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Film Scanning: A Comparison of Epson Flatbed, Drum Scans, and DSLR Scans

Home Film Photography

For every modern film photographer and every digital photographer who occasionally shoots film, having scans of your images is a must-have. The question remains, however, which method of scanning is best?

In this video, Nick Carver covers three different techniques of digitizing one example of color negative film and one example of color-reversal film. I found his breakdown of the results to be rigorous and very educational. I’ve never cared for comparisons that provide one example and a summary of results and to this end, Nick evaluates the ups and downs of each method from a variety of perspectives.

I’d be lying if I said that comparisons like this haven’t been immensely helpful in my journey as a photographer. Without in-depth comparisons such as this video, we are often left to wander through the world of film photography hoping we’re doing the best job we can but always wondering if there’s a better way. Personally, I use an Epson V600 and have been incredibly happy with it over the years. After getting into 4×5, I’ve found myself no longer being able to utilize my Epson for all of my scanning needs and have resorted to digitizing with my Sony a7rii.

What have your experiences been? Do you scan at home? Have you scanned using more than one method?

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