If you are shooting 35mm with exposed sprocket holes or even if you want to replace the flimsy film holders from you flatbed scanner, the DigitaLIZA 135 Scanning Mask is one of the best and most useful designs I’ve come across and an essential part of any serious Lomographers kit.
If you have a Sprocket Rocket, Spinner 360, Diana F+ with 35mm Back+ or any number of bodged medium format cameras made to take 35mm film, you will soon want to get those lovely sprockets on display on your photos. Request this at your local pharmacist or high street photo lab and they will ask what the hell you are talking about. Request it at your nearest pro lab and they will ask for a fat wodge of cash! Either way, if you want sprocket holes on your photos, scanning your own film is pretty much a necessity.
This is where the Lomography DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask comes in. The film holders you get with any flatbed scanner are not designed to expose the sprocket holes and in my experience are generally quite crappy anyway. The DigitaLIZA is specifically designed to hold long strips of 35mm film easily and leave the sprocket holes clear for scanning.
It does this by a clever mechanism involving a metal plate and magnets which allows you to simply flip open the DigitaLIZA, load the film and click the magnetic parts together before closing the device holding the film tightly by the very edge and allowing you to easily scan the film. The DigitaLIZA holds the film very flat making it easier to scan and avoiding the funny rainbow effect called Newton rings, which can occur if the film touches the glass of the scanner.
If you are careful with your positioning on the scanner, you can just about scan 6 full frame 35mm images in one go and it easily deals with the long strips of film you get from using the spinner 360. I’ve found that I like using it so much that I now using it for scanning 35mm even when I don’t need to scan the sprocket holes.
If I had one complaint and it is a very small one. It is that it doesn’t expose the sprocket holes right to the edge of the film, so you miss a sliver from each edge which can include details like the frame numbers and strange barcode stripes along the very edge of the film. This can’t be helped as it is inherent in the design but is a bit of a shame.
If you are thinking about scanning your own film, just get one of these, I can’t rate it highly enough.
The DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask holds your 35mm negatives in place so you can scan them, sprocket holes and all! Be your own boss when it comes to scanning 35mm negatives, giving you ultimate control over your images! Visit the Shop and get your very own DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask.