Professional Drum Scanning Service
Scanning By Photographer Richard J. Auger
Only the most discerning and dedicated photographers today continue use a traditional film process. Obtaining a proper scan requires a large investment in the proper scanning equipment, as well as advanced knowledge of color management and operation. Many modern film photographers are forced to compromise their final printed images with cheap consumer flatbed scanners, because of the prohibitive cost of traditional drum service. Further, many big labs have inexperienced, low paid employees that aren’t properly trained to use a drum scanner, creating blurry scans; or worse, damaging precious originals.
Using a (Hasselblad) Imacon Flextight 848 Drum Scanner, each scan is personally performed by award-winning film photographer Richard Auger for a reasonable price. Each image seen on this website has been scanned using the Flextight 848. Formats include 35mm, Xpan, medium format, 4x5 inch and 5x8 inch sheet film. Unusual sizes may require a custom adapter, in which a large minimum order will apply. Please scroll below for more information and pricing.
Scanner Technical Quality and FAQ
Richard Auger Photography owns and operates the finest drum scanner available today: the Hasselblad Flextight 848, which uses a ‘Vitrual Drum’ technology. The original is scanned through a GLASS FREE, OPTICAL PATH, without the need to fluid mount the original using toxic and abrasive scanning chemicals.
By bending the original on a curved path, tension creates a straight scan-line thus eliminating inaccuracies that can cause registration errors and color flaring. Most scanners may leave part or all of the original out of focus, losing critical sharpness and introducing color lines at contrast points.
Further, the TRUE 16-Bit, 4.8 Dmax single pass scan produces ultra smooth tones, as well as noise free, detailed shadows. Twice as much data is captured without interpolation. The autofocus system ensures razor sharp scans every time.
The active CCD cooling system prevents added digital noise from sensor heat. Inexpensive scanners start to introduce noise during multiple scans from heat buildup.
As of January 2016, I have a new, simplified pricing system based on client feedback. These are for for uncorrected, uncleaned, RAW TIFF scans. Other services (including editing and correction) available upon request.
35mm Film (3200 dpi) – $8 Per Scan
6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9 Film (3200 dpi) – $8 Per Scan
4x5 Film (2040 dpi) – $8 Per Scan
6x12, 6x17 (3200 dpi) – $12 Per Scan
6x24 (3200 dpi) – $18 Per Scan
**Super dark, badly underexposed slides add 50%. A second ‘deep scan’ is run to recover detail and color. Note that this NOT the same as a multi-pass scan, and is not intended for recovering large black areas of a correctly exposed, high-contrast transparency (multi-pass scans are only needed scanners with poor dynamic range)**
$5 per burned DVD is charged. Clients are encouraged to send a thumb drive, SD Card, hard drive, etc with their originals to have this fee waived, as well as speed up the return process.
5 Scans per order is required, as much time is used to open, repackage, and resend your film originals, as well as provide individual attention and customer support for each scanning session.
MAILING YOUR ORIGINALS
Please mail your film, with return postage label and a check payable to Auger Studios, Inc, to the following address:
Auger Studios, Inc.
PO BOX 720189
Orlando, FL 32872
Please pack your original film into a box, then between two sheets of cardboard. Include instructions for if you would like a RAW Scan, Cleaned Scan, or Edited Scan. Ship via the US Postal Service; priority service with tracking is recommended. The medium and small Flat Rate USPS boxes work fantastic, and the Post Office won’t bend them. If you have a pacticular schedule or special need, please feel free to contact me.
Please send your film cut and sleeved. You do NOT have to cut the negatives individually, but please mark with a sharpie on the clear leave which images you want scanned.
Please SEND AN EMAIL letting me know that you have mailed your package, as well as a rough expected arrival date.
Epson V750 vs Flextight 848 Scan Comparison
As most middle quality scanners have been discontinued, all that is left are scanners below $800 (such as the popular Epson V750) and above $20,000 (drum scanners and pre-press flatbed scanners). After many years of shooting film, I could no longer take the Epson V750’s poor quality. While it can work OK for a few months (and not that great even then), they get out of alignment after only a few months and get just keep getting worse.
They eventually start developing lines, misfocus, and warped shaped scans. Dust and grease settle under the glass as well as the CCD scanner. Scanning quality degrades outside the center of the scanning bed for larger negatives or batch scanning. Toxic (labeled as carcinogenic!!!) chemicals must be handled for best quality (which is subpar still). After burning out two V750 scanners (a $1600 waste), I finally bought the Flextight. Save yourself money in the long term and have me scan your best originals.
DMAX represents the highest value that a scanner can pull out of the shadows. Almost all scanners completely lie about their DMAX. They state the DMAX of the A/D (analog to digital) converter instead of the actual DMAX output. In one pass, they Flextight 848 picks up more shadow detail that a very long multi-exposure scan from the Epson.
Below, here is a scan of a 6x7cm negative from the Imacon. Just one single pass scan!
Below, here is a scan from the Epson V750, FLUID MOUNTED USING MULTI-EXPOSURE. The multi-exposure adds significant time and requires a fluid scan to keep from blurring the image. Notice the crushed shadows with lack of color information, and inability to pick up subtle reds:
Below, a 100% crop from the Flextight 848. Notice the nail-bighting sharpness and enhanced tones:
Below, a 100% crop from an Epson V750 using the wet mount tray. The difference in sharpness is visible even on a 16×20 print:
More Details of Scanning Process
Film Sizes Available:
The Flextight 848 can scan all sizes up to 5×8 inches (13×18 cm). Each film size needs a custom adapter, so if you have an unusual camera type, I can custom order an adapter for customers needing a large scan order. Sizes Include: 35mm, XPan, 6×4.5cm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm, 6x9cm, 6x12cm, 6x17cm, 6x24cm, 4×5 in, 5x7in, 5x8in
Handling of Film
Your originals are precious, we know from personal experience. Lint-free, white cotton gloves are used when handling your originals. An air-compressed can and orange negative cloth is used to remove dust particles.
Maintenance of Scanner
Scanner is sent to Hasselblad for a yearly checkup. A special calibration sheet is used to ensure scanner is in perfect focus.
File Storage and Delivery
Customer may provide hard drive or thumb drive for faster return of files. Otherwise, 16Bit files are provided on burned DVD, which require an additional charge for each DVD.
A custom made color profile is created with a HTC scanning target, and then converted into a larger color space for editing.