For my film scanning clients, I’ve got some great news! I’ve lowered and simplified the price schedule based on the past several years of client feedback. The price structure was overly complex to accommodate all different needs. But it turned out that just about everybody who has used my service fit the same profile – a landscape photographer who needed a tack-sharp RAW scan for their very best originals. Please check out the updated page.
The ‘Deep Scan’ Option
There has been confusion on the ‘deep scanning’ option. This is NOT the same as a multi-pass scan, which is intended to make up for the poor dynamic range of cheap scanners. A single scan from my Hasselblad Imacon Flextight 848 will pull far more detail than any flatbed with a multi-pass feature. The ‘deep scan’ option is for badly underexposed slides that were otherwise useless, NOT to recover detail from a high contrast slide with large black areas. Only the scanner operator will know if this feature is needed, not the photographer.
Why I Offer the Service
The scanner I own is super expensive, and like all electronics, it needs maintenance and will eventually crap out. The scanning service helps me pay for the expensive yearly maintenance, as well as ‘save up’ for my next scanner when this one dies. Because every mid-priced film scanner is out of production, you’re left choosing between a cheap, crummy scanner at below $800 and good scanners like mine costly above $12,000. My goal is to give access to my scanner for the last analogue photographers who need a good scan at a low price. Drum scans cost $50+, while my scan, which is 95% as good, cost only $8 per scan.
Who Does and Doesn’t Needs a Better Scan
I once owned an Epson V700 and V750 with all the wet adapters. It worked good for softer negatives and portraits. But for carefully made originals on a tripod with good lenses, those cheap scanners can’t resolve the detail for big prints. This is especially true for 120 and 35mm film. Further, the Epson scanners can’t pick up the last 1.5-2 stops of shadow detail out of slides. When I bought the Flextight 848, all of my scans from my Mamiya 7ii improved drastically.
Most of my clients are currently shooting new film images and have sharp, high quality transparencies in good condition. They use tripods and sharp lenses with care. They need to extract full dynamic range and detail for eventually printing their work, as well as a full dynamic range scan for display online. They also send me their very best originals chosen out of a roll, not the entire roll.
When You Need a Good Flextight Drum Scan
- Landscape photography carefully shot on a tripod with sharp lenses
- Anything shot on slide film to reproduce true colors and full shadow detail
- Anything for large printing (even soft images for beautiful grain)
- Originals must be in good shape (not heavily scratched or dirty)
- A portrait when the photographer wants the full original grain structure for enlargement
When Another Scanner Will Do Fine
- Soft, dreamy portraits on print film
- Holga or toy camera negatives
- No intention of large printing
- Scratched and damaged film
- Scanning absolutely every image on every roll for inspection
Questions and Comments
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