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 slides
- Unmounted slide film and other 35mm film, in normal “full frame” format or XPan panoramic format
- High quality scans of: 35mm (including XPan), medium format, 617, and 4×5 film
- Contact sheet scans of medium format 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.
Medium Format Contact Sheets. While I don’t offer a fast/bulk scan option for 120/220 medium format film, I do offer “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. See below for samples.
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.
Major dust removal, major color correction and other post processing work possible on an hourly rate basis of $24/hour with 15-minutes increments.
I use the Jobo rotary processor for consistent performance. B&W films are developed using Kodak Xtol. 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.
35mm film can be in cut strips or uncut roll. Uncut 35mm rolls will be returned uncut.
|Bulk 35mm mounted slides||4800×3600||$8/30 slides|
|Bulk 35mm film||3000×2000||$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|
|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.
Return postage is $8 USPS Priority Mail, or $5 First Class mail.
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2625 Middlefield Rd, #685
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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 4 sheets of 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!
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