Wet Mounting is a process by which a transparent original is suspended between a glass surface in a layer of special oil based mounting fluid, and encased in mylar. Wet mounted scans have noticeably superior contrast, sharpness, and color intensity. The process is also excellent for supressing scratches on damaged originals. The top-of-the-line ScanScience Lumina Fluid we use is non-destructive to the emulsion and cleans easily with specialized archival film cleaner – your film will be returned cleaner than when you sent it in! All Tango Drum Scans are wet mounted.
All film, upon receipt is carefully cleaned with archival film cleaner, dusted, and passed through an anti-static de-ionizer, which negates the electrical charge which causes static and makes dust stick. After the wet mounting process, the fluid will evaporate without residue, which saves an extra handling step – they will usually be returned cleaner than when they arrived. Please pack your negatives as individual images in glassine sleeves. For best results, minimize handling at every stage and ALWAYS wear gloves – clean film makes clean scans.
At ProScanNY, we are photographers too, and like most photographers, we hate dust – hate it. So, we built Dust Vader to completely eliminate it from our Galaxy. Koooo Peeeerrrrr….
Dust Vader is a positive pressure, dust evacuated environment with static neutralization technology. What does this mean? Air is filtered on both the way in and the way out, and the intake fan is 4x as powerful as the exit fan. This creates a denser air inside which actually picks up dust particles and funnels them out before they can wind up in your precious scans. In addition, an interior static neutralization bar allows us to prep all surfaces so that dust just falls right off. This completely eliminates the fields of particles which plague many scans and can take hours to spot, allowing us to reduce time per scan and pass the savings on to you. You will be amazed when you see how little spotting our scans require – our average image spotting time is about 10 minutes per gigabit! Spotting is however available, please contact for details.
*NOTE* Having carefully examined scans made with IR based dust reduction technologies, we have observed digital artifacts where the dust particles were. For us, the only acceptable dust management strategy is to eliminate it wherever possible ahead of time and do touch-ups by hand.