Photographic Film and Slide Scanning Alternatives

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This is an overview of the options available for digitizing photographic film and slides. It covers scanning 35mm and 120 format film and slides. This presentation also compares scanning yourself vs using a lab. Detailed information on Plustek's new OpticFilm 120 film scanner is also included.

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Photographic Film and Slide Scanning Alternatives

  1. 1. Alternatives for Scanning Film Negatives & Slides Mark Druziak Plustek Director of Marketing 562-650-3900 markdruziak@plustek.com March 2013
  2. 2. Agenda • Planning your film scanning projects • Film scanning alternatives • Film scanners vs flatbed vs camera based scanners • Hardware alternatives • Software alternatives • Lab Scanning Services • Plustek OpticFilm Scanners
  3. 3. Planning your scanning project Scanning film & slides is an art! • Still shooting film? – Color? B/W? both? – What format? • Converting old stuff? – How many slides or negatives? • Really? Edit Edit Edit! – Shoebox of prints – • we’ll talk about this in a second • What is your final output? – Scan it ONCE! • Web • Print
  4. 4. Planning your scanning project Scanning film & slides is an art! • Budgeting your time – Need to learn scanner and software – Editing, selecting and organizing film and slides – Develop a workflow that works for you • Assume 2 – 10 minutes per image – Plus post scan editing
  5. 5. Scanning Workflows • Bach scan then post scan edit – Risky because re-scans can take a lot of time. – Not possible with manual feed scanner • Scan single image and edit immediately – Edit image while the next image is being scanned • Scan all images in film holder and then edit – Good compromise – Works well with Lightroom Auto Import
  6. 6. Scanning Prints Shoeboxes Full Of Prints – Scanner with automatic feeder • Load up feeder with up to 30 photos • Good enough quality for web and photo books • Not for gallery prints – Flatbed • Look for CCD based scanner for best quality • Might only be able to scan one image at a time.
  7. 7. Film Scanner Alternatives • • • • Camera based “film scanner” Flatbed scanner with transparency adapter Dedicated film scanner Drum scanner
  8. 8. Film Scanner Choices Camera Based Scanner • Pros – Low price ($99 or less) – Simple • Cons – Low resolution – Low dynamic range – Web sharing only
  9. 9. Film Scanner Choices Flatbed with Transparency Adapter Pros – Some offer very good quality • Higher $ = Higher Quality – Easy batch scanning – Supports multiple formats • Some even support large format negatives • Better for MF and LF than 35mm Cons – Some not any better than camera based devices – Lower resolution – Lower dynamic range
  10. 10. Film Scanner Choices Dedicated Film Scanner Pros – – – – Higher resolution than a flatbed Higher dynamic range than a flatbed Color Consistency and Accuracy Better overall image quality • Web to Gallery Prints possible Cons – Can only scan one or two different formats
  11. 11. Film Scanner Choices Dedicated Film Scanner • Higher resolution and dynamic range than flatbed
  12. 12. Film Scanner Choices Drum Scanner Pros – Best image quality possible – Highest dynamic range possible Cons – Slow – Cost • Prices start at $12,000!
  13. 13. Dust and Scratch Removal Alternatives • IR based system – IR image only show dust and scratches – Automatically removed by software – Requires and extra scanner pass • Longer scan times – Does not work with silver halide based B/W film • Software based – Softens image • Wet Mount – Tedious – Dangerous chemicals – Works well! • Healing tools in Photoshop – Tedious – Need to buy software
  14. 14. ScanningSoftware Alternatives • Software is important to image quality – Scanning software works with “raw” pixels – Adjust with scanning to get the best possible image • But don’t kill yourself! • Post scan processing is almost always needed – Burn/’Dodge, dust clean up etc – Color negative to positive conversion important • Built in film profiles • Create your own profiles
  15. 15. Software Alternatives Basic Software Provided with Scanner Pros – Easy to use – No additional cost Cons – Typically doesn’t provide the best image quality – Does not provide as much control as third party scanning software
  16. 16. Software Alternatives SilverFast and ViewScan • SilverFast – – – – – • Bundled with all Plustek Scanners Very comprehensive Learning curve IR Dust and scratch removal Multiple Exposure to increase dynamic range VueScan – – – – – – Inexpensive Works with just about every scanner Easy to use DNG output IR Dust and Scratch Multiple Exposure
  17. 17. Alternative to scanning yourself Lab Scans • Scanning film & slides is an art! • Image quality is only as good as the scan operator. • Know where your film is going! – Some low cost services ship your film and slides off shore • Can be very expensive – $1 to $25 per image • If you choose to use a lab: – Send at least two different test batches at different times • Judge quality and repeatability
  18. 18. OpticFilm Scanner Models Plustek OpticFilm Scanners: 35mm: – OpticFilm 8100 – OpticFilm 8200i Ai 35mm and 120 Format: – OpticFilm 120
  19. 19. Scanning is FUN! Mark Druziak markdruziak@plustek.com 562-650-3900
  20. 20. OpticFilm 8XXX Quick Facts: • • 7200 dpi 35mm film and slide scanner 3 different models: – Entry – Intermediate – Pro • • • • • LED illumination SilverFast SE or Ai included IR dust and scratch removal on “i” models. Professional image quality. Many excellent independent reviews on internet
  21. 21. OpticFilm Scanner Models • All three models are basically the same hardware. • EXCEPT: – 8200i models add infrared dust and scratch removal • OpticFilm 8100 and 8200i SE – Both ship with Lasersoft SilverFast SE – 8200i SE adds IR dust and scratch removal • OpticFilm 8200i Ai – Ships with SilverFast Ai – IT8 Calibration Slide
  22. 22. OpticFilm Features • LED Illumination – Long life – Consistent output • SilverFast SE or Ai • Multi-Sampling – Noise reduction • Multi-Exposure – Increased Dmax – up to 3.6 • Automatic dust removal – SRD software based on 8100 – iSRD IR based on 8200i models • iSRD does not work with silver halide based B/W film • iSRD does work with chromogenic B/W film (C-41 process)
  23. 23. OpticFilm Features - continued • Film tray • Slide tray • Quick Scan – Create a JPG at the touch of a button • Carrying bag • Quick start guide
  24. 24. OpticFilm - Model Positioning • OpticFilm 8100 – Easy to use – Amateur photographer or film scanner – Customer that is more interested in “Auto” mode rather than ultimate control over the scanning process. – Customer that will ONLY scan B/W film and is price sensitive.
  25. 25. OpticFilm - Model Positioning • OpticFilm 8200i SE – Advanced amateur – Customer concerned with dust and scratch removal • OpticFilm 8200i Ai – Professional or advanced amateur wanting complete control over the scanning process. – Customer that requires IT8 calibration and/or color managed workflow.
  26. 26. Lasersoft SilverFast SE vs Ai • Lasersoft SilverFast is defacto standard for film scanning software. • What’s the difference? – Both 8200i models support iSRD. – 8100 model supports SRD only. – Think of the difference between Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS5. – SE is (relatively) easy to use. – Ai offers complete control. – Ai includes IT8 calibration slide
  27. 27. Reviews • Shutterbug Magazine 9/2010 Issue http://shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/scanners_printers/0910plustek/ • Shutterbug Magzaine 10/2013 issue – OpticFilm 120 Review • TrustedReviews 3/8/2010 http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2010/03/08/Plustek-OpticFilm8200i-SE-Film-Scanner/p1 • Luminous Landscape 7/2010 http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/scanners/plustek.shtml • Rangefinderforum.com • Leica forum – i-camera-forum.com • Flickr.com – Opticfilm groups and user images
  28. 28. Resources • Plustek OpticFilm Website http://plustek.com/usa/products/opticfilm-series/ – – – – – – Detailed Features OpticFilm 8100 vs 8200i OpticFilm 8200i SE vs 8200i Ai Specifications Downloads Customer Testimonials (NEW!)
  29. 29. Plustek OpticFilm 120 Product Introduction Ver 4.0 Mark Druziak Plustek Director of Marketing February 2013
  30. 30. Agenda • • • • • • • • • • Why a dedicated film scanner? OpticFilm 120 Introduction Product Purpose Target Audiences OpticFilm 120 Overview What’s in the box Specifications Unique Selling points Competitor Analysis Appendix
  31. 31. Why a dedicated film scanner? • Higher resolution than a flatbed • Higher dynamic range than a flatbed • Color Consistency and Accuracy
  32. 32. OpticFilm 120 Introduction The OpticFilm 120 delivers the professional image quality results from 35mm film strips, slides, and 120/220 film from 6x4.5cm up to 6x12cm in sizes. It is designed for professional photographers, advanced amateur photographers, film photo enthusiasts, photography schools and clubs. The OpticFilm 120 satisfies the film scanning requirements of advanced amateurs or professionals that require the ultimate in image quality and an ICC profiled scanning system.
  33. 33. Product Design Goals • Scan film and provide extremely high quality digital images for any output including presentation quality prints. • Provide the highest quality digital images from photographic film. • Satisfy the film scanning needs of professional and consumer photographers using high quality film cameras. For example: 645 cameras: Pentax 645, Hasselblad, Mamiya 645; TLR Cameras: Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Yashica; 6x7 Cameras Mamiya 7, FujiFilm 670, Voigtlander Bessa 667; 35mm Cameras: Leica, Voigtlander, Nikon, Canon etc. • Satisfy the film scanning needs of advanced amateurs or professionals that require a complete ICC profiled system. • Sharing of film photo images.
  34. 34. Target Audiences • • • • • • Classic film camera owners Film photo enthusiasts Professional photographers Advanced amateur photographers Photography school and clubs Photographers and photo labs that require an ICC profiled scanning system • Low volume custom photographic processing and printing shops
  35. 35. OpticFilm 120 Overview (Front view) LED indicator 1. Power on: blue 2. Standby: orange 1 Action button 2 Power on button Eject button Film holder slot
  36. 36. OpticFilm 120 Overview (Rear view) 1 2 Folding rear protection cover 3 1. Rear film holder slot 2. USB port connector 3. AC adapter connector
  37. 37. What’s in the box Film holders 6x7 cm IT8 Target OF120 Film scanner Masking Sheet x2 SilverFast DVD AC adapter ; USB cable Plustek and SilverFast QG SilverFast license key Plustek CD
  38. 38. Key Features • Extraordinary Image Quality – – – – 8-element glass lens High sensitive color CCD Built-in infrared channel IT 8 target and color calibration • Newly Designed film carriers ensure accurate imaging and efficient workflow. – – – – Holds medium format film flat. Easy to load The patent-pending adjustable pitch film holders Efficent workflow – Motorized film transport; batch scanning capability • Elegant and Compact Design – Elegant appearance – Compact Design - Smaller Footprint – Special rubber shock isolator foot pads • Powered by LaserSoft Imaging AG SilverFast® – Windows/ Mac ; multi-tasking capability; lots of image tools and features for best image quality
  39. 39. Extraordinary Image Quality “The OpticFilm 120 reaches an image quality level that is typically achieved by drum scanners.” Quote from LaserSoft Imaging
  40. 40. Glass Lens with 8-elements in 5 groups • Sharpness and high resolution (Optical resolution is up to 5300 dpi ) 100 % crop without post editing 200 % crop without post editing Helps to resolve every detail that is captured by the camera and film
  41. 41. High sensitivity color CCD • With 10,600 dpi resolution and with multi-exposure capability. • Delivering an effective usable Dynamic Range of 4,01 (with SilverFast MultiExposure®/ according to ISO 21550:2004) and a theoretically maximum density of 4.8. Normal scan w/ MultiExposure Provides accurate color and all highlight and shadow details.
  42. 42. Built-in Infrared Channel • IR Channel detects dust and scratches on non-silverhalide based films. • Tight integration with SilverFast iSRD® for excellent dust and scratch removal image results. Original IR Mark Correct Removes dust and scratches without the need for additional retouching
  43. 43. IT8 Target and color calibration • Stable led light sources • Medium format 6x7cm IT 8 calibration target included • SilverFast Auto IT8 Calibration® - in just 2 mouse clicks. “Easy to use”
  44. 44. Newly designed film carriers ensure accurate imaging and efficient workflow
  45. 45. Film Flatness on Medium Format VS Plustek OpticFilm 120 film holders Competitive 120 film holders
  46. 46. User-Oriented • Plustek OpticFilm 120 users do not need to cut their 3frame 6x7 film strip into single frames. Plustek OpticFilm 120 film holders 3rd frame will not fit Competitive 120 film holders Result is cropped image
  47. 47. Patent-pending adjustable pitch film holders 1. Dedicated 120 film strip holders. 2. Specifically designed for 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, 6x8/6x9, 6x12, 35mm negative, and 35mm slide films 3. Easy to load film strip 6x7 4. Adjustable pitch maintains film flatness 5. No need to cut 3-frame 6x7 120 film strips. 6x6 6x4.5 6x8 | 6x9 Adjustable pitch design 6x12 35mm
  48. 48. Efficient workflow • Motorized film transport • Automatic batch scanning capacity. A. B. C. D. E. F. G. For scanning 35mm mounted slides (max. 5 slides) For scanning 35mm filmstrips (max. 12 frames) For scanning 120/220 6x4.5 film strips (max. 4 frames) For scanning 120/220 6x6 film strips (max. 3 frames) For scanning 120/220 6x7 film strips (max. 3 frames) For scanning 120/220 6x8/ 6x9 film strips (max. 2 frames) For scanning 120/220 6x12 film strips (max. 1 frame)
  49. 49. Elegant and Compact Design The OpticFilm 120 is the most compact 120 film scanner on the market.
  50. 50. Elegant Appearance Textured metal case LED indicator Black mirror acrylic front panel
  51. 51. Compact Design - Smaller Footprint Folding rear cover
  52. 52. Competitor Analysis - 1 Plustek OpticFilm 120 Film Type Brand N Brand P | Brand R 9000 PF120 | 5000 Up to Supported Up to Supported Up to 35 mm strip v 12 v 12 v 6 35 mm framed v 5 v 5 v 4 v 4 v 4 v 3 6 x 6 strip 120/220 Supported 6 x 4.5 strip 135 Frame size v 3 v 3 v 2 6 x 7 strip v 3 v 2 v 1 6 x 8 strip v 2 v 2 v 1 6 x 9 strip v 2 v 2 v 1 6 x 12 strip v 1 No - v 1
  53. 53. Competitor Analysis - 2 Plustek Brand N Brand P | Brand R OpticFilm 120 9000 PF120 | 5000 4000 dpi 3200 dpi v v No v | SilverFast iSRD v | ICE v | Magic Touch Higher result than Nikon - Lower result than Nikon Automatic Feeder v v No Batch scan capability v v No 210 x 374 x 189 mm 249 x 203 x 498 mm 200 x 400 x 160 mm   Optical resolution Multi- Exposure capability Built-in IR and solution Dynamic Range Dimensions (W x D x H) Win 5300 dpi
  54. 54. Powered By LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast
  55. 55. The Plustek OpticFilm 120 is a critical element of the film processing and printing workflow that produces results that professionals demand. Perfect for scanning 35mm and 120 size films
  56. 56. Thank You! Mark Druziak markdruziak@plustek.com 562-650-3900

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