DigitaLIZA 120 Film Scanning Mask: A Blessing in Disguise

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I bought the DigitaLIZA 120 and DigitaLIZA 35mm as a combo, mainly for the DigitaLIZA 35 to enable me to scan 35mm sprockets. I wasn’t prepared for the very useful side effect of the 120 version.

Spots, but no Newton Rings

The DigitaLIZA 120 Film Scanning Mask is a replacement negative holder attachment for your scanner. It works by placing the negative on a metal plate, sandwiching the sides and then releasing the plate.

60’s Original shots, scanned with DigitaLIZA

The DigitaLIZA 120 only provides a couple of millimeters more scannable area than the standard attachment that came with my scanner. This attachment has no spacers or anything to stop you scanning continuously (horizon style), and considering it takes more effort to load (my scanners software will quit and close if the DigitaLIZA 120 isn’t placed perfectly – no fault of the DigitaLIZA 120) I didn’t think I’d use it as much.

Horizon style doubles, easy with the DigitaLIZA

What surprised me was a side effect of using the DigitaLIZA 120.

The other clip I have doesn’t hold the negatives very tight, so cheaper film, and self developed film that may bend in the middle can touch the glass of the scanner. When this happens you get a side effect called Newton Ringing (or Newton Rings).

Look to the right of the car tyre, where the kerb meets the road is a perfect example of a newton ring. It’s small, but once you know it’s there it’s all you can see.

These show on your scans as a circular or roundish rainbow and are annoying and distracting.

When using the DigitaLIZA 120 the method of loading holds the negatives a bit tighter, which can completely remove the problem.

Credits: adam_g2000

To my mind, this makes them worth the cost.

The DigitaLIZA 120 Scanning Mask holds your 120 negatives in place so you can scan them, overlapping exposures and panoramas and all! Be your own boss when it comes to scanning 120 negatives, giving you ultimate control over your images! Visit the Shop andget your very own DigitaLIZA 120 Scanning Mask.

written by adam_g2000 on 2012-10-12 #gear #film #review #mask #scanning #scanner #newton-rings #software #useful #side-effect


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Well done. I was debating to get one to be able to scan the frame numbers on the negative.

  2. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @neanderthalis I'n not sure it will in a lot of situations. It still grabs a significant edge of the negs.

  3. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Thanks for that info. Hope you get some photo ops this week.

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