After Development: How to Choose the Right Scanner for You!

We're going to talk a bit about scanners and digitizing the negatives of your Lomographs. Here's why you might want to buy your own film scanner and tips on which one you should get!

When I started with analogue photography, I’ve shot two rolls and brought them to the lab (it’s in a supermarket, so it’s pretty cheap), they told me they would charge me 11€ for developing and printing each roll. This is about 0.30€ (0.40$) per photo, yes it’s not so expensive but if you’re planning to shoot many rolls and use different cameras (maybe a roll for each one), you might find yourself selling your cameras to develop that fantastic photo!

So you may want to save some money! How? It’s easy: use a scanner! When you use one you just have to pay for development (2€ for me) and then you can scan the negatives and choose which photos deserve to be printed, saving lot of money.

Image via: Wikipedia

What is a photographic scanner? It’s nothing special, it may be just like the scanner you have at home, but it must have a backlight which lits the emulsions which are then acquired as negatives and then coverted via software to positives and so normal photos.
Obviously this kind of scanner isn’t gifted, so is it really worth? It depends, there are some of them (the most consumer oriented ones) which cost less than 200€/$ so if you shoot a lot and don’t print that much, they pay themselves after about 15 rolls. If you don’t shoot many photos or if you prefer to print them, you may prefer getting them printed for you by labs, because in this case you have to add the price of the ink and the paper to the one of the scanner.

The main photographic scanners producers at the moment are Canon and Epson, they both produce similar products in particular you may want a flatbed scanner, but pay attention if you want to acquire also 120 films because not every scanner can do this and you have to look carefully. In fact every scanner has fixed backlight sizes and holders for negatives, so you may not be physically able to put 120 films in the scanner. There are also portable scanners which have a problem for Lomographers, they usually don’t let you acquire sprockets and photos larger than a normal 35mm, but they are also cheap!

A Digitaliza 35mm mask, which helps holding the films

For 35mm films we have a cheaper option which has been developed by, guess who, Lomography! It’s the Lomography Smartphone Scanner! With it you just have to put the film inside the Film Scanner and your Smartphone in the dedicated holder. Then you take a digital photo of the analogue photo (Inception!) and Lomography app (available for both Android and iOS) helps you to adjust the colors and so on.

And here are the results:

Credits: sixsixty & opon21

Pretty good, aren’t they?

So here are the options, choose the one which suits your needings and don’t forget to leave a comment to tell us your experience!

The Smartphone Film Scanner offers Lomographers and analog lovers a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. Simply turn on the Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use your phone’s camera or the specially-developed App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share. In an instant, you’ll end up with a digital version of your film which can be archived, emailed, posted on social media sites or printed. It also offers unrivaled speed and convenience when compared to other film scanners. Get yours from the Online Shop today!

written by virtualflyer on 2013-07-25 in #gear #tipster #scanning #negatives #120 #scanner #smartphone-scanner #35mm #tutorial #software #film

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