Film Photography Submission By: Kelly Fitzgerald
Title: Lighthouse, Nicaragua
Film: Kodak High-Speed HIE Infrared Film
Camera: Olympus Om-1n SLR Camera
I really love Scotland and would like to go there again. Other destinations include UK in general, Mexiko, Brasil…
The willow tree
Holga 120CFN with Tele lense on Kodak Portra 160NC-2, scanned with a Canoscan 8800f using XScane, processed with Gimp.
Holga 120CFN with 50cm tele lense on Kodak Portra 160NC-2.
Scanned with a Canoscan 8800f @ 2400DPI using XSane, processing done with Gimp.
Since I started with analogue photography again I’m regularly reading up on available scanners. Criteria for a scanner is the price, scan quality and resolution, accessories.
To cut a long process short I’ll just give you the hard facts: Best quality is achieved by using a dedicated film scanner, such as from the Nikon Coolscan series. Second in place are the Epson V700 Photo or V750 Pro, followed by the Canon 8800F and its successor, the 900F.
The problem with scanners is that they have optics that don’t necessarily deliver the quality that the sensor needs to really make use of a high resolution. This is especially true for flatbed scanners. Tests show that both the 8800Fand the 9000F have a real resolution of 1600dpi, while both Epsons are at around 2300dpi. For more details visit websites like <a href=”http://filmscanner.info/”>filmscanner.info</a>.
When deciding on what to buy I guess it boils down to the question what you want. I’m scanning my films to upload them to the web and occasionally print a few copies for family members and standard formats. The results produced by the 8800F won’t be good enough for bigger prints, e.g. 20x30cm, although I haven’t tested it. I’m using a resolution of 2400dpi, which decreases scan times, btw.
My next scanner would be probably an Epson, because of the accessories: For both 120 and 135 formats you can scan twice the amount of images in one pass compared to the Canons.
Bottom line: The Canons are a good choice if money is an issue, for twice the price you’ll get the current Epson flagship, which offers a higher “real” resolution. And film scanners are a dream and get most of your precious film.
This is a great idea. I hope to fetch 19 processed films from the lab today. Since my scanner is broken (and I just received note that it has been received by the service center) I don’t know how long it takes until I can properly scan again.
Film Photography Submission By: nestorprado
Great roll of Mini-diana scanned by placing the negatives on a window and taking a picture of these negatives :D