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digital film scanner selection

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:51 pm
by ashok bhaskar
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.

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:29 am
by Helpful Corn
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

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:57 pm
by RAG

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.

Re: digital film scanner selection

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:50 am
by kayanat
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.

Re: digital film scanner selection

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:14 pm
by LSI_Ketelhohn
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.

kind regards
Arne Ketelhohn.