Easy methods to modify the Plustek 8100 35mm movie scanner to scan medium format roll movie


Movie’s resurgence in the previous couple of years has left many analogue photographers with one thing of an issue, notably in the event that they wish to shoot medium format movie. That’s the shortage of scanners available on the market able to scanning movie in comparison with 20 and even 10 years in the past. Positive, there are some on the market that may do medium and even giant format however they’re usually prohibitively costly.

So, photographer Christian Chapman determined to have a go at modifying his Plustek 8100 – a scanner designed for 35mm movie – to make it scan medium format 120 roll movie. In addition to modifying the scanner and designing up some 3D printed alternative components, he additionally needed to modify the driving force to make it scan additional than it often would for 35mm movie. And he’s made all of it obtainable to obtain so you are able to do it your self.

It actually seems like a little bit of a Frankenstein’s monster in comparison with the clear injection moulded exterior of the unique unit, however it permits him to scan 6×7 medium format negatives for a lot lower than the price of shopping for the same high quality scanner able to that decision. Christian believes that this modification might also apply to different fashions of Plustek scanners, together with the 7200, 7400, 7600i and 8200i, though he’s been unable to check this personally.

Christian has made the 3D fashions obtainable to obtain on Thingiverse and you’ll obtain the modified driver on GitHub, however he additionally has an entire write-up going over the entire technique of tips on how to modify your Plustek 8100 from begin to completed to make it see your 120 roll movie together with just a few examples he’s scanned of his personal pictures.