Is My Scanner Broken?


What is wrong with my scanner? It doesn’t matter – I love the results!

I started an experiment by spraying some alcohol-based glass cleaner on the film in my black-room. I went out with some friends and shot some pictures of the evening with my Sprocket Rocket.

The next day I went back to the lab and after developing the negatives, I started to scan them. But what was wrong? This was the first result:

At first I thought, the glass cleaner had a cool effect. Then I got the idea that my scanner was part of the mistake, so I scanned it again. But the second and third scans brought out the same strange-looking pictures. It must have been something with the film, so I tried another one to be sure – the other negatives worked perfect as usual. What was wrong with the film? Does glass cleaner change the film in that way, or is the scanner not able to work properly with this chemical on the negatives? I don’t know but I like the results:

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written by t82 on 2011-07-19 #gear #tutorials #film #experiment #tipster #lomography #quickie-tipster #labrat #film-preparation #glass-cleaner


  1. lisabegusch
    lisabegusch ·

    Funny how the films turned out that way!
    Do you have any advice on what scanner to buy, and what scanners are compatible with 120 mm film?

  2. chethong
    chethong ·

    perhaps you are using the wrong setting on the scanning software ? The one thing I learned is, if you cross-processed your slide film, you need to scan them as 'negative', instead of choosing 'slide/positive film' on the scanning software.

  3. 12_12
    12_12 ·

    @lisabegusch: I can recommend the Epson V500 Photo. Its easy to use and its not to expensive (170Eur is what I paid). The Canon 9000f (?) is suppose to be good as well!

  4. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    I have the Canon 9000F which I bought for around US$150 (I think, more or less) n Amazon. It scans 120 beautifully. You have to fiddle it with for 35mm and especially to get it to scan exposed sprocket holes properly, but it is possible.

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Niiiice ! Reminds me of this (…)

  6. mattski1000
    mattski1000 ·

    My film turned out exactly like this when using a V330 scanner with a Digitiliza. I hadn't cut the film to the size of the Digitiliza and had film hanging over the sides, when i had cut film to right size the greenish zint disappeared altogether, now i have the problem of not having any grreen tint!

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