I believe I've noticed this community has an above average interest in film so I thought I'd share a fairly recent discovery I made regarding film scanning. Background: I have 30 years of film piled up around the house and no way will I get it scanned before I'm gone. But I'm working on it. Problem: I want a decent scan. I want a scan that I can pull a 16x20 print from that's as good as the prints I used to make in the darkroom; target = 7000 pixels on the long side. Problem complication: I can't afford to spend $10.00 per scan (1000 + negs) and even if I did what I've seen doesn't really meet my standard. Problem complication: I'm not prepared to purchase a multi-thousand dollar scanner. I have mostly 120 roll film and I have an Epson V600 scanner here at home. Problem complication: The Epson V series scanners really aren't that good: Please login or register to view links Bottom line Epson claims 6400 PPI for it's V series scanners but in reality 2000 PPI is realistic and that's just not really enough. Problem complication: You only get 2000 PPI from from the Epson scanner if you can get the film in focus and that's worth a big LOL. Ironic twist: I have access to better scanners at work. I have a Braun FS-120 and Nikon Coolscan 9000 at the lab -- I just have to drive over there. That's too much trouble and only lessens the time I don't already have. I've run comparison tests between the Epson V series scanners and the Braun FS-120. The Braun has double the resolution of the Epson scanners and works well but it also costs approx. $2000.00. I'm not driving to work on my off time and I'm not buying one for home. First work around: Must fix the Epson scanner focus problem. You can buy one of these: Please login or register to view links or you can do what I did and shim the film holder until you get it in focus. I've permanently glued shims to my Epson film holder to raise the film up into the focus plane -- PITA! Next step: Overscan and then downsample with multiple sharpening passes in process. I was doing that and getting results that I thought I could live with. I'd scan a 120 neg at 4800 PPI and then sharpen, downsample and again output sharpen the final result. Fact is I was convincing myself the result was passable but really I wasn't happy. And finally here's the punch line: I was demonstrating to some of my students the newest anti-blur software included in PS and explaining how it could help if you had an image that was just off a bit due to camera shake when it occurred to me that the same type of algorithm might be able to provide an assist to a mediocre scan. A little research and I settled on this product: Please login or register to view links from Franzis. I've incorporated it into the process and my Epson V600 is now producing results that I'm happy with. Here's an example: The entire image for reference: And now a side by side at 50% final res of the gentleman's face with and without the anti-blur software: What I'm doing is still overscanning the neg at 4800 PPI. I take that scan and hand it off to Franzis's anti-blur process which does an amazing job but with the negative effect of pretty severe artifacts. Since it's film after all and I don't mind grain I then use the excellent grain simulator in C1 which does a nice job masking the anti-blur artifacts. Proceed to then downsample and sharpen to the final result. I think this time I really am convinced that I'm happy with the result.