Here's the story: I would like to acquire a good film scanner that is capable of scanning negatives generated with home-made pinhole cameras, so that I can make prints on my Pixma Pro-1. I'm hoping someone here can recommend a piece of hardware that will do respectable scans of negatives for this purpose. Thanks!
What size negatives will you be scanning?
I ask this because not all scanners are "on the same level" quality-wise.
That said, I have a drum scanner, but less than 10% of my scanned shots(which is about 25% of the quantity of what I shoot. This is after making proofsheets, from both MF and LF negatives/chromes) to assess which ones are "best".
However, because of the time involved, I've been looking into the purchase of a V750 myself(with the wet mount tray from Aztek(see link below) to use as a "proofing" machine to assess which pieces of film will be drum scanned.
Its all about TIME. Quality scans TAKE TIME. Whether its on a flatbed, or on a drum scanner. Time is your most important(and expensive) part of the process.
Sorry for the long-winded answer, but if you don't plan to go over 13x19(I believe this printers max size?), a V750(Epson's top model in their con/prosumers series) scan can definitely "work" for most cases and individuals as their primary machine.
I can personally attest to the fact that wet mounting IS worth the effort and time involved. It is what really MAKES a quality scan.
It certainly ISN'T "necessary", but if you're not after high volume, but the best quality, I'd highly recommend it over dry scanning.
Aztek sells the Kami fluid and mounting supplies(tape/overlay material) required. Kami is the best option for mounting fluid IMO. Period. No mess, no fuss. Takes some getting used to, but if you persist, you'll get it in no time.
PM me if you have any questions, I'd be glad to help out if I can.
Otherwise, you can find out more info on Aztek's website, both regarding their drum scanners, but also the wet mount adapter kit for the V750:http://www.aztek.com/Epson%20V750%20KAMI%20Kit.html