McJon negative wheel?

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by keithboger, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. My wife has found some old negatives on a wheel. Very similar to the old ViewMaster wheels, but a lot smaller. Does anyone know what equipment is needed to view these and convert to photos? See pic uploaded.

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  2. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator

    The negative was very small and even small prints, 3-1/2 x 5 inch, were grainy. Kodak did manage to sell 25 million of them in the 1980s before stopping production. Kodak was going to corner the amateur market with this small pocket camera. Most people didn't like the prints and could only take 15 photos per disc. If they didn't want to get a SLR camera with auto controls like the Canon AE-1 then the would get the Instamatic.

    Anyone with a home darkroom should be able to stick them into their enlarger without a negative holder and make a print. A bad print.
  3. At this point you don't have a whole lot of options.

    Dwayne's Photo is going to be your fastest least expensive option. I'm pretty sure they're the only company on earth that actually has an operational disc film printer. Dwayne's is fast and reputable and if you're fine with prints on a vintage printer then they're probably the way to go.

    Alternate my own company Film Rescue and Dig my Pics, seem to be about the only ones out there offering these as a scan service that I can find. If there are more I'd love to hear about them so I can share in the future.

    Alternately you can attempt to scan these yourself on a flatbed scanner but they need to be shimmed in order to hold the film the proper distance off the scanner glass or removed from the hub so they can be set directly on the scanner glass and then choose the appropriate settings in the scanner. For an Epson v750 that setting is "film area guide" in the professional settings. It is best to then sandwich the disc with anti newton ring glass to keep it flat on the scanner glass. I would recommend scanning at at least 3600 dpi. With the 750, you'll need to do some significant sharpening after scanning. We use to use the 750 here with good results and happy clients.
  4. This is what Kodak was fooling around with while Fujifilm was planning their takeover.

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