When Lomography released the DigitaLIZA 35mm film scanner this week, I knew I just HAD to have it! So when it arrived this afternoon I quickly put it to use scanning some of my Spinner 360 negatives.
Finding a way to scan the sprocket holes on our beloved 35mm film hasn’t always been easy. Homemade holders, struggling to use a medium format mask, taping to scanner glass, even using a digital camera and a window to “ghetto” scan are all ways we have become accustomed to preserving our unique images. Creative, yes. But time consuming and frustrating? Absolutely! Not to mention more fingerprints and dirt on our negatives from the extra handling.
Now, thanks to the DigitaLIZA from Lomography, we can set aside all those worries and concentrate on what’s important, our lomographs! Super simple to use, it fits in any flatbed scanner with a glass back and light for scanning. I used it in my Epson V500 and it worked like a charm. The magnetized strip holds the negative nice and flat, and with the included metal plate, it won’t touch the surface of your workspace, which means less dust and fingerprints!
This is the product to invest in if you are even THINKING about using a 35mm back with your Diana F+, shooting 35mm in a Lubitel, or getting funky with the super cool new Spinner 360. It can handle those long negatives, so fire away! You can have the film lab process for you, then just take it home, cut it yourself and get to it!
Just remember to uncheck the thumbnail box on your preview screen before you hit scan. You’ll need to have your settings on Professional or Custom depending on which brand of scanner you use. And to get the image to show up properly you may need to adjust the histogram appropriately. But it’s all completely worth it in the end to buy this product! I also tested it on some other 35mm negatives and it worked very well! Very nice backup mask just in case the original one you got with your scanner ever breaks.
Cheers to Lomography for releasing this wonderful and unique new product!!!