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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

Just so this isn't an 'answer in a comment' Before you give up, try VueScan - specifically reverse-engineered older drivers to run on Big Sur. I haven't used it myself, but a lot of people have been ...
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Scanning negative 35mm: color accuracy, color balance, film bias

Without being able to see the negatives in question, there are three things you should check: Monitor calibration: This can be ruled out somewhat if you can make two identical scans with the same ...
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Is it better to shoot or scan a film negative for Lightroom?

I get reasonably good results photographing negatives with a slide copier attachment and a macro lens (vs using a flatbed scanner). However, if you plan to scan many frames of film, you should ...
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Hardware for scanning diapostives or negatives using flatbed scanner?

Flatbed scanners with film scanning capability have not completely disappeared from the market. You are correct, scanning film requires the film to be backlit. So scanners with the capability have an ...
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Epson Scan 2 Not Showing Transparency Option for Film Scanning

I got the idea to delete the scanner from "Printers and Scanners" and re-add it. It reloaded the driver and I think it was a newer version of the driver. Anyway, it allowed the "...
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Is scanner calibration possible or necessary for scanning negatives?

In the case of a film scanner, an IT-8 target is a slide of known colours that you scan, and then you use software to analyse the scanned image to compare with those known colours. This characterises ...
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Is there any distinct difference between using a 35mm camera versus a 35mm instant camera?

but I'm wondering if I will see either a difference in quality if I were to use something like a Lecia Sofort, or one of the (newish?) Fujifilm instax? There's actually quite a bit of difference ...
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What maintenance does a negative scanner need?

The Nikon scanners do not require regular maintenance. They are however quite prone to dirt and dust. Your best bet keeping the scanner running problem free for a long time is to store it in a clean ...
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Batch Scanning / iPhone apps?

Not a task I've ever needed to do, but why not kill two birds with one stone & just outsource the job to a decent photo lab? They could provide full-scale images & thumbs [contact sheet ...
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Create ICC Profile for Negative film

In case you are interested. I have created a workflow and code to create ICC profiles for color negatives. It is intended to be used with digital cameras but could be adapted to scanners as well. See ...
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What are the best Epson Scan settings to scan black and white negatives?

This is what I would start with. You'll likely have to tweak settings to fit your specific needs. The main setting to disable is Digital ICE. The silver in B&W film interferes with its function. ...
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Best option for scanning a large volume of slides

I have 10,000 slides. So after doing the math on the effort to scan these I bought a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED for about $1500. The Nikon has an extension allowing for about 40-50 slides to do ...
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Epson Scan 2 Not Showing Transparency Option for Film Scanning

In a comment to the video linked in the question, I wrote down my fix, but here it is. For those who have an issue with the transparency option, I just fixed it for myself. I have installed the ...
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Epson Scan 2 Not Showing Transparency Option for Film Scanning

Another reason for this to happen, as I found out today, could be the connector that goes from the cover to the base unit getting loose. If the scanner cannot sense the connected cover, which contains ...
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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

Since I don’t own a scanner and don’t run a Mac, this is a little out of left field...why not just keep the old computer and scanner as dedicated hardware for scanning film? It works now. It will ...
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Hardware for scanning diapostives or negatives using flatbed scanner?

Photographing negatives with a digital camera is an alternative to a flatbed scanner. For on screen use, a even a modern smart device camera may be good enough. Because negatives and slides modulate ...
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Can I use a LCD as backlight for acquiring film using a DSLR?

Just because a trichromatic screen has a large coverage gamut, such as Adobe RGB, doesn't necessarily mean it also has a high CRI. Emissive screens can use three fairly narrow color bands to fool our ...
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I got my roll from studio and my last frame had a certain black spot in the left upper corner.Any idea what it can be ? The rest of frames were fine

You will need to inspect the negative to see if the spot appears there also. If not, it is some artifact of printing/scanning, the problem is fixable, and you should ask the lab to redo it. If yes, it ...
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Potential causes to bad quality of this 35mm film results

Taking a while to finish the roll won't normally cause problems (within reason). I've finished rolls in the past year that sat in a camera for literally a dozen years and got acceptable images. Part ...
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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

Slight change of gears here, but my desk sits firmly in the center of a rather large filing area full of 4x5 and 120mm transparencies and older photographic prints (primarily B&W) of antique ...
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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

Taking the lead @Tetsujin and not leaving my comment as an answer According to Epson the V500 is supported under macOS 11.x And the commercial scanning software package Silverfast supports both the ...
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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

Sorry, not an answer to the exact question, but it is a possible workaround to keep using your old scanner, software and reduce you impact on the environment as no new scanner is bought. Mac's can ...
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Hardware for scanning diapostives or negatives using flatbed scanner?

My (fairly old) Epson V200 scanner, as set up to scan negative/slides: Specs says it can scan at 4800DPI, so you can get a 30Mpix image out of a 35mm slide/negative (personally never went that far). ...
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Hardware for scanning diapostives or negatives using flatbed scanner?

In case you have a sufficiently large amount of pictures, I recommend buying specialized hardware with an automated feeder. 16 bits per channel is an absolute necessity! Depending on your use case, ...
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Vuescan focus batch-scanning slides on Nikon LS-8000

I decided to do a test to see if Vuescan does indeed allow one to set different focus points, for the different slides in a batch (a load of 5 slides in the Nikon LS-8000 mounted-slide film holder), ...
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Batch scanning of family archive: speed of flatbed vs. film scanners?

There's usually a trade-off between image quality and time. Equipment capable of higher bit depths and resolution take longer to scan. However, your resolution requirements are modest, so you could ...
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Depth of Field for scanning 35mm slides on flatbed scanners (Epson)

I digitized 6000+ slides in early 2018 which were mounted in a variety of cardboard and plastic mounts. The slides dated as far back as the early 50s, with many of that age exhibiting significant ...
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Epson Scan 2 Not Showing Transparency Option for Film Scanning

I had to reload Scan 2 software, restart the computer (macOS 10.15.6), add the scanner to Mac preferences, unplug the scanner, etc - at least two times, and in various sequences, then magically "...
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