Problems with the LightPin 16mm gate 16mm for the Retroscan

I finally got some time and gave LightPin 16mm gate a go on warped film and had very poor results. Actually worse results than with the original gate.

How did you do with it?

The instructions say to focus the beam on the film and not the leader as the leader is thicker than the film. Well, if the leader is too thick, where does that leave warped film that goes up and down?

Maybe the LightPin gate works good for perfect film, but for my archive, little is perfect. I tried the LightPin gate in any all adjustments and the best it would yield is unusable results. I also tried it in all configuration while scanning to see result live. Again nothing. And I mean ALL adjustments. Even bringing the LightPin light as close to the film as possible and as far away as possible while covering the entire range for sprocket edge adjustment.

Maybe there is a way to blacken one side of clear film and use the original gate? In any case I’m glad I kept my original gate. This is exactly what I was worried about.

Maybe they should make a scanner that looks for frames and not sprockets. And what would hap when the sprockets are blown out? What would it read for sprockets.

Thanks for reporting back, @danielteolijr. It’s good to know that the lightpin gate fails on warped film. We will need to take that into consideration when designing the Kinograph. In fact, we’re working on that part now so this is perfect information at the perfect time!