I have an old 5x7 Cambo monorail view camera which I love using because of its format, its lightness and mobility. Unfortunately, I rarely use it these last couple of years. I did, however, use it to expose the last of the 5x7 Kodak Portra 160ASA sheet film that had sitting in the fridge. This happened was when I was in Swan Hill for the Mallee Routes exhibition at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery in 2018.
This is the location photo of the early morning photo session at Pental Island.
The reason for the infrequent use of the 5x7 monorail is due to scanning problems, not the camera, and they arise because I don't have any 5x7 film holders to scan the colour negatives with. This is due to the Epson V700 flatbed scanner coming with film holders only up to 5x4. There are no 5x7 or 10x8 film holders. Soup to now I have been placing the colour negatives directly on the scanner's glass bottom and then scanning the negatives using the Epson area guide.
The scanning problems I encountered are Newton rings and intense cyan images. The results are terrible, and they are difficult, if not impossible to fix in Lightroom, for many of the images. I have spent hours on the computer trying to produce a decent digital file.
The obvious solution is a custom made film holder but I had no idea how to do it. A one off plastic one from a commercial plastic company in Adelaide would cost an arm and leg. Peter Lee suggested a film holder made of Tru Vu Museum glass with some matting, and he kindly offered to have one made for me by his very helpful framer in Orange.
The glass film holder arrived last week, and I started trialling it after I'd finished scanning the 5x4 and medium format colour images from the recent Mallee Routes' phototrips to Balranald. This is a scanned negative from the early morning Pental Island photo session and imported into Lightroom: