What scanner will you buy to digitize films and slides – flatbed scanner or dedicated film scanner?



What kind of scanners would you choose to buy to digitize your collection of films and slides?  A flatbed scanner?  Or a dedicated film scanner?

If you need some advice on the pros and cons, don’t miss Cameron Kline’s recent article at Film Shooters Collective.  Cameron is a Pacific Northwest editorial photographer.

The OpticFilm 120 is a dedicated film scanner that’s capable of digitizing negatives from 35mm up to 6x12cm. It’s the ideal solution, in my opinion for any photographer who does not need to scan prints and who is not shooting sheet film. If you’re shooting roll film then this is most likely the scanner for you if you want the ultimate quality. You could pay more for a Nikon Coolscan if you want to, but you won’t likely get a warranty with it and you probably also won’t be able to return it if you have an issue with it. …

The first thing that got me excited about the OpticFilm 120 were the film holders. These film holders have been designed to provide the flattest film and therefore give you sharp results. …

The most important thing you should know about the OpticFilm 120 is about the quality of the output. Depending on your workflow your mileage may vary, but for me the quality of the scans I was able to turn out was excellent and I’ll share the short version of my workflow now. …

The resulting files from the scanner are rich, gorgeous examples of how special film is. In my workflow they could replace lab scans, given their quality, with the only sacrifice really being the time it takes to create the scan. For my needs the OpticFilm 120 is about as good as it gets and I really can’t see any situation where I’d want more from a scanner than what this one offers. It’s rare that I get to use a piece of equipment that changes the way I think about my workflow, but for scanning at home, this is as good as it gets.

To read the complete review article, please visit Film Shooters Collective.

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