Scanning & Developing Services

Negative and Slide Scanning Services

As a dedicated film photographer using 4×5, medium format, and 35mm film, I have accumulated a number of scanners which make my workflow much easier while also being able to produce the highest quality scans. I am now offering these developing and scanning (and soon fine art printing) services to you.

  • Bulk Scanning:
    • 35mm mounted slides35mm B&W / color negatives and unmounted slide film, in normal “full frame” format or XPan panoramic format
  • High quality scans of: 35mm (including XPan), medium format, 617, and 4×5 film
  • B&W and C41 development of: 35mm, 120/220, and 4×5 film

Bulk scan your collection, then select the images you wish to make high quality scans of. Best of both worlds!

Bulk scanned images are perfect for web display, and even for making quality letter-size prints. Mounted slides are scanned using a PowerSlide 3650 with optical 3600DPI resolution. 35mm film is scanned using a Pakon F335 with optical 2100DPI resolution.

High quality images are suitable for large prints, and are scanned with a Hasselblad Imacon 848 Flextight scanner with 6300 DPI (35mm), 3200 DPI (medium format), and 2040DPI (4×5). The Flextight scans are the highest quality scan one can make without resorting to drum scanning (which costs $140-$200 or more per scan), or high end (e.g. Creo IQSmart3) flatbed scanners, and the difference between a Flextight image and a drum scanned image is minor, even more so for 35mm/medium formats. High quality XPan scans with Flextight can be used for 6 foot wide prints!!

Note: Be very wary of flatbed scanners claiming a “high DPI resolution”. For example, while the Epson V7xx/8xx scanners claims 6000+ DPI, its true optical resolution is much lower; somewhere between 2200-2400. As good as flatbed scanners are, their quality simply cannot compare to the Flextight scanner.

For 35mm, XPan, and medium format, the Flextight produces much higher quality scans than even the Nikon LS-9000 (with a glass carrier, it is considered one of the best prosumer scanners), let alone flatbed scanners.

Output

Bulk scans: full resolution files in JPG, plus reduced files of 1000 pixels (long side) for web display.

High quality scans: full resolution files in TIFF, plus reduced files of 1000 pixels (long side) for web display. Minor dust removal also included.

Image files will be available to download from our server (never on a public cloud such as Dropbox). DVD / CD / thumb drive extra.

Film Development uses Jobo rotary processor for consistent performance. B&W films are developed using the legendary Harvey 777 if timing is known and Xtol or DD-X otherwise. C41 uses Kodak Flexcolor chemical with separate bleach and fix. Developed negatives will be cut into strips and returned in archival Printfiles sleeves. You can send in a roll for develop and scan, then download the image files, and decide whether to have high quality scans on any frames.

Note: while I don’t offer a fast/bulk scan option for 120/220 medium format film per se, if you send in medium format film for developing, I will make a “contact sheet” scan with the Epson V700 flatbed scanner. You will receive the contact sheet JPG via email and can determine whether you want high resolution scans for any of the frames.

35mm film can be in cut strips or uncut roll. Uncut 35mm rolls will be returned uncut.

Return postage is $8 USPS Priority Mail, or $4 First Class mail.

Pricing

SCANNING SERVICE RESOLUTION PRICE
Bulk 35mm mounted slides 4800×3600 $8/30 slides
Bulk 35mm film 3000×2000 $8/roll
Bulk XPan 5500×2000 $8/roll
High quality 35mm 9000×6000 $5
High quality XPan 16000×6000 $10
High quality 6×6 Medium Format 6900×6900 $10
High quality 6×7 to 6×9 MF 6900+x6900 $12
High quality 617 (and 612) 21000×6900 $15
High quality 4×5 7500×9400 $15

FILM DEVELOPING
B&W or C41 35mm, 120 $9
B&W or C41 220 $18
B&W or C41 4×5 $3/sheet

FLATBED (Epson V700) SCANS
MF Contact Sheets / 8×10 / Prints 1200-2400 DPI $4

Basic auto exposure and auto white balance and basic color restoration are included in this service. Bulk scans use automatic dust removal using hardware based “digital ICE” for color negatives and non-Kodachrome slides (not available for B&W and Kodachrome). High quality scans use software based dust removal for all film types.

Extra Services
Major dust removal, major color correction and other post processing work possible on an hourly rate basis of $24/hour with 15-minutes increments.

Payment


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Customers pay return shipping.

Turnaround Time
Usually one week.

Contact
richard@richardmanphoto.com
See my work on Facebook and Instagram under richardmanphoto.

Address
Richard Man
ImageCraft Scanning
2625 Middlefield Rd, #685
Palo Alto, CA 94306

DISCLAIMERS

By obtaining film development or scanning services from Richard Man / ImageCraft, you agree to the following terms:

Richard will take all reasonable care in handling and processing (developing or scanning) your films. You shall not hold Richard responsible for any damage, regardless of whether this occurs by accident or through negligence. In case of damage incurred while the film is in Richard’s possession, the maximum value of replacement cost offered will be $5 per roll (135, 120), or per sheet (4×5). Richard is not responsible for any film lost or damaged by mailing services, and in such cases no replacement shall be given.

Thank you, and I look forward to be working with you!

Image Samples

Click any image to view enlargements.

This is a high quality scan of a 35mm Provia 400 slide I took in 2004.
The full size is ~8800×6000 or about 50 megapixels. Of course scan resolution is not the same as digital megapixels but this should hold up well against 14-20 MP digital cameras.
Click to see Full Size Image (60MB – not recommended for mobile users
Close up-Detail (1200×900 – 50% full size)

Bulk Scan: 35mm Kodachrome Slide from 1970s

Bulk Scan: 35mm B&W film from 2005

Bulk Scan: XPan 2014

High Quality Scan: XPan

High Quality Scan: Medium Format

High Quality Scan: 4×5

‘Contact Sheet’ for Medium Format