i'm piecing together a scanner, from grip equipment and older camera systems. my "table" is a c-stand, with clamps to hold a digital camera, the film to be scanned and a strobe.
using a c-stand instead of a tabletop copy stand (most similar projects are on tables), every part is about square with every other part, even if, as is the case in most floors of most homes, the floor isn't strictly level. there's also a lot to be said for never dealing with the awkwardness of a tripod.
most similar projects use light tables and LEDs, with lots of attention paid to picking the right light with high cri (color rendering index – literally "how many colors can a camera suss out in this?"). strobes are good daylight colored, full-spectrum light i don't have to worry about as much – they all are xenon gas, xenon's always going to behave the same way. studio strobes slso tend to have modeling lights, fantastic for grain focusing before taking the shot.
there are a few choices for the camera setup itself – extension tubes over a lightbox, microscope attachments, bellows systems with macro focusing stages – what i'll be doing is using an old auto bellows system, with a transparency holder for copies and slides. this carries an added benefit in that from the transparency stage up, there's no light in the system except what i put in – which is just Fantastic for control.
it'l be awhile before i can put up any test scans – the move is coming up soon and that's going to eat up a few weeks, in the best case.
i'd be lying if i said i couldn't use help recouping equipment costs, or covering the cost of shipping equipment and affording some much needed repairs. in the end, there'll be a darkroom scanner that'll serve for years, across many future projects.
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