My First Scans with the Lomography Film Scanner, with the Samsung Galaxy S2

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The Lomography Film Scanner arrived today and I just couldn't wait to try it out! Here are some first scans of 35mm colour negatives and xpro slides, using a Samsung Galaxy S2.

I had been thinking what app I should use in the meantime, knowing the Lomoscanner app is still in development, but how silly was I – I could do everything I needed (for a start) simply with the camera app!

Instead of taking a normal picture as I would in other instances, I switched on the “negative” effect which technically, inverts the negative image. Placing the camera on the Lomography Film Scanner, I could immediately see what the scan looked like!

Without inverting the image – scanning by taking the picture as it is.

No frills, no external apps needed (for now, will share more about it at the end of the post). I used the highest resolution possible on my S2 – 3264 × 2448. Note though that the captured image takes up only about one-third of the screen (I used all 3 stacks), which I believe reduces the resolution of the final image quite significantly.

I wanted to share how the scans looked like with no other tweaks or edits (besides cropping, rotating and using the “negative” effect). Here are some scans of colour negatives, vs xpro slides.

The colour negative scans really puzzled me, why were they all so blue, which wasn’t the case with the professional scans from the photo developing shop?

You can compare them to the scans by a professional

The xpro slide scans were slightly inconsistent as I compared them to the ones scanned professionally. Some of the xpro scans lost the signature saturation (my favourite Xpro Chrome).

You can compare them to the scans done by a professional

I was quite horrified viewing the images on the S2 as the resolution seemed real terrible, however it wasn’t that bad when I sent the files over to my Macbook and viewed them from there. Can’t say I’ll be confident as yet getting them on decent R4 prints. Definitely can’t replace professional scans but would suffice with reliving memories from old and forgotten negatives.

I am awaiting the LomoScanner app for Android and I sure hope it will make this buy a worthwhile one. Hope that’ll address the stark colour shifts too without much hassle. The primary reason I bought this was to scan 35mm with sprockets, which does cost a whole lot more if I do it at a professional photo developing shop. Has your Lomography Film Scanner arrived? What do you think? Would love to hear some tips from the hands-on users, and it’ll be wonderful if someone can enlighten me regarding the colour shifts, perhaps I’m doing something completely wrong!

written by myloft on 2013-03-21 in #reviews #xpro #kickstarter #film-scanner #samsung #lomoscanner #slides #colour-negatives #35mm

3 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    the pictures looks blue becouse you scan the entire image including the sproket holes while the pro scans are of the normal 24x36 format image. for the xpro pictures is only a question of level adjustment done before the scan.

  2. wreckingpress
    wreckingpress ·

    the "reversed" negative scans are blue because print film base is red, Like Ra4paper out of the box is actually a base color of cyan (which cancels some of that red out when you print and the only two things that are really adjusted are then the magenta and yellow to balance out the color in a color darkroom).

  3. myloft
    myloft ·

    @superlighter @wreckingpress thanks for sharing and enlightening me on that!

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