Lomography’s new film scanner is a brilliant device specifically designed for quick scanning of 35mm film. For those of you who share my love for medium format, let me show an easy way to use the film scanner for 120 film scanning.
Ever since I pledged for the film scanner kickstarter campaign I have been looking forward to receiving the scanner. Yesterday was my lucky day! As soon as the box arrived I started playing with my new toy. Never having scanned my own negatives, I quickly discovered this is not an easy task. Getting a realistic positive from a color negative requires software knowledge that I lack. Luckily, Lomography is not going to let us hang out to dry, as I am writing this, they are feverishly working on a marvelous app that will make scanning and converting negatives easy as pie!
As I wasn’t willing to sit idly by, waiting for the Lomography scanning app to be released, I decided I should try scanning some black and white images. That should be easier, right? Problem was I didn’t have any 35mm BW negatives at hand, only a recently developed 120 film I shot with my Lubitel 2. A quick glimpse at the film scanner confirmed what I already knew: this device was not made to work with anything other than 35mm film. Yet, there is a solution! That is, if you are the owner of an iPad or any other flat surfaced with a diffused light source.
This is what you do if you have an iPad:
Install the free film scanner lite app on your iPad,
Run the app and select to use it as a lightbox,
Lay a strip of 120 film on your ipad,
Put a card board mask on the film (this will help prevent scratching of the film),
Remove the bottom layer of your film scanner,
Put the scanner on top of the negative/mask,
And there you go.
An important tip: don’t align the scanner with your iPad. Rather, orient the scanner at a 45 degree angle (see the photos above). This will eliminate the light interference you will otherwise get. Check the pictures below and you’ll see what I mean.
Here are some of the images I scanned this way. As these are the first photos I made with an old Lubitel I recently bought, I am very happy with the results, both of the scanner and the camera!
Robin Rimbaud is a UK based artist, record producer, and composer who works under the name "Scanner" in reference to his use of mobile phone signals and police scanners in his early performances. He has worked on soundtracks for films, sound installations, radio, dance and theater. Robin also has a passion for medium format photography, owns a Holga camera and has a unique photographic style. Get to know him in this interview, where he talks about his personal work as well as his experience with the Lomo LC-A 120.
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Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
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Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
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Dale McCready is a cinematographer working in the film/ TV industry and has worked on programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin. He was one of our supporters for the Petzval Kickstarter campaign and recently used the lens to film for a new BBC drama, which is due out in March. Dale kindly shared some of his Petzval photographs with us and talked about his love for this lens. Read on for the full interview.
Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!
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As you may have read in my previous article, I truly fell in love with Lomography when I combined my Fisheye camera with an old Canon AE-1 for magical photographic results. Last summer, I took so many pictures of flowers that it started to become almost boring for me. My waning interest and the coming winter meant that I had to figure out something else to do with my 35mm film.