You could spend big for Negative Supply or try this from Lomo:
"Either way, you're gonna pay" - That is what I'm coming to the conclusion with also. I use the ESF but want something better, less finicky, and will allow borders to be scanned.
I keep coming back to the NS kits. Expensive as ever, but I'm thinking it will be worth it. Now to talk my bank account into it.
In my experience, even though the Negative Supply holder isn't the least expensive option, it is definitely the best one for also holding the film the flattest.
I don't find it to be particularly finicky relative to other solutions, but I just scan with it set up for borderless 6x9 and never change it from that, and don't change the height of the camera either. If I'm scanning 120, with that setup, it's basically just scan it that way and crop down to the actual exposed area and rotate as needed later. You can still scan the first frame or two of 645 that way and have the film held flat as long as you don't require that the first frame be perfectly centered in your capture area, which unless you're rotating your camera and moving it as close as possible to get as much resolution as possible, it's not really an issue. But... I am scanning it in with a 45MP camera and a very good macro lens, and it delivers a solid 2000+ dpi with that setup, which is quite a bit more resolution than most people want or need for medium format, and other people may have different setups.True. But fair warning, it IS fussy. Doesn't grab the front of the film roll for the first frame or two (depending on format) and is hard to feed without getting fingers all over the film. And there's no 6x8 adapter, if you have a weird camera like me.
Also, you have to deal with Negative Supply, and their customer service is so awful just thinking about it right now makes me want to take a shower.
But it does hold film flat. And you can whack a robber in the head with it if he tries to take it from you, it's a solid hunk of metal like that.
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