Film Scanning

  • Leica R5 - 28-70mm, 50mm and 135mm R lenses
  • Kodak Portra 400 Colour Negative and Agfa 100 Colour Transparency films
  • Processed and Scanned (Noritsu scanner - 30MP) by Ag Photolab Birmingham 
  • Edited in Photoshop and downsized to around 18MP.

This is the first time I have had my flms scanned in lab and they were fine. Clean and sharp. My Nikon LS-9000 is an excellent scanner, but scanning all the films would have taken a long time and since I can neither replace or repair my scanner as its many years old and has scanned many 1000's of my images, it takes the pressure off that so I can carry on scanning my film archive.

Cost per shot is about £0.75, so as you can see I press the shutter only when I'm convinced I have a good shot. No trial and error digital overshooting here. A time consuming process since I shot some of this before Christmas and only got to see the results yesterday.

Convenience, cost, speed and turnaround time from shooting on film 3/10.

Pleasure in doing it and final results from shooting on film 10/10. 

I am currently having to stop myself (seriously) selling all my digital gear and buying more film cameras as it makes no sense and yet I still want to do it. There is something magical about the whole process and the final results that only a photography junkie like me (and many others of course) could explain. And that explanation would be a rambling, semi-pretentious pile of BS in the main. It is like reconnecting with that pleasure of discovery I had when I started getting serious about photography. And I certainly have a good deal more 'quality control' then when I'm shooting on digital. The thrill of seeing what I'd shot and the pleasure I got from turning those chemical processes and scans into images is difficult to ignore and it's really nice to be a 'real photographer' again. (Told you it would be pretentious BS!!) But above all it's fun, it's creative and it means I get to exercise all those skills and craftsmanship I taught myself many years ago. And that is very seductive.

I doubt I will abandon digital, but then you never know. Certainly every time I go out to create some pictures my first inclination is to pick up my film camera. Now I do have to remember that I still shoot a few commissions for clients and I also need a way to shoot stock video, but the desire to return to film shooting full time is becoming harder and harder to resist and while it is now somewhat diluted by my need to transfer the results to digital, I like the whole film process so much that I may eventually succumb to what I want to do rather than what I should do.

So no changes there then!!