to Launch ScanGear? MP Navigator Launches ScanGear
Once you click the checkbox to "Use the Scanner Driver" when you click Scan, ScanGear launches and you get a whole new menu screen/dialogue box for ScanGear.
As you can see in the next photo, the initial "Preview" Scan of the negatives still shows the "cut off" points spaced incorrectly.
MP Navigator - Choose the Option to "Use the Scanner Driver"
How to use Canon's ScanGear Driver
Use the Mouse to Select Correct Images in ScanGear Preview Screen
While the default preview didn't choose the right image sizes, now that you are using ScanGear you can customize your scan by using your mouse to select the correct images to scan.
You can even choose not to scan an image in between other good images by clicking the delete button when the marquee is around the image you don't want to scan.
Use the Mouse to Select the Images You Want to Scan.
Scan 126 Large and Medium Format Negatives (color or black & white)
So far we have scanned 110 negatives using the 35mm film tray and the ScanGear software to select the correct images. The next step is to move onto the larger format color and black and white negatives. From the website referenced above, we know that they are probably 126 negatives in a regular and large format. However, the CanoScan 8800F does not come with a film tray that fits these negatives.
I found a variety of websites online that advised on how to build or buy this special format film tray. What I discovered is that you can do all you need to do with just the ScanGear software!
I put the large format film tray in the scanner to give me a guideline of where to put the negatives.
ScanGear Input Settings
Scan 126 Medium Format Color Negatives
Next, launch MP Navigator, with the "Use the Scanner Driver" checkbox selected. From the ScanGear dialog box, make sure you have selected Color Negatives in the Input Settings section. You can leave film size selected as 35mm film strip or change it to another format, it doesn't matter because you will be using your mouse to select the actual images to scan.
After selecting the images, click the Scan button in the lower right hand corner to complete your scan.
Click Scan to Complete Scanning your Negatives
Now all you need to do is click the blue Scan button in the lower right hand corner of the ScanGear screen and it will scan only the images you have selected.
Use the Mouse to Select the Negative Images to Scan
Scanning Black and White Large Format 126 Negatives
Using the same procedure of putting in the large film tray as a guideline for where to put the images, lay the negatives onto the glass of the scanner.
On the ScanGear dialogue box, choose Monochrome Negative Film for the Input Settings, again you can leave it set to 35mm film strip because you will be manually selecting the photos.
Preview and Select Black and White Negatives to Scan
Click "Scan" to complete your scan. Once you have scanned in all your images, organize them in Picasa.
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