How to scan panoramic film negative images?

Panoramic film images can take up several frames, so they may be harder to scan than the typical 35 mm or 120 film formats. Panoramic cameras take wider images, for example, the Horizon Kompakt captures 24 mm × 58 mm images or even the Diana F+ with the panoramic mask frame, making the images more cinematic.

Photos by: @libellule, @atria007 and @warning using the Horizon Kompakt

The most common way, albeit also time-consuming, is to scan panoramic images in small batches and stitch them together in photo-editing software.

You can also scan panoramic film negatives with a flatbed scanner or a medium format scanner paired with film holders. Take note that you should get film holders that don’t have dividers separating the frames in order to scan the whole span of your panoramic film image.

Photos by @troch and bccbarbosa using the Holga 120 Pan and Holga 120 CFN

Another option for scanning panoramic film negative images is the DigitaLIZA Scanning Masks in 35 mm or 120 formats which also allows you to scan other special formats like sprocket rockets and overlapping exposures with your flatbed scanner or mobile phone, DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Meanwhile, the all-in-one Lomography DigitaLIZA+ and DigitaLIZA Max offer the same flexibility in scanning various formats with your smartphone or digital camera, even without a flatbed or dedicated film scanner.

Here’s a tutorial video on scanning special format films with the DigitaLIZA scanning kits:

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