digital film scanner selection

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digital film scanner selection

Postby ashok bhaskar » Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:51 pm

I was intrested in knowing which is the best roll film scanner available now with quality of output the only criteria. Please give me few options and source of the same.

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Postby Helpful Corn » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:29 am

Hi ashok,

Nikon and Minolta are two brands you might want to investigate. Since this forum is devoted to Silverfast products, you probably will get more opinions on film scanners at photo-related sites like dpreview,, fredmiranda, luminous-landscape, and popphoto. ... page-1.htm ... 80crx.aspx

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Postby RAG » Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:57 pm


Regardless of brand you should look for the following:

Dynamic range (DMAX - DMIN = dynamic range) - The higher the dynamic range the better the shadow detail. The current printing technology seems to have a maximum dynamic range of about 3.3 so if that is your intended final output make sure the scanner at least matches that number.

Image Resolution - You want to make sure the optical scanning resolution is high enough to provide the largest intended output size.
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Re: digital film scanner selection

Postby kayanat » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:50 am

Is there a way to convert 120mm film into some digital form without using a scanner? like a photo cd or something? i'm sure the answer is probably no but thought i'd ask since i don't have a scanner and would like to share my pics from my holga. and i hate using the 35mm film with that camera so please don't suggest that.

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Re: digital film scanner selection

Postby LSI_Ketelhohn » Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:14 pm

Dear Kayanat,

As you already expected the basic answer is no.
Without a scanning device there is no acceptable way to covert a 120mm film to digital form.
There are special lens systems which can be mounted in front of a digital camera, but I would rather suggest using a good flatbed scanner.
Another alternative would be a scanning service provider.

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