RE: Sorry to ask again but...
Title: RE: Sorry to ask again but...
My suggestion would be to buy a piece of thin glass, about 1mm thick by about 8X10" to fit over the glass of your holder, glue some thin brass strips to the glass to serve as a frame for the size negative you want to scan, and scan your negative emulsion down wet-mounted with some type of mounting fluid. You could also use Johnson baby oil for this, though clean-up is a little harder.
My experience is that wet-mounting can improve significantly the quality of your scan, by 1) reducing grain size, 2) minimizing marks from scratches on the negative, and increasing overall sharpness. I did this with my Epson 4870 and was really pleased with the improvement in quality.
Doug is not manufacturing anything but MF holders. He has attempted to come up with a design for LF negatives but as of yet he has not succeeded. Per a conversation, I had with him at lunch earlier this week the LF holder development has been placed on hold due to the high demand for his MF holders.
No one else makes a LF holder for the 4990. It would be nice but there are a lot of problems creating a reliable high quality and yet comparatively inexpensive holder that meets the needs of LF users.
I'm sure a crafty person such as yourself could make a home made holder that would suffice for your on personal use. Coming up with a mass marketed item is much more problematic. Doug's approach is to manufacture and market value added products that are durable and almost fool proof.
From: Michael Koch-Schulte [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
If you scroll down the page he mentions that he's working on 4x5, 5x7 and "odd sized" holders...whether you can get one yet is the question.