can this scanner top scan 35mm negative strips without putting them in holders? can you just lay them out on the scanner glass like you were about to make a contact sheet?
You can lay out negs directly on the glass and scan them. There are two issues with that though:
1. Negs aren't always perfectly flat. I keep a piece of 1/8th inch glass handy to lay on top of the negs to flatten them. There is enough clearance between the scanner bed and transparency lid for the extra glass to fit.
2. The quality is good enough for comping, but I don't know if I would use a scan done this way for any finished use. I almost always job out a drum scan, especially for 35mm, for finished product. Keep in mind I haven't spent a ton of time trying to get the best results from this method. You may be able to improve upon it.