What if you always wanted to shoot panoramic photos complete with sprockets but can't afford the expensive scanning at your local photolab? Buy a DigitaLiza!
As usual, I can count on Lomography.com to come out with innovative new products that save me $$. DigitaLiza 35mm scanning mask is an accessory that allows you to scan 35mm panoramic shots, including the sprockets. I had always wondered why it is so much more expensive to scan films with sprockets at the photolab. After I bought the DigitaLiza and tried DIY scanning, I begin to appreciate the enormous amount of time and effort required, and the cost is rightly justified.
DigitaLiza consists of 3 parts, the steel bottom, the holder, and the “lid”.
Operation is simple and from my experience is best done on a flat surface. First, open the holder and place it on top of the steel plate. Lay your film in the holder. Close the holder and then put the “lid” onto the film. The magnet in the lid will press the film flat against the steel plate. The next part is somewhat the reverse of the previous 3 steps. Pull out the lid and lift the holder from the steel plate. Lay and align the holder (with the film) onto your scanner. Proceed to scan!
The DigitaLiza allows you to scan up to 6 frames each time. Meaning you can scan 3 Sprocket Rocket shots or 1 Spinner 360 shot. This is really convenient and speeds up my scanning productivity. Here are some photos scanned with DigitaLiza! The results are awesome!
If you intend to buy a panoramic camera and are doing DIY scanning, I would strongly recommend that you get one to save $$ in the long run!