DigitaLIZA 135: Making My Life Easier


As someone who is fairly new to scanning negatives, and always looking for a way to make things quicker, easier, and more convenient, the DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask is just right for me.

A few months ago, my beloved other half convinced me that getting a film scanner was the right thing to do (promising we would save loads of money and have a great time scanning). I was highly doubtful that this could be true as it seemed very labour-intensive and quite tricky to get right. We got an Epson Perfection V500 but it quickly became apparent that the aforementioned other half was not overly keen on this scanning business, especially as the frames that came with the scanner were quite fiddly to say the least. I ended up doing the majority of the scanning for the both of us but with unfathomable problems I had never encountered before — curly negatives, newtons rings, etc. I kind of hated every second of it.

When I ordered my Sprocket Rocket, I was a bit hesitant because despite having coveted one for a while, I knew it meant scanning to incorporate all those lovely exposed sprockets. I ended up getting the Sprocket Rocket Elite bundle which includes the DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask as I had heard good things about it. When I had my first roll of negatives back from the Manchester Lomo Roadshow, I was keen to scan them right away.

The wonderful DigitaLIZA Scanning Mask made life so much easier from the word go. Following a quick tutorial online from the super @"panchoballard": to explain how to scan sprocket holes, I was off. The magnetic part that holds your film strip in position is so handy and stops it slipping out of place, the fact that you don’t have to touch the negatives half as much to get them to stay flat down on the scanner means less dust and scratches.

Credits: kneehigh85

I am really happy with my DigitaLIZA and although £29 can seem a bit expensive, I dread to think how much you would have to pay a posh lab to scan the sprocket holes every time. Plus, I feel that if you get it as part of a bundle like I did, it works out even cheaper than that. I now don’t find scanning such a mammoth task and I even do my chaps Spinner 360 shots for him (when I am in a good mood!)

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.

written by kneehigh85 on 2011-08-11 #gear #review #sprockets #mask #user-review #scanning-mas #helpful-accessory #flatbed-scanner


  1. veato
    veato ·

    I can't see the article on scanning sprockets you linked?

  2. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    Hmmm I have the same's decided...time to buy a digitaliza!

  3. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    It should have been a link to Pancho's lomohome.

  4. quellmaus
    quellmaus ·

    Hi, I just got the Sprocket rocket and the digitaliza and am still undecided which scanner to use. I need somethin really uncomplicated. Does it work easily with the Epson V500? Did anyone try the newer versions of the Epson?? HELP my first film is developped and I really want to buy a scanner to see the resulst :-)))
    Thanks for every answer!

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