Rescanning old negatives, and the curse of dust

I recently (grudgingly) sold my Nikon Coolscan IV 35mm scanner, to be able to buy a flatbed that could accommodate both 35mm and 120 negatives. I’m still not massively sold on the flimsy film holders, as opposed to the easy-peasy “feed it in the hole and wait for the clanging to stop” method of the Coolscan. However, I can’t fault the quality of the scans, even if the method of obtaining them is a bit of a pain.

These shots were taken in the spring, locally to me – a test of my new 50mm Bronica SQ-A lens, and mostly metered on my phone or by eye (still not perfect, but not bad!).

I scanned and processed these all at night, in the dark… which meant I didn’t spot the MASSIVE amounts of dust on the negatives. At some point I’ll go through and clone it all out, but for now, it’s nice to have them properly scanned.

 

A new scanner, and some wedding photos

I’ve used a trusty Nikon Coolscan IV for years, since I bought it for a song from someone who didn’t really know what it was (sometimes in life, you get lucky). It’s a fantastic scanner – quick, produces scans of decent size, and because it focuses on the film itself, capable of producing sharp results. However, it’s only designed for 35mm film – as I’m shooting more and more 120 film recently, I thought it was (sadly) time to replace it.

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Rescanning – Nikon Coolscan IV vs shop scans

Back in 2011 when I was just starting out with film photography properly, I had a roll of Fomapan 400 developed at a local photo shop – just a little one, next to my then-office on Brick Lane, run by an older guy and obviously geared up for holiday snaps. Must have cost around £7 or so for a black and white processing, and scans on a CD. I liked how they came out, but they were rather small, and I’d like to get a couple of them printed up properly someday, so I decided to re-scan on my little Coolscan IV.

 

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Transferring negs to digital with a DSLR

Mostly for my own reference later, but a great and really simple guide for anyone with negatives they’d like to transfer to their computer.

http://photo.tutsplus.com/tutorials/shooting/scanning-negatives-with-your-digital-camera/

Also the dev process:

http://silvermine.org.au/2011/06/black-and-white-film-developing-at-home-part-1/
http://silvermine.org.au/2011/06/black-and-white-film-developing-at-home-part-2/
http://silvermine.org.au/2011/06/black-and-white-film-developing-at-home-part-3/