35mm Slide Mount Question...

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Ara Ghajanian, May 19, 2006.

  1. Ara Ghajanian

    Ara Ghajanian Member

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    Ever notice how slide mounts crop a tiny part of your image around the edges? I'm sure all of you "100% viewfinder people" notice. I was wondering, has anyone come across a slide mount that gives you a full frame or more of the image? I really don't see the reason why it needs to crop any of the image, there is plenty of film for it to grab onto. Is there a reason for this that I'm missing?
    Ara (a "100% viewfinder person")
     
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    If I remember correctly, my plastic slide mounts seemed to mask less of the image than my cardboard mounts.

    By the way, I too am a 100% viewfinder person.
     
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    I think the reason is they are designed with a "safety margin" to allow for the mechanical mounting of slides when their positioning in the mount may vary a bit and thus it avoids any unexposed film showing. Also there may be some slight variation in the size of the frame gate in different cameras although nominally they are all supposed to be 24 x 36mm. I took slides for many years and I never came across any brand of mount that gave a 100% view - in fact if there were such a thing I think getting the slide to sit in the exact position would be a bit of a nightmare.
     
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    Hi Ara, same here. It bothers me when you loose a bit of the image, no matter how small amount. That’s why I like to mount my own slides, because you can adjust them in the frame to your liking and crop less desirable portion.
    Just an anecdote, once I sent my slide for scanning and really wanted the whole image to show. So I took my plastic Gepe mount and with the knife carefully cut a small amount around the edges to enlarge it slightly, and the scan came out nicely…
     
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    That's a good last resort method. Unfortunately, the reason I want this type of slide mount is to be able to scan all my slides.

    Brac,
    I should have realized what you were saying before I asked the question. I used to work in the processing dept. in a pro lab and the slide mounting machine was not something you could call "accurate". I guess they would need a significant margin of error in most cases.

    I guess I'll just have to shoot with all this in mind. I should already be shooting like this since the neg carriers for my scanner chop off a tiny bit of the top and bottom of the frame. So much for the full-frame effect.
    Ara
     
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    Ara, did you try to look into the settings for the scanner, to enlarge the scanning area? If you could change it, then what about the option of developing the slide film without monting and scan the film strips first, and then to put them in the mounts? Just a thought...