This scanning mask is fantastic for capturing your 35mm negatives and even captures your sprocket holes! This has sped up my entire process and allows me to transfer my negatives to digital in no time. Fantastic build quality and immaculate design. I would 100% buy another if I lost this!
Let me first begin this review with a confession. It has been more then four months since I last uploaded pictures to my Lomography Home. It was honestly because scanning the photos was such a pain in my bottom and I was never satisfied with the results. Sitting beside me is the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner which has served me well for a couple of years, but scanning negatives was a pain. One bonus about this particular scanner is that it came with a scanning mask for 35mm and medium format negatives. The major down side is that the carrier cuts off the numbers and sprocket holes which was very disappointing since I LOVE the sprocket holes from my Diana 35mm back!
Recently I visited the Los Angeles Lomography Gallery Store and saw the DigitaLIZA Scanning Mask in person. From that first moment I knew this was what I was missing! The design is absolutely brilliant and well worth the money! It uses the power of magnetism to hold the negatives in place. Attached are some photos from my process. It may sound a little confusing but the steps work perfectly!
First you slide on your lint free white cotton gloves to prevent fingerprints on your negatives and you get your can of air nearby! Next lift rounded top part off the scanning mask (see the photos).
After that you open the flap where you will place your negative. Now insert your negative. Place the rounded part which you removed first over the negative before you close the flap. Now close the flap. It will snap shut! From here you remove the rounded part which you removed first and you will hold your hand below it to catch the metal plate on the bottom. VOILA, your negative is masked and ready for scanning! Your sprocket holes are exposed and you don’t have to align ANYTHING!!!
Now is a good time to aim a can of air at the side of your negatives and blow a little on the top and bottom to try and remove the dust. Now to scan! Don’t forget to remove the white panel from your scanner if you have one like mine. With this Epson model you may have to play with the negative mask where it is placed so that it scans properly. I don’t know exactly what went wrong at first but my scans were WAY OFF! Don’t let that scare you like it did me. If you pull the mask closest to you and center it up, your scans will be great.
Go ahead and close the lid and open up your scanning software. On my Mac I use the application, Image Capture. In the options I choose Transparency Positive, Color Slide and will scan at 2400 dpi normally. After a overview scan I then select what I am scanning and the magic takes place!
This Scanning Mask gets a TWO THUMBS UP from me! I found one other product online that uses glass, which is even more cleaning and has more dust problems. That product was over a hundred dollars! This magnetic magical mask allows me to capture all the glory of my film adventures with all the saturated colors and vignetted glory that a 35mm camera can offer! Great purchase! I can’t wait for Lomography to come out with a medium format mask! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.