Angela Izzo's First Impressions of the DigitaLIZA+/Max


Our new DigitaLIZA+ and DigitaLIZA Max allow you to scan any type of 35 mm, 120 or 127 negatives with a smartphone or digital camera, right in the comfort of your home. We’re talking standard frames as well as exposed sprocket holes or film borders, overlapping exposures, endless panoramas…the film world is yours to capture!

In our normal fashion, we wanted to get some reactions from Lomographers, so we sent some over for them to test out. Experimental film photographer Angela Izzo is here to let us know about her experience home-scanning her panoramas and 120 frames with the DigitaLIZA+/Max, and how it compares to traditional lab scanning.

Photos by Angela Izzo

Hello Angela, we're excited to speak with you again. Please introduce yourself for those who have not met you.

Hello! I’m Angela Izzo and I am based in Los Angeles, I shoot lifestyle portraits for bands and artists, fashion stories, and other eclectic subjects. I am a lover of nature. Thank you for having me back!

What were your first impressions of the DigitaLIZA Max when you received it?

This is a piece of equipment that I never used so putting the pieces together was actually really fun and easy. I like that it’s portable and fast, it’s a new and convenient way to scan film.

Photos by Angela Izzo

You scanned one of your specialty formats—panoramas! Can you tell us about your experience with the setup and how you found the process?

For me this is probably the easiest quick way to capture the negative. I normally don’t cut my film, so I can scan and roll, scan and roll, which is perfect for panoramic negatives. It also lends itself well to my multiple image style where the images extend beyond one frame.

How long did it take for you to scan a roll?

Once I got everything set up with the phone it was super fast! Especially with the rolling knob made the process quick. From beginning to end I believe it took less than five minutes to scan panos.

Photos by Angela Izzo

Does the DigitaLIZA Max provide anything that traditional labs don't? How do the scans differ from your experiences?

The way I shoot my photos are very layered and abstract so having the freedom to scroll back and forth gives me more variety then what film labs offer me. I like to be hands-on through the entire process.

What tip or trick can you share with those who are looking to try this scanner out?

Use a nice clean surface. If you don’t cut your film look out for it dragging on any dirty surfaces. Make sure you have enough space to work.

Photos by Angela Izzo

Are there any features and abilities you want to highlight?

I’m obsessed with the mini light box and scrolling film wheel. I like that I can take it with me while traveling.

Have you self-scanned your negatives previously? If so, what did you use and how does the DigitaLIZA Max compare?

I scan all my negatives myself. With my flatbed scanner it’s good for the office when you need museum quality, but takes longer and the equipment has a larger footprint. Sometimes the flatbed scanner doesn’t see my film when I try scanning the exposed sprocket part of the film. With the DigitalLIZA it was way easier and quicker to capture the sprocket parts of the with my phone. Overall the process is way simpler.

Photos by Angela Izzo

Would you recommend this scanner to anyone specific, and what would you tell them?

I think this scanner would be great for travelers. You can pack it in your bag and bring your film anywhere to scan.

Thank you Angela for sharing with us. You can find more of her work via Instagram.

written by kaylalew on 2022-03-09 #gear #people #scanning #digitaliza #self-scanning #angela-izzo #digitaliza #digitaliza-max

Mentioned Product

DigitaLIZA 35 mm Scanning Mask

Hold your negatives in place through the innovative magnetic mechanism and easily scan special formats such as sprocket holes, endless panoramas and overlapping exposures.

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One Comment

  1. paulg
    paulg ·

    Wonderful interview. I am super interested. Which camera are you using from the phone. Are you using the high resolution camera and zooming or are you using the macro? I have only done scans with my dslr. Where and at what size would I notice a big difference if I start scanning with my phone using the Max stand?

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